Lineups, scores and brief match details for Everton Academy Under-18s side from Finch Farm.
|● Results & Fixtures||A record of Everton's Under-18 matches during the season|
|● League Setup||An explanation of the new Under-18 Premier League setup|
|● League Table||Everton's position in the North Group table|
|● Match Details||Teamsheets and brief reports for each match|
|● Appearances||A table of Under-18 appearances and goals|
|● Friendlies||Results from Under-18 friendly matches|
|Manager: Paul Tait|
Everton Under-18s made a great start to the 2019-20 season, winning 7 of their first 10 games in the U-18 Premier League, and scoring 10 goals in one game and 7 in another. But they flagged a little in mid-season, drifting off the pace required. Games scheduled for mid-March and the rest of the season were cancelled as a result of the lockdown implemented to control the Covid-19 pandemic, with Everton finishing 3rd in the U18 Premier League (North).
|U18 Premier League ― North Group||All KOs are UK time|
|Sat 10 Aug||Derby County (H)||2 - 1||Warrington, Welch||Finch Farm||PLN:1|
|Sat 24 Aug||West Bromwich Albion (H)||7 - 3||Cannon 2, Onyango, Dobbin 2, Quirk, Huhes||Finch Farm||PLN:2|
|Sat 31 Aug||Manchester City (A)||0 - 3||Academy Stadium||PLN:3|
|Sat 7 Sep||Middlesbrough (A)||P - P|
|Sat 14 Sep||Sunderland (H)||10 - 0||Quirk, Onyango, Cannon 4, Warrington, Hughes (pen), Thompson||Finch Farm||PLN:4|
|Sat 21 Sep||Manchester United (A)||3 - 2||Welch, Cannon 2||AON Complex||PLN:5|
|Sat 28 Sep||Sunderland (H)||1 - 0||Onyango||Finch Farm||PLC:C1|
|Sat 5 Oct||Liverpool (H)||1 - 6||Onyango||Finch Farm||PLN:6|
|Sat 19 Oct||Wolves (A)||3 - 0||Carroll, Dobbin 2||Hayward Ground||PLN:7|
|Sat 26 Oct||Fulham (A)||4 - 3||Hosie, Higgins, Hughes (pen), Carroll||Motspur||PLC:C2|
|Tue 29 Oct||Blackburn Rovers (A)||3 - 4||Phillips, Hughes 2||LaSC:QF|
|Sat 9 Nov||Blackburn Rovers (H)||4 - 1||Carroll, Cannon 2, McAllister||Finch Farm||PLN:8|
|Sat 23 Nov||Norwich City (H)||0 - 3||Finch Farm||PLC:C3|
|Sat 30 Nov||Stoke City (A)||1 - 5||Cannon||Clayton Wood||PLN:9|
|Wed 4 Dec||Derby County (A)||0 - 1||Pride Park||FAYC:3|
|Sat 14 Dec||Newcastle United (H)||3 - 1||Dobbin 2, Cannon||Finch Farm||PLN:10|
|Sat 11 Jan||Middlesbrough (H)||1 - 0||Quirk||Finch Farm||PLN:11|
|Sat 18 Jan||Manchester City (H)||1 - 1||Dobbin||Finch Farm||PLN:12|
|Sat 25 Jan||Reading (A)||2 - 3||Cannon, McAllister||Bearwood Park||PLC:QF|
|Tue 28 Jan||City of Liverpool (A)||0 - 2||Berry Street Garage||LSC:QF|
|Sat 1 Feb||West Bromwich Albion (A)||2 - 1||Dobbin, Hughes||WBA Training||PLN:13|
|Sat 15 Feb||Derby County (A)||1 - 2||Cannon||Moor Farm||PLN:14|
|Sat 22 Feb||Sunderland (A)||7 - 2||McAllister, Dobbin 3, Cannon 3||Academy of Light||PLN:15|
|Tue 10 Mar||Manchester United (H)||2 - 3||Onyango, Cannon||Finch Farm||PLN:16|
|Sat 14 Mar||Liverpool (A)||C - C|
|Sat 21 Mar||Wolves (H)||C - C||Matches cancelled|
|Sat 4 Apr||Blackburn Rovers (A)||C - C||due to the|
|Sat 18 Apr||Stoke City (H)||C - C||Coronavirus Pandemic|
|Sat 25 Apr||Newcastle United (A)||C - C|
|Sat 2 May||Midddlesbrough (A)||C - C|
|U18s Pre-season Friendlies||All KOs are UK time|
The 2019-20 season was not completed with all games after 10 March cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The U18 Premier League replaced the Premier Academy League at the start of the 2012-13 season with the aim to enhance youth development and help transition players between the Academy and First Team.
The 2019-20 Under-18 Premier League is the sixth campaign of the top tier of the Under-18 Development League. A total of 24 so-called Category 1 Development teams are split regionally into north and south groups. Teams face their regional opponents both home and away before the top two face each other to determine the national champion. Chelsea were the defending champions from 2017-18.
Age requirement: Clubs are not allowed to field any outfield players outside of the U18 age category. However, the goalkeeper is permitted to come from the U19 age category.
The 12 clubs in the North Group of the 2019-20 U18 Premier League are:
Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers
The 12 clubs in the South Group of the 2019-20 U18 Premier League are:
Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur & West Ham United.
The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-18 matches during the 2019-20 Season.
U18 Premier League North, Game #1
Saturday 10 August 2019
USM Finch Farm
Everton Under-18s kicked off their 2019-20 U18 Premier League (North) campaign with a fine win over reigning champions Derby County at USM Finch Farm on Saturday.
The young Blues, who finished 3rd last season, took on the Young Rams side who finished top of the Northern section in 2018-19 before beating Southern Division winners Arsenal in a play-off to be crowned National Champions.
First-half goals from Lewis Warrington and Reece Welch sealed the first win of the season for the young Blues.
Everton U18s: Hansen, Hosie, Jon Anderson [Y] (80' Hagan), Dylan Thompson, Welch, Hughes, Quirk, Onyango, Dobbin (86' Garcia), Warrington, Max Thompson.
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Lowey, Cannon.
U18 Premier League North, Game #2
Saturday 24 August 2019
USM Finch Farm
West Brom, who were beaten 10-0 last season by Everton U18s, did better this time in the share of goals: they only lost 7-3 this time.
West Brom got off to a flying start, racing into a two-goal lead within the opening seven minutes. Everton rallied and were back on terms by half-time, Tom Cannon and Tyler Onyango on target for Tait's team.
The second half saw Everton overwhelm the Midlands side, with the young Blues showcasing their collective skill, invention and ruthlessness in front of goal.
Lewis Dobbin struck 12 minutes after the break, before quickfire efforts from Cannon and Sebastian Quirk put the Blues 5-2 ahead.
Rhys Hughes added a sixth late in the piece, and although the Baggies hit a late consolation, the clinical Dobbin completed his brace in stoppage time to wrap up a resounding Everton success.
Everton U18s: McIntyre, Hosie (78' Hagan), D Thompson, Jon Anderson, Welch, M Thompson (46' Carroll), Dobbin, Quirk, Onyango, Hughes, Cannon (74' Kouyate).
Subs not Used: Rose, Lowey.
U18 Premier League North, Game #3
Saturday 31 August 2019
After their enterprising goal spree last weekend, Everton U18s were brought back down to earth at the City Academy on Saturday morning, losing 3-0.
Everton U18s: McIntyre, Welch, Jon Anderson [Y] (46' Hosie), Quirk, D Thompson, Hughes, Onyango, Carroll [Y], Dobbin, Cannon (64' Higgins), Warrington (75' M Thompson).
Subs not Used: Rose, Hagan.
U18 Premier League North, Game #4
Saturday 14 September 2019
USM Finch Farm
Everton Under-18s were really in the mood at Finch Farm today, smashing 10 goals past Sunderland. The Blues scored inside 60 seconds and, after Sebastian Quirk’s breakthrough goal, showed their opponents no mercy.
Tait’s side was 5-0 up at half-time and – in front of Everton’s former Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, watching at USM Finch Farm – had doubled their tally by the final whistle.
Tom Cannon promptly scored twice inside five minutes following the restart to add to his first-half double.
Lewis Warrington, Rhys Hughes from the spot and, in the final minute, Max Thompson completed the scoring. Quirk had earlier netted his second, while Tyler Onyango returned from England Under-17 duty with a ninth-minute strike.
Scorers: Quirk (1', 35'), Onyango (9'), Cannon (16', 22', 47', 50'), Warrington (78'), Hughes (pen:88'), M Thompson (90).
Everton U18s: McIntyre, Hosie (65' Higgins), Lowey, Welch, D Thompson [Y], Hughes, Quirk, Onyango, Cannon (76' M Thompson), Carroll, Dobbin (65' Warrington).
Subs not Used: Rose, Jon Anderson.
U18 Premier League North, Game #5
Saturday 28 September 2019
Tom Cannon scored twice and Reece Welch was also on target to give Everton Under-18s to a terrific 3-2 victory at Manchester United.
England Under-16 international Welch opened the scoring on 16 minutes, with hosts Man Utd levelling 16 minutes later.
Cannon's first of the afternoon swiftly restored Everton's advantage but the teams went in level after Man Utd converted a penalty 2 minutes before the break. Cannon conjured the decisive strike 3 minutes after half-time.
Everton U18s: McIntyre, Hosie, Lowey, Welch, D Thompson,
Hughes [Y], Quirk [Y], Onyango, Cannon (83' Higgins), Carroll (71' Warrington), Dobbin (88' M Thompson).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Jon Anderson.
U18 Premier League North, Game #6
Saturday 5 October 2019
USM Finch Farm
Everton Under-18s fell to a humiliating 6-1 Merseyside derby loss at Finch Farm on Saturday.
The young Blues went into Saturday's Premier League (North) clash in fine form, having won three on the spin, and took the lead through England Under-17 international Tyler Onyango. But two late first-half strikes saw Liverpool edge ahead before the visitors hit four more in the second half.
Onyango celebrated his England Under-17s call up in the best possible way with an eighth-minute opener. After a teasing ball into the box struck the post, Onyango was in the right place at the right time to slide the ball home.
Everton continued to carve out chances, this time the post coming to the away side's rescue after Thomas Cannon's sweetly-struck volley. Then, just minutes later, Cannon was in the thick of it again, heading over from Reece Hughes' free-kick.
With just minutes left of the first-half, those missed opportunities came back to bite the home side as Liverpool took the lead and never looked back.
Everton U18s: McIntyre, Hosie, Lowey, Welch, D Thompson (83' Hagan), Hughes [Y], Quirk, Onyango, Cannon (88' M Thompson), Warrington (62' Carroll), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Higgins.
U18 Premier League North, Game #7
Saturday 19 OctOber 2019
Everton Under-18s stormed to a 3-0 victory at Wolves on Saturday. Lewis Dobbin's second-half double secured a comprehensive victory in the Midlands after Bobby Carroll's 17th-minute strike gave Everton a strong platform on which to build.
Everton continued to carve out opportunities. A nice piece of play on the edge of the box by Carroll opened up some space, his pass found Lewis Warrington, who saw his effort palmed round the post.
However, after a solid early spell, it was Wolves who had the best the chance of the opening stages. A nice one-two split the Everton defence, where Jack Barrett was called into action for the first time to deny them from close range.
That scare seemed to spring the Blues into life as Carroll opened the scoring. Sebastian Quirk weaved his way through the home defence and the striker latched onto his pin-point cross to slide the ball home.
As the half wore on, Wolves tried to find a route back into the contest. However, it was the away side who nearly doubled their lead. A goal-line clearance denied Quirk before Joshua Hosie latched onto Rhys Hughes's inch-perfect delivery, only for the right-back's shot to find the side-netting.
After a strong end to the first half, Everton started the second on the back foot. Some fabulous defending, though, was nearly met with rich reward on the counter, as Carroll threaded through Warrington, only for the midfielder's shot to be palmed away. Ryan Astley was excellent at the back and integral to Everton's ability to hit Wolves on the counter.
Everton's expert counter-attacking football was rewarded when Carroll threaded a perfectly-weighted through ball to set Dobbin away for the striker to calmly place past an onrushing keeper.
With just 10 minutes remaining, Dobbin's second put Everton out of sight. Quirk found time and space on the break and his pass found the forward, who placed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to seal a hard-fought victory.
Everton U18s: Barrett, Hosie, Jon Anderson (82' Lowey), Hagan, Astley, Hughes, Quirk, Onyango, Dobbin (82' Cannon), Carroll, Warrington (84' McAllister).
Subs not Used: McLachlan, Higgins.
U18 Premier League North, Game #8
Saturday 9 November 2019
USM Finch Farm
A pair of fine goals by Tom Cannon just before half time, added to the opening strike by Bobby Carroll to give Everton U18s full control of the game against Blackburn Rovers at Finch Farm by the half-time whistle.
Sean McAllister came on as a second-half sub and sealed things before the visitors notched a consolation goal right at the death.
Everton U18s: Barrett, Hosie, Lowey [Y], Hagan, D Thompson, Hughes, Quirk, Carroll (71' McAllister), Cannon (88' Higgins), Warrington, Dobbin (63' Whittaker).
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Jon Anderson.
U18 Premier League North, Game #9
Saturday 30 November 2019
In-form Everton forward Tom Cannon put the young Blues ahead 11 minutes in but Mohamed Sankho's equaliser meant the teams went in level at half-time.
A clinical Stoke team side added four further goals in the second half. The result means the Toffees slip to 4th in the U18 Premier League (North) table.
Everton U18s: Barrett, Hosie, Lowey [Y:75'] (76' Jon Anderson), Welch,
D Thompson, Hughes (71' Higgins), Quirk, Onyango, Cannon, Hunt (62' McAllister [Y:75']), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Hagan.
U18 Premier League North, Game #10
Saturday 7 December 2019
USM Finch Farm
Everton Under-18s completed a well-deserved 3-1 victory over Newcastle United after going behind in the U18 Premier League clash at USM Finch Farm on Saturday.
The young Blues turned it around in the second half when Lewis Dobbin's double and Tom Cannon's wonder goal completed a terrific comeback to move the Toffees back up to third in U18 Premier League (North) table.
After a tightly-contested 15 minutes, a rare mistake from Jack McIntyre in the Blues' goal gave the visitors the chance to open the scoring.
Everton fought back Dobbin ghosting through the Magpies' defence to see his effort bounce back off the bar, before Liam Higgins's fierce strike drifted over. Cannon coming agonisingly close to latching onto Higgins's teasing pass.
In the second half, Sean McAllister rose high but saw his header drift wide, before Sebastian Quirk drove his effort against the bar. After a heavy spell of Blues pressure, the equaliser came - Dobbin in the right place at the right time to take advantage of slack Newcastle defending to slide the ball in.
The momentum was with the hosts as the young Blues pressed for another and it nearly came when McAllister almost directed the ball home after a free-flowing counter-attacking move. The next goal came soon enough, Cannon arrowing the ball into the top right-hand corner, leaving the Magpies' keeper helpless in the away goal.
The young Blues were relentless and, with 15 minutes remaining, Dobbin doubled his tally. The England youth international latched onto Rhys Hughes's pin-point through-ball to stroke the ball in off the post to round off a hard-fought victory.
Everton U18s: McIntyre, Hosie, Jon Anderson, Hagan, D Thompson, Hughes [Y], Higgins (64' Whittaker), McAllister (78' Price), Cannon, Dobbin, Quirk [Y] (88' Welch).
Subs not Used: Leban, Lowey.
U18 Premier League North, Game #11
Saturday 11 January 2020
USM Finch Farm
Everton resumed their U18 Premier League campaign at Finch Farm on Saturday with a narrow win over Middlesbrough.
The decisive goal came on 36 minutes through Sebastian Quirk. In a dominant second-half display, the young Blues had plenty of chances to build on their one-goal lead, with Tom Cannon and Lewis Dobbin both going close as the Toffees held on for all three points.
Everton U18s: Leban, Hosie, Jon Anderson (75' Lowey [Y]), Hagan, Thompson, Hughes, Quirk [Y], Onyango, Cannon [Y], McAllister (76' Higgins), Dobbin (88' Price).
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Welch.
U18 Premier League North, Game #12
Saturday 18 January 2020
USM Finch Farm
Everton U18s drew 1-1 with their Manchester City counterparts at Finch Farm today after Lewis Dobbin converted Tom Cannon's low cross to put Everton in front on 7 minutes.
The Blues held out well for the majority of the first period but City forward Cole Palmer scored from the spot to draw the sides level on 31 minutes.
Everton continued to have the best of the chances after the break, with Sebastian Quirk, Cannon and Dobbin all creating goal-scoring opportunities.
Everton U18s: Leban, Hosie, Jon Anderson (46' Lowey), Hagan, Astley, Hughes, Higgins (83' Whittaker), Onyango, Cannon, Quirk, Dobbin.
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Thompson, Butterfield.
U18 Premier League North, Game #13
Saturday 1 February 2020
WBA Training Ground
Everton Under-18s held out for an impressive 2-1 victory away to West Brom in the U18 Premier League.
The young Blues made a flying start, going ahead after just three minutes when Lewis Dobbin collected Sean McAllister's through-ball and fired into the corner of the Baggies' goal.
The hosts restored parity just seven minutes later, however, when Faal converted after a scramble in the penalty box.
Dobbin went close to putting Everton back in front before they did on the half-hour mark. Dobbin drew a foul just outside the area and Hughes curled a superb free-kick past the keeper to make it 2-1.
The Blues threatened to extend their advantage in the second half with both Dobbin and McAllister having opportunities but they had done enough to claim the win despite late pressure from the Baggies.
Everton U18s: Leban, Hagan, Higgins (57' Lowey), Welch, Thompson, Hughes, Hosie, Onyango, Dobbin (90' Kouyate) Whittaker (63' Cannon), McAllister.
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Jon Anderson.
U18 Premier League North, Game #14
Saturday 15 February 2020
Everton Under-18s fell to a 4-1 defeat against Derby County at Moor Farm Training Ground on Saturday.
Tom Cannon's 13th-minute opener gave the young Blues a much-deserved advantage but the Rams hit back immediately to establish a half-time lead. Two more goals after the break completed Derby's victory, keeping Everton third in the Under-18 Premier League North table.
Everton U18s: Leban, Hagan, Lowey (46' Kristensen [Y]), Thompson, Jon Anderson, Hughes, Hosie, McAllister [Y], Cannon, Higgins, Dobbin.
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Kouyate, Whittaker, Butterfield.
U18 Premier League North, Game #15
Saturday 22 February 2020
Academy of Light
Everton U18s secured a massive win 7-2 at Sunderland in the North division of their league, thanks to hat-tricks from Lewis Dobbin and Tom Cannon.
That makes 17 goals scored against the Mackems in just two games this season, as Sunderland were on the wrong end of an even bigger beating at Finch Farm back in September, losing 10-0.
The Blues made the breakthrough on 27 minutes when McCallister let fly from range and found the back of the net. Sunderland cancelled out that strike before Dobbin and Cannon opened their accounts for the afternoon just before the interval.
The power and pace from the Everton frontline was proving troublesome for the hosts' defence and Dobbin wasted little time in re-establishing the young Blues' lead. Just 5 minutes before the break, the young winger cut in from the left and beautifully arrowed his right-footed strike past the Black Cats' keeper.
For the hosts, half-time couldn't come quick enough, however, the Blues were just finding their rhythm. In the dying stages of the first 45, the instrumental Katia Kouyate threaded an inch-perfect through-ball into the feet of Cannon, who completed the job with ease.
Sunderland struck two minutes after the restart. However, it soon turned into the Cannon and Dobbin show as the pair both completed hat-tricks to the Blues out of sight. Two quickfire Dobbin goals just shy of the hour mark gave the visitors a commanding 5-2 advantage.
And Cannon completed a stylish performance from the Blues late on. The forward was in the right place at the right time to touch home, before latching onto Dobbin's expertly-timed pass and finishing smartly to conclude the scoring.
Everton Under-18s are now level on points with second-placed Liverpool in the U18 Premier League (North) standings.
Everton U18s: Leban, Welch, Thompson (78' Kristensen), Hosie, Lowey (59' Small), McAllister, Butterfield, Higgins (71' Hagan), Dobbin, Kouyate, Cannon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Campbell
U18 Premier League North, Game #16
Tuesday 10 March 2020
USM Finch Farm
Everton Under-18s fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Finch Farm on Tuesday.
Thierry Small caused United problems from the outset, his cross finding Cannon inside the 18-yard area but the striker unable to hook his left-footed effort on target.
Onyango broke out of midfield and provided an inch-perfect through-ball for Cannon, whose driving effort whistled past the post.
Great play in the centre of the pitch by Sean McAllister won the ball back deep for Everton, and the midfielder then had the awareness to find teammate Lewis Dobbin. After twisting and turning on the edge of the box, the forward got a shot away but saw his effort skim wide of the target.
Dobbin fired over and Seb Quirk drilled a long-range effort into the goalkeeper's arms as Everton continued to exert pressure.
But second-half goals that finally came from Tyler Onyango and Tom Cannon proved not to be enough as the vistors notched up a victory in an entertaining contest at USM Finch Farm.Everton U18s: Leban [Y:65'], Hosie, Small, Welch, Thompson, Hughes, Dobbin, Onyango, Cannon, McAllister [Y:47'] (72' Higgins), Quirk.
U18 Premier League Cup, Group C; Game #2
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Everton U18s travelled to Pride Park tonight to face Derby County in the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup.
The home side found the net after 10 minutes and it was enough to separate the sides in this keenly-contested tie at Pride Park Stadium.
The young Blues produced a spirited second-half performance as they searched for a leveller, with Sean McCallister and Mackenzie Hunt both going close but it would be nowhere near good enough.
Everton U18s: MacIntyre; Higgins (46' Lowey), Hosie, Hagan, Astley, Hughes, Quirk, Onyango, Dobbin, McCallister (77' Cannon), Hunt (83' Price).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Thompson.
All 24 Category 1 Under-18 teams feature in this year's competition entered its 5th year with The Blues placed in Group C.
U18 Premier League Cup, Group C; Game #1
Saturday 28 September 2019
USM Finch Farm
Tyler Onyango got what would become the winning goal on 39 minutes. Both Lewis Dobbin and Rhys Hughes had opportunities to extend the Blues' advantage.
Everton had their chances and would have been ahead if not for two smart saves from Black Cats keeper. First Dobbin's low drive was turned away at the near post before Thomas Cannon's unmarked header was palmed away.
The hosts got the goal their growing pressure deserved when midfielder Hughes's pin-point free-kick was blasted home by an onrushing Onyango just before half-time. England Under-17 international Onyango could have doubled his tally moments later, the midfielder's turn and hit flying just wide of the post.
Everton maintained control following the break and Dobbin saw a right-footed effort sail high and over. The young Blues had to work hard to preserve their lead late on. Defender Daniel Lowey made a goal-line block and McIntyre acrobatically denied the Sunderland striker.
Everton U18s: McIntyre, Hosie, Lowey, Welch, D Thompson, Hughes, Higgins (65' Kouyate), Onyango, Cannon, Warrington (77' McAllister) Dobbin
Subs not Used: Barrett, Jon Anderson, Hagan.
U18 Premier League Cup, Group C; Game #2
Saturday 26 October 2019
Everton U18s came back from a tough 3-1 deficit, turning the game around in the final minute, thanks to a goal from Bobby Carroll to win this Group C Premier League Cup clash at Motspur Park.
Three late second-half strikes from Lewis Higgins, Reece Hughes and Bobby Carroll turned the contest on its head as the Young Blues claimed back-to-back wins in the competition.
Joshua Hosie cancelled out an early Fulham opener on 22 minutes; however, the home side hit back convincingly to lead 3-1 shortly after the break. But Carroll's added-time winner completed a terrific turnaround from Everton.
Fulham had started the brighter and took an early lead. The hosts pressured the Blues' goal in the opening stages, with Jack Barrett being called into action almost immediately. Unfortunately for the young keeper, after a string of fine saves, there was nothing he could do about the opener, Terry Ablade giving the hosts a deserved 12th-minute advantage.
Everton soon got a foothold in the game, though, as Hosie levelled the scoring. The right-back was nearly on the scoresheet last week when his powerful shot went agonisingly wide but made no mistake here, latching on to fellow full-back Sebastian Quirk's deep cross to even it up.
Fulham's double response came either side of half-time. First, Ollie O'Neill found room in the Blues' half and crossed for Sylvester Jasper to tap home just before the interval. O'Neill then got one of his own seven minutes after the restart, driving the ball into the corner after a scramble in the Everton penalty area.
With just 12 minutes of the match remaining, Higgins gave Everton a lifeline. After an excellent tackle to deny Carroll, the substitute seized on the loose ball to fire home.
Just one minute later, Everton were level. Higgins once again drove at the Fulham defence, his eventual cross struck the hand of Idris Odutayo, and that left Hughes to haul the visitors level from the spot.
And, with time ticking away, Carroll nonchalantly glided through the Fulham defence before curling a shot high into the top corner, sparking wild celebrations. Everton now sit atop Group C, two points ahead of final opponents Norwich City.
Everton U18s: Barrett, Hosie, Thompson (71' Jon Anderson), Welch, Hagan, Hughes, Warrington, Carroll [Y], Cannon [Y] (90+2' Lowey), Hunt (68' Higgins), Quirk.
Subs not Used: Leban, Butterfield.
U18 Premier League Cup, Group C; Game #3
Saturday 23 November 2019
USM Finch Farm
Everton Under-18s lost their last Premier League Cup Group C fixture by a score of 0-3 against Norwich City at Finch Farm on Saturday.
The Canaries, who came into this contest two points adrift of Everton at the Group C summit, led 2-0 at half-time courtesy of a double from centre-forward Tyrese Omotoye. And Zach Dronfield advanced to strike the killer blow with 19 minutes remaining.
Everton U18s: Barrett, Hosie, Lowey (72' Jon Anderson), Hagan, Thompson, Hughes, Higgins (46' Whittaker), McAllister (63' Butterfield), Cannon, Quirk [Y], Dobbin.
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Welch.
But the Blues record in Group C was still good enough to qualify for the Quarterfinals from 2nd place:
U18 Premier League Cup, Quarter-Final
Saturday 25 January 2020
Everton Under-18s lost 3-2 in extra-time to narrowly lose Saturday's Premier League Cup quarter-final at Reading. Everton had finished second in Group C and were still in the competition by virtue of their ranking among the runners-up from five other groups.
Goals from Tom Cannon and Sean McAllister weren't enough as Nahum Melvin-Lambert's hat-trick saw the young Blues bow out of the competition.
The Blues nearly went ahead in the 3rd minute. McAllister driving forward only to be denied by a sea of Reading shirts. Everton went ahead one minute later when Cannon latched onto the end of Dobbin's low cross to fire home.
But Reading scored twice just shy of the half-hour mark. Melvin-Lambert was able to poke home the equaliser following a deep free-kick, before completing the turnaround moments later when he bundled over the line from close range.
In the second half, McAllister powered home Dobbin's teasing cross four minutes after the restart to level the scores.
With just 11 minutes remaining, the young Blues could have been ahead. Higgins weaved into the 18-yard area and was able to squeeze his shot through the Reading defence, but agonisingly past the post.
Dobbin had a great chance to edge the young Blues in front with just five minutes remaining. The forward capitalised on a defensive error which sent him through one-on-one, but he was unable to direct his shot past Harvey Collins in the hosts' goal.
As the game entered into extra-time, both teams remained evenly matched. Centre-back Ryan Astley went over in the box, but penalty claims were waved away by the officials.
And despite the visitors' best efforts, it was Reading who grabbed a winner. Melvin-Lambert completed his hat-trick in the second period of extra-time to send the Royals through.
Everton U18s: Leban, Hosie, Lowey (46' Thompson), Hagan, Astley, Hughes, Higgins, Onyango, Cannon, McAllister (87' Whittaker), Dobbin (105' Jon Anderson).
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Kristensen.
Lancashire Senior Cup Quarter-Final
Tuesday 29 October 2019
Everton started well in this Lancashire Senior Cup Quarterfinal, with Hughes testing ex-Everton trainee Joe Hilton early on, the Rovers ‘keeper forced to tip over the midfielder's dipping free-kick inside the opening minute of the encounter.
But after giving up four first-half goals, Rhys Hughes forced a goal back. He ventured forward and caught Hilton out with a strike from 20 yards that nestled nicely into the bottom right-hand corner.
The Toffees gained confidence from the strike, and Manasse Mampala forced Hilton to hold a long-range effort as they pressed to really get back into the game.
Kieran Phillips nearly reduced the score further later on, but he slid wide after being played in by half-time substitute Seb Quirk. But with his next chance he made no mistake, slotting low past Hilton with seven minutes remaining after being fed by Lewis Warrington.
Hughes's second and Everton's third made sure of a nervy ending at Brockhall Village, but despite Everton throwing everyone forward late on, Rovers kept them at bay to book their place in the next round.
Everton U18s: Hansen, Hosie [Y:41'], Anderson (51' Lowey), Hughes, Higgins [Y:25'] (46' Quirk), Iversen (c), Phillips, Carroll [Y:22'](46' Warrington), Mampala.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Cannon.
Liverpool Senior Cup Quarter-Final
Tuesday 28 January 2020
Berry Street Garage
Everton Under-18s fell to a 2-0 loss to City of Liverpool in Tuesday night's Liverpool Senior Cup quarterfinal clash in Bootle.
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, 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 has Harry Tyrer in the Blues' goal.
Everton U18s: Tryer, Whittaker, Higgins, Hughes, Joe Anderson, Cannon... (Kouyate) (Jon Anderson) (McAllister)
New Everton Scholars this season (young players who have come up through the ranks of the Everton Academy and made the grade to sign their first ever full-time agreements with the Blues) were:
Jack McIntyre, Lewis Warrington, Lewis Dobbin, Rafael Garcia, Liam Higgins, Dylan Thompson, Tyler Onyango, Joel Davidson, Sean McAllister, Daniel Lowey, Tom Cannon, Zan-Luk Leban, Harry Hagan.
|Player||Lg Apps (Sub)||Lg Goals||Cup Apps (Sub)||Cup Goals|
|Lewis Dobbin||16 (0)||11||4 (0)||0|
|Joshua Hosie||15 (1)||0||7 (0)||1|
|Rhys Hughes||15 (0)||3||7 (0)||3|
|Dylan Thompson||14 (0)||0||5 (1)||0|
|Tom Cannon||13 (2)||17||5 (1)||1|
|Sebastian Quirk||13 (0)||4||3 (1)||0|
|Tyler Onyango||12 (0)||4||4 (0)||1|
|Reece Welch||10 (1)||2||3 (0)||0|
|Daniel Lowey||7 (4)||0||4 (3)||0|
|Harry Hagan||7 (4)||0||4 (0)||0|
|Joe Anderson||7 (1)||0||1 (4)||0|
|Sean McAllister||6 (3)||2||3 (2)||1|
|Jack McIntye||6 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Zan Luk Leban||6 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Liam Higgins||5 (7)||0||6 (1)||1|
|Lewis Warrington||5 (2)||2||2 (1)||0|
|Bobby Carroll||5 (2)||2||2 (0)||1|
|Jack Barrett||3 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Max Thompson||2 (4)||1||0 (0)||0|
|Ryan Astley||2 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Charlie Whittaker||1 (3)||0||1 (2)||0|
|Katia Kouyate||1 (2)||0||0 (2)||0|
|Thierry Small||1 (1)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Mackenzie Hunt||1 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Nicolas Hansen||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Jonathan Anderson||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Luke Butterfield||1 (0)||0||0 (1)||0|
|Issac Price||0 (2)||0||1 (1)||0|
|Sebastian Kristensen||0 (2)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Rafael Garcia||0 (1)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Harry Tyrer||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Einar Iversen||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Kieran Phlllips||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||1|
|Manasse Mampala||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Joel Davidson||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Daniel Rose||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Alec McLachlan||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Elijah Campbell||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
Max Thompson left the club in December 2019 to join Burnley. Daniel Rose turned down a contract offer from the club in July 2020 and joined Schalke 04.
Group B, Game #1
Wednesday 25 July 2019