Full Time: 1 - 1
Everton U23s secured a creditable draw against on Brighton & Hove Albion in Premier League 2 on Saturday.
The half-time score was 1-0 after Nathan Broadhead scored from the spot just before the break. But the visitors equalized just after the hour.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, John [Y:75'], Nkounkou [Y:24'], Ozounidis, Anderson, Metcalfe, Bowler, Jagne (60' Quintyne), Broadhead, Hughes (76' Lowey), Dobbin (32' Garcia [Y:35']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Kristensen.
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1 Posted 24/04/2021 at 18:02:05
16-year-old Schoolboy Jenson Metcalfe was thrust into the No 6 position with only 1 or 2 starts at even U18. Alongside him was 17-year-old Imam Jagne at No 8, again making his first start, also with only a few u18 starts. Lewis Dobbin too was making, I think, his first Premier League 2 start.
The more experienced Brighton team were very much in control in the first 20 minutes as we struggled to hold onto the ball. Josh Bowler was our most lively attacking player, looking a threat whenever he got the ball. Once Metcalfe and Jagne settled down in their roles, we started to look better.
The unfortunate Dobbin suffered another injury after 35 minutes and had to be replaced by Rafael Garcia. We changed our formation a wee bit with Garcia and Broadhead often playing as a 2 up front, sometimes Broadhead dropping back into midfield.
Just before half-time, Metcalfe picked up the ball in his own half and sent a superb curving ball forward for Bowler to run onto and he was brought down in the box. It was a clear penalty which Broadhead thumped home.
Brighton pressed again at the start of the second half, with our experienced defenders coping well. Tyrer looking very sound in goal and Kyle John not letting anybody pass at right-back.
On 51 mins, Brighton scored with a great shot which didn't give Tyrer much chance. Factually, Metcalfe was dispossessed in midfield by a stronger Brighton player and they scored from it. He'll fill out and get stronger in coming years so I'm not too critical of him.
Jagne was replaced on 60 mins by another 16-year-old Schoolboy debutant, right-back Roman Quintyne. John moved into the middle alongside Metcalfe. We had a few more chances, particularly from Bowler when he was set up by another cracking through pass by Metcalfe. In fact, I counted four through passes hit by Metcalfe, some performance from the 16 year old.
Quintyne too looked impressive in the 30 minutes he was on. He's not as stockily built as Small, played well defensively and has a rapid turn of pace down the wing when he moves forward which he often did linking up with John and Bowler. Definitely another for the future.
Overall I'd say 1-1was a fair result, Garcia, Broadhead and Bowler could have won it but I suspect Unsworth will be pleased by that performance from his young team.
No doubt the usual suspects will be along with their “Look at me! Look at me! None of them will make the first team!”
Statistically that's highly likely and four of these won't be with us next season. You know I don't really care. I'm an Evertonian who supports all our teams, but I have to say I got more pleasure out of this match than many of our first team performances lately, even if we didn't win.
It was a pleasure to watch two 16-year-old Schoolboys and a 17-year-old playing their hearts out at this level and giving their all. The fact that Jenson Metcalfe lasted 90 minutes and was still going strong at the end despite not even training full time was particularly impressive. Remember the name.
2 Posted 24/04/2021 at 18:02:06
3 Posted 24/04/2021 at 18:14:04
4 Posted 24/04/2021 at 00:13:44
5 Posted 25/04/2021 at 07:48:03
6 Posted 25/04/2021 at 11:57:15
I actually think Everton are doing the right thing by making the PL2 team younger. These days the jump from there to full PL is too much and loans are needed as the acid test. Very occasionally you'll get a Rooney, but that will be an exception. After all the legendary Coleman needed a loan to Blackpool and even then he had some rough edges.
7 Posted 25/04/2021 at 12:00:49
Quite a raft promotions from the U18s! Lowey and Kristensen getting exposure at this level for the first time also.
And Nkounkou playing for his second U23 game in a row, after being on the seniors' bench for most of the season and not getting hardly a sniff since the defeat at Newcastle back on 1 November.
This means a number of the U23s regulars have dropped off the radar in recent games:
Quirk (possibly injured since February?)
Hunt (possibly injured?)
Iversen (possibly injured?)
Price, Welch, Small, Butterfield and Cannon also missing, while Whitaker, Mallon and Warrington – all elevated from the U18s for the last two games – didn't feature either.
Surprising that Liam Higgins has not made the step up since he was a sub on the opening day of the season. Bobby Carroll and Kouyate have barely featured either. And I don't know what has happened to Jack McIntyre, absent all season.
8 Posted 25/04/2021 at 16:11:30
It wasnt clear what injury befell Lewis Dobbin, suddenly he was down with no obvious contact, it may be he felt a tweak or reoccurrence of his previous injury and they took him off as a precaution.
Liam Higgins is a bit of a mystery as you say. They moved him from midfield to right back to try him out in one match but nothing came of it or maybe he too suffered an injury. Hes now been overtaken by Matthew Mallon at right back and a host of younger midfielders, so sadly I dont think hell be offered a pro contract.
9 Posted 25/04/2021 at 19:48:35
It looks like the Acadamy is getting a fresh look with all these youngsters coming in, its very rare for schoolboys to be playing for the U23s, not only playing but playing well, thanks again for your report.
10 Posted 25/04/2021 at 20:31:15
Really hope Dobbin can recover from injury and also the form which made him so promising.
11 Posted 25/04/2021 at 23:01:58
Robert, Dobbin looked a bit rusty in the 30 mins he was on, not back to the sharp, exciting prospect he is yet.
16 of course is no age at all to judge most youngsters, Metcalfe is certainly no Rooney, so Im cautious not to place too much expectation on him. I just enjoyed his performance.
12 Posted 02/05/2021 at 15:45:18
Information from another Everton website,
13 Posted 02/05/2021 at 15:50:44
Information, as usual, from another Everton website.
14 Posted 02/05/2021 at 16:57:59
15 Posted 02/05/2021 at 17:02:43
The U23s team selection looks a lot less predictable these days.
16 Posted 02/05/2021 at 17:29:54
17 Posted 02/05/2021 at 17:53:17
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