U18s go top with win at Burnley

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Burnley 2 - 3 Everton U-18s

Everton's Under-18s pulled off an impressive fightback to beat Burnley.

From evertonfc.com:

Thierry Small struck two late goals as Everton Under-18s recovered from 2-0 down to win a thrilling encounter 3-2 against 10-man Burnley and extend their unbeaten start to the season to a fourth game.

Tom Cannon began the fightback with a 70th-minute penalty after the home team had struck either side of half-time.

Burnley started well and had the first half-chance of the game just minutes in. Everton failed to clear a corner and Zan-Luk Leban was forced into an acrobatic save to tip over the bar.

The Clarets had Paul Tait's side pinned back for most of the opening 15 minutes, having a succession of set-pieces. Everton's defence dealt with the threats well, though.

Luke Butterfield had the Blues' first shot of the game after 19 minutes. However, his shot was well wide of Sam Waller's far post.

Burnley opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark. Leban pulled off a fantastic save at the front post but couldn't stop Unwin burying the rebound.

Small repeatedly got forward from left-back and had a chance to equalise minutes before half-time but it was saved.

Burnley doubled their advantage one minute into the second half. But the referee reduced Burnley to 10 men 20 minutes into the second half, Matty Carson punished for a challenge on Charlie Whitaker.

Cannon halved the deficit from the spot, having struck the post with an effort moments earlier. Katia Kouyate could have levelled the score as the game entered the last 10 minutes but his effort was parried.

Everton equalised with fewer than 5 minutes remaining. Again, Waller denied the Blues but Small was there to finish the rebound.

The full-back won the game for Everton in added time, advancing onto a ball on the the edge of the box to unleash a drive past Waller.

Everton U18s: Leban, Higgins, Small [Y], Welch, Kristensen, Butterfield (85' Lowey), Kouyate, Price (83' Mills), Cannon, McAllister, Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Thompson, Campbell.  

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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 05/10/2020 at 09:27:02
A great comeback from the youngsters. A couple of Changes from last week, Seb Kristensen coming as centre back with Dylan Thompson on the bench, Katia Kouyate in for Lewis Warrington whos not on the bench presumably injured.

This I think was the first start for Kristensen this season, he's a big unit 6 foot 2/3 ish similar to Branthwaite in build.

Thierry Small at left-back is a player of huge promise, a well built attacking full-back who's a box of tricks when he's got the ball, I'm not sure about his defending skills yet. His style of play and surging runs make it almost a lazy comparison but he's like Nkounkou but a couple of years younger. If he could only play right back I think he'd have a clear run, but one I'd expect to feature at U23s this season.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 05/10/2020 at 09:33:58
Great to see them win and fight back in doing so.

The young teams are there to bring players through to the first team, but I always look very closely at this age group and expect them to fight and have a real go in the FA Youth Cup. I haven't seen it the last few years.

This a competition worth winning and fighting for. I hope to see more effort this season, it will tell me a lot about the coaches!!

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