The lost Senior Cup game

Tuesday, 12 May, 2020 4comments  |  Jump to last

The season may well be declared null and void but, whatever happens, we don't intend to strike out the playing records that we have assembled on the website for the first-team, Under-23s and Under-18s who have represented Everton Football Club this season.

One of those games that I'd completely missed took place on a cold and windy Tuesday night back in January. It was a Liverpool Senior Cup Quarterfinal clash that slipped by virtually unnoticed as Everton Under-18s fell to a 2-0 loss against the City of Liverpool at their Berry Street Garage Stadium in Bootle.

I found a match report but what I need help with is the team-sheet for the Everton players who took part that night. This is the only Under-18s match for which I have been unable to find a full list of those who turned out in Everton's salmon-pink shirts that night.

This is the brief match report which identifies around half of the Everton players:

After scrappy opening exchanges, Everton created the first real chance of the contest. Direct play saw Callum Whittaker drive at the City of Liverpool defence. He then threaded an expertly-weighted through ball to Liam Higgins, but the onrushing keeper was alert to the danger.

Despite much of the first half being controlled by the hosts, the young Blues continued to create chances. Higgins dropped deep to entice a free-kick as Rhys Hughes crossed for a rising Joe Anderson, but he was unable to direct his header on target.

Swirling winds made it difficult for Everton to find any rhythm in the first period and it was the hosts who made the breakthrough.

The Blues were unable to deal with a low corner and the ball popped out to the edge of the box for McEllin to strike, as the midfielder drove the ball into the bottom left-hand corner just shy of the interval.

An instant response beckoned as Hughes came agonisingly close to drawing Everton level moments later. The midfielder created some space just outside the 18-yard area to let fly, but he could only watch as his dipping effort struck the crossbar and bounced out.

With the score in the home side's favour, the Blues came out for the second half looking for a route back into the contest. Great harrowing by Whittaker won the ball back in the centre of the pitch and, with all the time in the world, he slipped the ball inside to the feet of Tom Cannon, but the forward was unable to get his shot away.

With time running out, Paul Tait started to ring the changes. Katia Kouyate, John Anderson and Sean McAllister all being introduced, with the latter nearly making an instant impact, his unmarked header sitting up comfortably for the hosts' keeper.

As the game wore on, Everton continued to search for the equaliser. Hughes caused problems in-between the lines once again as he skipped past the City of Liverpool midfield, only for his eventual shot to drift high and wide.

Despite a much-improved second-half performance, the hosts doubled their lead. With just under 15 minutes of the match remaining, Brown found himself unmarked in the Everton penalty area and was able to easily guide his header past Harry Tyrer in the Blues' goal.

What I did find to make this task possible was a long(ish) recording of the game on YouTube:

So, for any intrepid students of the Academy who can spend an hour or so going through it, can you please help me identify these players, 1 through 11 (along with the three subs already named above)?

This is what I have so far:

Everton U18s:

1 Harry Tryer
2 Charlie Whittaker
3 Daniel Lowey?
4 Joe Anderson
5
6 Rhys Hughes
7 Liam Higgins
8 Tyler Onyango?
9 Tom Cannon
10
11

Substitutes:
17 (Katia Kouyate)
__ (Jon Anderson)
__ (Sean McAllister)

Additional Resources:

Everton Under-18s Squad Photos
Everton Under-18s Squad at TransferMarkt

 

Reader Comments (4)

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 12/05/2020 at 10:13:01
One puzzle is "Callum Whittaker" named in the match report (from the Official Everton website). Yet on the Under-18s squad page, he is named as "Charlie Whitaker".

But in the teamsheets for other U18s games at YouthHawk, he is always listed as "Charlie Whittaker".

Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 12/05/2020 at 10:21:56
And one sub comes on at 45:40 in the recording. I assume it's Katia Kouyate... but it might be Jonathan Anderson (not 'John', as listed incorrectly in the match report).

It looks like he's replacing Tom Cannon but they don't wear numbers on their shorts so that makes it tough.

Phill Thompson
3 Posted 14/05/2020 at 19:44:28
Wow Michael that is some puzzle you’ve set! I dipped in and out until about 60 mins, I’ll have another look if I get chance.
Some definites, some maybes, some guesses.
Def: Tyrer, Joe Anderson 5, Hughes 6, Onyango 8, Cannon 9.
I’m pretty sure (!) Charlie Whittaker is 10, Dylan Thompson is 5, Daniel Lowey is 3.
I think 2 is Josh Hosie, Liam Higgins 7

11 is a puzzle. Yep it was Katia Kouyate coming on as sub, though I haven’t seen the other subs yet.

Thanks for sharing the video, Onyango looked good, Thompson too at the centre of defence if it was him and c No 10, if it was Charlie Whitaker had a good game, it did look a bit like Mackenzie Hunt but I think he’s now a bit bigger and possibly injured at the time. I ll have another think about No 11 too.

Phill Thompson
4 Posted 16/05/2020 at 09:15:26
I haven't had a chance for another look, so as a guess I'm going for schoolboy Isaac Price as No 11, small enough but who knows? Too difficult to tell, they all look alike at that age. ;-)

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