Everton Under-23s held off a late challenge from Fulham in a top-of-the-group Premier League Cup clash at Southport to grab a victory that takes them top of Group B.
The cup holders leapfrogged the Cottagers in the table thanks to a 4-2 victory secured with the help of two goals from Dennis Adeniran.
A Zico Asare own goal had set the Blues on their way when he turned Kyle John's cross past his own goalkeeper but the visitors equalised in short order.
However, Adeniran restored Everton's advantage when he converted Antony Evans's square pass before Evans himself hit the post with a free-kick shortly before half-time.
Adeniran made it 3-1 with a fine finish in the second half.
With Lewis Gibson and Anthony Gordon not named in the squad, David Unsworth had new signing Jarrad Branthwaite in defence alongside Morgan Feeney but, despite having a good overall game, it was the former who marred his debut by conceding the penalty from which Fulham pulled one back again through Taylor-Crossdale.
Everton killed the tie late on, however, when Manassé Mampala struck to complete the scoring at 4-2.
Everton U23s: Virginia, John, Foulds, Feeney, Ouzounidis (46' Iversen (62' Denny)), Branthwaite, Adeniran, Baningime, Simms, Markelo [Y] (46' Mampala), Evans.
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Joe Anderson.
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1 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:00:13
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8 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:45:29
Fabulous work by Evans on the goal-line when he dispossess the defender and crosses low for Adenian to finish with aplomb for the goal he deserves
9 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:46:40
10 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:58:41
Pity there isn't a stream to watch it
11 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:10:19
12 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:20:16
It's Adeniran again! The Blues midfielder picked up a sloppy Fulham pass and powered down the right before planting a sweet finish into the corner of the net. 3-1
13 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:22:27
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16 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:33:36
Nice to see Dennis Adeniran taking my comments that he's not good enough for the first team and ramming them down my throat. More please Dennis.
17 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:36:31
Before then, the official site had this:
A remarkable piece of play! Evans collects a forward pass but his shot hits the right post and his follow up effort strikes the left post!â€
Sounds worth watching this one.
18 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:41:19
Evans and Adeniran doing well but the defence not so much by the sound of it. Fulham nearly equalized but hit the post just now.
Also, no Gordon so he'll likely be on the bench tomorrow then.
19 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:50:31
Timmy's full name is: Jason Timiebi Ogheneobrucheme Bakumo-Abraham
So it should be Kevin and Jason!
20 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:52:48
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23 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:56:52
Final score: 4-2
24 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:57:56
Everton 4 Fulham
Everton have surely wrapped things up with a neat finish from Mampala. 4-2
25 Posted 17/01/2020 at 20:58:33
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28 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:23:13
It's Everton v Fulham in the Premier League Cup at Southport and the Blues line-up is: Joao Virginia, Kyle John, Matthew Foulds, Morgan Feeney (c), Con Ouzounidis, Jarrad Branthwaite, Dennis Adeniran, Beni Baningime, Ellis Simms, Nathangelo Markelo, Antony Evans. Subs: Alex Denny, Harry Tyrer, Manasse Mampala, Joe Anderson, Einar Iversenâ€
Dave A. I'd give Antony Evans a new one year deal. But we must loan him out this window. He needs league football. He's 20 now and he's getting to the age where he will miss the boat. He needs to be playing regularly.
29 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:29:47
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35 Posted 17/01/2020 at 22:22:44
Fingers crossed eh!!
36 Posted 18/01/2020 at 13:23:11
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38 Posted 20/01/2020 at 16:13:19
The sad thing is he is now 21. I fear he's stagnated. He should have gone on loan this summer to a decent Championship side. Unsworth did say he tried to get him out on loan, but it never came off. No explanation was given as to why. Unsworth promised to try and get him out in this window, but we're into well into the final 2 weeks and he's still not left.
He needs a loan to have any chance to making the Everton side. Consider that Anthony Gordon is only 18 and that shows how much time he has lost. It's a real shame because the boy had talent.
39 Posted 20/01/2020 at 16:26:29
Adeniran looks like a real horse -- he has developed impressively.
And I've played on better pitches in my Sunday kickarounds.
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