A hat-trick from Tom Cannon was the highlight of a 6-2 pre-season friendly victory for Everton Under-18s against Preston North End on Wednesday afternoon.
The Blues took the lead at USM Finch Farm after 12 minutes when an effort from Charlie Whitaker took a deflection on its way into the Preston net.
Cannon doubled the advantage with his first goal just before the half-hour mark but then Everton squandered a golden opportunity to go three up when Katia Kouyate saw his penalty-kick saved.
The Blues then got sloppy and allowed Preston back into the match when Joe Rodwell-Grant pulled a goal back from close range and then, a minute before the break, the same player levelled from the penalty spot.
Cannon scored with a fine angled drive early in the second period and then completed his hat-trick on the hour when he turned in a low cross from Joel Davidson.
Kouyate then had a goal disallowed for offside before one of the substitutes, Daniel Lowey, wrapped things up with two goals in the last three minutes.
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1 Posted 20/08/2020 at 08:56:08
- Simms is a big physical specimen but is Cannon the better player?
- is Joe Rodwell-Grant a laboratory engineered hybrid of Jack and Tony?
2 Posted 20/08/2020 at 09:16:48
Robert, as a comparison Cannon scored bags of goals last season, as did Dobbin, as 1st years, Simms didn't feature much in his first year but of course bagged all those goals in the 2nd. I would say Cannon is between Simms and Dobbin, not as physical as Simms but more well built than Dobbin, not as skillful as Dobbin but more skillful than Simms.
Simms for me has been a slow burner on a different track than most, eg, he's always seemed a year behind Gordon despite being the same age. I think our coaches have done a tremendous job on Simms, working on his weaknesses and building up his skills.
3 Posted 20/08/2020 at 10:00:17
4 Posted 20/08/2020 at 11:19:49
We're continuing the trend of moving youngsters up early, I could see Cannon and Dobbin starting U23s together later in the season, leaving Kayoute, Raphael Garcia and others to lead the attacking at U18.
5 Posted 20/08/2020 at 14:21:45
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