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Everton Under-18s, 2020-21

Lineups, scores and brief match details for Everton Academy Under-18s side from Finch Farm.

[FA Youth Cup, 2020-21]

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 good start to the 2020-21 season, winning 3 of their first 4 games in the U-18 Premier League.


U18 Premier League ― North Group All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Sat 12 Sep Blackburn Rovers (H) 2 - 1 McAllister, Whitaker Finch Farm PLN: 1
  Sat 19 Sep Manchester City (A)   2 - 2 McAllister, Cannon (pen) City Academy PLN: 2
  Sat 26 Sep Stoke City (H)   4 - 0 Whitaker 2, McAllister, Warrington Finch Farm PLN: 3
  Sat  3 Oct Burnley (A)   3 - 2 Cannon (pen), Small 2 Leyland PLN: 4
Sat 24 Oct Liverpool (H) 0 - 4 Finch Farm PLN: 5
Tue 27 Oct Burnley (H) 3 - 1 Mills 2, Cannon Finch Farm PLC:F1
  Sat 31 Oct Middlesbrough (A)   0 - 2   Rockliffe Park PLN: 6
Sat  7 Nov Manchester United (A) 0 - 2 Aon Complex PLN: 7
  Sat 21 Nov Derby County (H)   3 - 0 Warrington, Dobbin, Small Finch Farm PLN: 8
  Wed 25 Nov Manchester United (A)   2 - 3 Kouyate, Butterfield Aon Complex PLC:F2
   Tue 1 Dec Leeds United (H)   3 - 0 Dobbin, McAllister, Cannon Finch Farm PLN: 9
  Sat  5 Dec Wolves (H)   2 - 3 Hubner (og), McAllister Finch Farm PLN:10
Sat 19 Dec Burnley (H) 0 - 1 Finch Farm PLN:11
  Sat 16 Jan Blackburn Rovers (A)   2 - 1 Kouyate and Whitaker Brockhall PLN:12
  Sat  6 Feb Newcastle United (H)   1 - 4 Warrington Finch Farm PLN:13
  Tue 19 Jan Wigan Athletic (H)   2 - 1 Whitaker 2 Finch Farm PLC:F3
  Sat 20 Feb Leeds United (A)   1 - 1 Cannon Thorp Arch Grange PLN:14
  Sat 27 Feb Liverpool (A)   1 - 2 Cannon (pen) Liverpool Academy PLN:15
  Sat 6 Mar Sunderland (A)   1 - 0 Whitaker Academy of Light PLN:16
  Sat 13 Mar Middlesbrough (H)   2 - 1 Garcia, Whitaker Finch Farm PLN:17
  Wed 17 Mar Wigan Athletic (H)   4 - 2 Mallon, Welch, Cannon 2 (1 pen) [AET] Pure Stadium FAYC:3
  Sat 20 Mar Manchester Utd (H)   0 - 2   Finch Farm PLN:18
  Tue 23 Mar Middlesbrough (A)   1 - 3 Cannon? Mowden Park PLC:QF
  Sat 3 Apr Manchester City (A)   1 - 0 Butterfield City Academy FAYC:4
  Sat 10 Apr Derby County (A)   1 - 2 Cannon Derby Co Academy PLN:19
  Thu 15 Apr Chelsea (A)   2 - 1 McAllister 2 Kingsmeadow FAYC:5
  Tue 20 Apr Stoke City (A)   4 - 1 Metcalfe, Cannon 2, Butterfield Clayton Wood, Stoke PLN:20
  Tue 27 Apr West Bromwich Albion (A)   1 - 2 Mills The Hawthorns FAYC:6
  Sat 1 May Wolves (A)   3 - 1 Cannon, Garcia, Lawrence New Bucks Head PLN:21
  Tue 4 May Manchester City (H)   0 - 4   Finch Farm PLN:22
  Sat 8 May Sunderland (H)   3 - 4 McAllister 2, Metcalfe Finch Farm PLN:23
  Sat 15 May Newcastle United (A)   4 - 2 Cannon, Lowey, Higgins, McAllister Newcastle Utd Academy PLN:24
U18s Pre-season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
  Wed 19 Aug Preston North End (H)   6 - 2 Whitaker, Cannon 3, Lowey 2 Finch Farm F1
Sat 22 Aug Manchester City (A) 2 - 7 Welch, Warrington. City Academy F2
Wed 26 Aug Manchester Utd (A) 3 - 1 Cannon, Mills, Price Carrington F2
  Sat 29 Aug Tranmere Rovers (A)   4 - 0 Cannon 2, Whitaker, Kristensen Birkenhead F3

PLN = U18 Premier League (North)
PLC = U17 Premier League Cup
FAYC = FA Youth Cup

FA U18 PREMIER LEAGUE, Northern Group Table, 2020-21

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 24 19 4 1 76 19 57 61
2 Manchester United 24 20 0 4 79 27 52 60
3 Liverpool 24 17 1 6 75 26 49 52
4 Middlesbrough 24 12 3 9 48 48 0 39
5 Everton 24 11 2 11 42 42 0 35
6 Blackburn Rovers 24 10 3 11 36 42 -6 33
7 Derby County 24 10 3 11 43 54 -11 33
8 Wolves 24 10 3 11 38 50 -12 33
9 Burnley 24 8 4 12 34 38 -4 28
10 Newcastle United 24 7 3 14 50 57 -7 24
11 Stoke City 24 6 5 13 28 61 -33 23
12 Leeds United 24 4 3 17 30 73 -43 18
13 Sunderland 24 4 2 18 35 77 -42 14


FA U18 Premier League

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 2020-21 Under-18 Premier League is the sixth campaign of the top tier of the Under-18 Development League, with the total number of teams increased to 26 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. The 2019-20 season was abandoned in March 2020 owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, with Manchester City declared Champions based on their points-per-game record.

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 13 clubs in the North Group of the 2020-21 U18 Premier League are:

Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City & Wolverhampton Wanderers

The 13 clubs in the South Group of the 2020-21 U18 Premier League are:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton,  Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwhich Albion & West Ham United.

New Everton Scholars (U17s) this season are:  Luke Butterfield, Eli Campbell, Katia Kouyate, Mathew Mallon, Stanley Mills, Issac Price, Thierry Small, Jak Stewart, Reece Welch, and Charlie Whitaker.

Under-18 Premier League – Match Details, 2020-21

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-18 matches during the 2020-21 Season.

Everton 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

U18 Premier League North, Game #1
Saturday 12 September 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton's young Blues recovered from a shock early goal against to come back and win their first U18 Premier League game of the season at Finch Farm.

The goals came from Sean McAllister and Charlie Whitaker before and after the break, respectively.

After a nervy and tentative start that brought the shock of falling behind to a goal from a Blackburn defender inside the opening 120 seconds, Everton rained in 20 shots on their opponent's goal but were denied time and again by a combination of sound 'keeping and last-ditch defending.

McAllister eventually headed beyond the keeper to bring Everton on terms in firt-half stoppage time.

Whitaker replaced Cannon 7 minutes after the break and duly completed the turnaround, climbing to meet McAllister's delivery and divert past the goalkeeper to secure a fine 3 points for the start of their league campaign.

Everton U18s: Leban, Higgins, Small, Welch, Thompson, Butterfield, Price [Y], McAllister (86' Mills), Cannon (52' Whitaker), Warrington, Kouyate.
Subs not Used:
Stewart, Kristensen, Lowey.

Manchester City 2 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #2
Saturday 19 September 2020
City Academy, Manchester

Paul Tait's Under-18 side secured a draw at Manchester City in their second game of the season.

After giving up and early goal in the second minute, the Young Blues got back in the game with goals from Sean McAllister (22') and a penalty converted by Tom Cannon (33') and thought that would take them to half-time. But their hosts had other ideas, scoring an equalizer in the dying seconds of added time.

There were no further goals after the break, Everton holding on for a well-earned point.

Everton U18s:, Leban, Higgins [Y:93'], Small, Welch, Thompson, Butterfield [Y:17'], McAllister, Price (81' Kouyate), Cannon (88' Kristensen), Warrington [Y:16'] (61' Mills), Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Lowey.

Everton 4 - 0 Stoke City

U18 Premier League North, Game #3
Saturday 26 September 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s maintained their strong start to the season with a 4-0 victory over Stoke City at USM Finch Farm.

Everton never relinquished control after taking the lead on 19 minutes when Whitaker swept in following Warrington's delivery. The best early chance nevertheless fell to the visitors, Everton keeper Zan Luk-Leban forced into a smart save.

A ball sent over by Warrington from the right-hand side of the area found its way to Whitaker for a cool finish into the bottom corner. Boosted by their goal, the home side continued confidently and had a second just 5 minutes later. A short corner resulted in a clever low cross into the area, with a deft touch from Whitaker doubling the Blues' lead.

Everton took charge after the interval and soon stretched their advantage. A well-timed lay-off from Whitaker allowed McAllister time to shoot into the bottom corner for his third goal from three games.

With Everton limiting the Potters to very little in the way of chances, the game was all over by the 72nd minute. A smart ball into the right channel allowed Tom Cannon to use his pace and trickery to play a perfectly-weighted ball to the onrushing Warrington, who confidently struck into the left corner.

Everton U18s: Stewart, Higgins, Small [Y], Welch, Thompson (79' Kristensen), Butterfield [Y] (75' Mills), Price (65' Kouyate), McAllister, Cannon, Warrington, Whitaker. Subs not Used: Barrett, Lowey.

Burnley 2 - 3 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #4
Saturday 3 October 2020

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

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

Burnley doubled their advantage 1 minute into the second half. But the referee reduced Burnley to 10 men 20 minutes into the second half.

Tom 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 with Small on hand to finish a saved shot.

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

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

Everton 0 - 4 Liverpool

U18 Premier League North, Game #5
Saturday 17 October 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s hosted a Liverpool side at USM Finch Farm on Saturday that seemed determined to avenge senior matters from last weekend, destroying the Blues unbeaten start to the U18 Premier League (North) season.

The Young Toffees, who have won three and drawn one of their opening four matches, came from two goals down to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory at Burnley last time out.

But Everton U18s went behind early on, giving up two goals in 2 minutes, and at half-time they 4-0 down. Defender Dylan Thompson replaced Tom Cannon at half-time to prevent the mauling continuing in the second half.

Everton U18s: Leban, Higgins, Welch, Small, Kristensen, McAllister, Price, Butterfield, Warrington (61' Whitaker), Cannon (46' Thompson), Dobbin (82' Mills).
Subs not Used: Stewart, Lowey.


Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #6
Saturday 31 October 2020
Rockcliffe Park

Everton Under-18s fell to a 2-0 defeat at top-of-the-table Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

The home side took the lead 17 minutes in before doubling the score just after half-time. The young Blues carved out opportunities as they strived to battle their way back into the game but could not make a breakthrough.

Everton U18s: Leban, Higgins [Y:4'] (57' Lowey), Small, Kristensen [Y:62'], Thompson, Butterfield [Y:21'], Dobbin (64' Warrington), McAllister, Cannon, Price, Whitaker (64' Kouyate).
Subs not Used: Stewart, Campbell

Manchester Utd 2 - 0 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #7
Saturday 7 November 2020
Aon Training Complex,

An hour before the senior sides do battle in the Premier League, their Under-18 teams took to the field at the Aon Training Complex for their U18 Premier League fixture.

But the result was equally disappointing for Blues fans, with the youngsters losing 2-0 to a pair of goals in the second half.

Everton U18s: Leban, Kristensen (66' Warrington), Small, Welch, Campbell, Butterfield, Mills (45' Higgins), Price (66' Whitaker), Cannon, McAllister, Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Kouyate.

Everton 3 - 0 Derby County

U18 Premier League North, Game #8
Saturday 21 November 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s took on Derby County at Finch Farm as the U18 Premier League resumed after the International Break.

Goals from Lewis Warrington, Lewis Dobbin and Thierry Small sealed the win for the Young Blues in an impressive performance.

Warrington broke the deadlock just before half-time, striking an excellent shot from a free-kick.

7 minutes after the break, Everton doubled their lead, Kouyate dancing past two defenders before picking out Dobbin in the penalty area who poked the ball home from close range.

Small then sealed a fine win, advancing into the Derby penalty area and delicately chipped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Everton U18s: Leban, Small, Welch [Y:81'], Campbell, Higgins, Price (80' Butterfield), Warrington [Y:64'], McAllister, Cannon, Dobbin, Kouyate (70' Whitaker).
Subs not Used: Stewart, Mallon, Hagan.

Everton 3 - 0 Leeds United

U18 Premier League North, Game #9
Tuesday 1 December 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s beat Leeds United 3-0 in a rearranged U18 Premier League game scheduled for earlier in the season that was played at Finch Farm on Tuesday night.

Lewis Dobbin threatened to score in the opening minute of the match when he curled a long-range shot just wide. His looping header then bounced off the top of the Leeds crossbar.

It was third time lucky in the 25th minute, McAllister picking out Dobbin at the far post. This time he made no mistake and calmly slotted home.

The impressive Sean McAllister then doubled the Toffees lead right on the stroke of half-time when he picked up the ball midway inside the Leeds half, drove forward and fired low from 20 yards into the bottom corner.

The young Blues extended their lead 8 minutes into the second half. Tom Cannon hitting a sumptuous strike into the top corner with his right foot.

Charlie Whitaker nearly added a fourth for Everton, but his deflected effort was pushed behind by the keeper.

Everton U18s: Leban, Lowey (45' Mallon), Welch, Campbell, Higgins [Y:79'], Jagne (72' Butterfireld), McAllister (72' Price), Whitaker, Dobbin, Warrington, Cannon.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Kristensen

Everton 2 - 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

U18 Premier League North, Game #10
Saturday 5 December 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s took the lead against Wolves into the second half on Saturday, only to give up two goals. Each side scored late on to make it a 2-3 home defeat for the Blues.

Everton U18s: Leban, Welch, Campbell [Y:36'], Higgins (45' Price [Y:60']), Small, Warrington, Jagne (65' Whitaker), McAllister, Kouyate (64' Butterfield), Dobbin, Cannon.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Kristensen

Everton 0 - 1 Burnley

U18 Premier League North, Game #11
Saturday 19 December 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s took on Burnley at Finch Farm on Saturday but could not recover from a first-half setback.

The visitors took the lead after 19 minutes. A left-wing cross was clinically headed home into the bottom left corner.

Reece Welch was sent off for a poor challenge with 10 minutes remaining.

Everton U18s: Leban, McAllister, Campbell, Welch [R:79'], Kristensen (45' Mallon), Warrington, Whitaker, Butterfield [Y:38'] (75' Hagan), Cannon, Price, Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Thompson, Heath.

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #12
Saturday 16 January 2021
Brockhall, Blackburn

With the U18 Premier League resuming after an extended Christmas break, goals from Katia Kouyate and Charlie Whitaker were enough to put the Blues in the driving seat.

A first-half opener from Katia Kouyate was enough to give the young Blues the lead at half-time. And, despite an equaliser from the hosts early into the second half, Charlie Whitaker bagged his third goal of the season just past the hour mark to give Paul Tait's side all three points.

Some new names coming off the bench for Everton: Roman Quintyne, Issac Heath and Jenson Metcalfe.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Small (27' Quintyne [Y:57']), Hagan, Thompson, Butterfield, Whitaker, Jagne (80' Heath), Kouyate, McAllister [Y: 33'] (90+2' Metcalfe), Warrington.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Kristensen

Everton 1 - 4 Newcastle United

U18 Premier League North, Game #13
Saturday 6 February 2021
USM Finch Farm


Everton Under-18s fell to 4-1 defeat against Newcastle United at Finch Farm in a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

Blues skipper Lewis Warrington got on the scoresheet — the midfielder equalising on 20 minutes following the opener for the visitors — but the away side scored again before half-time, then added two late goals for a very flattering scoreline.

This game saw a very rare appearnace of Rafael Garcia, who has been on Everton's books for a while now but has not been getting any games, possibly as a result of long-term injury?

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Lowey [Y:] (73' Barker), Welch [Y], Hagan, Butterfield, Quintyne, Jagne, Cannon, Warrington, Heath (59' Garcia).
Subs not Used: Stewart, Kristensen, Tierney.

Leeds United 1 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #14
Saturday 20 February 2021
Thorp Arch Grange, Leeds

Everton U18s played out a 1-1 draw at Leeds Utd today.

Tom Cannon scored Everton's equalizer just before the hour mark.

Everton struggled with the Leeds counter-attack early on. In the 10th minute, Cannon forced the Leeds keeper into a smart save at the near post after a quick counter from the Blues. Two minutes later, a free-kick from the right by Lewis Warrington was headed wide by defender Reece Welch.

But it was Leeds who struck first on 23 minutes as they stole the ball and played through McGrath who slotted past keeper Zan-Luk Leban.

Everton almost hit back immediately as a free-kick from the left by Warrington was glanced onto the woodwork by Cannon at the near post.

Just before the break, Cannon, picking the ball up on the edge of the area, unleashed a powerful shot that was beaten away at the near post.

Two minutes after the restart, Cannon was inches from getting the Toffees level. A penetrating pass by Warrington saw the striker unleash a powerful strike that hit the underside of the bar and drop onto the goalline.

Manager Tait's side got their equaliser on the hour mark, however. A long ball over the top by Charlie Whitaker was collected by Cannon, his initial shot was well saved at the near post, but the rebound was then smashed home.

With 20 minutes to go, captain Sean McAllister unleashed a thunderous strike from 30 yards that just curled past the far post as Everton tried to turn the game on its head.

Leeds almost snatched the winner in the 90th minute but Leban produced a great save down to his left to deny them.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Lowey, Kristensen [Y], Welch, Butterfield, McAllister, Jagne (69' Garcia), Cannon, Warrington (81' Metcalfe), Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Hagan, Quintyne.

Liverpool 2 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #15
Saturday 27 February 2021
Liverpool Academy, Halewood

Everton U18s are at the Liverpool Academy to take on their local rivals in the U18 Premier League on Saturday morning.

The Blues were trailing 1-0 at half-time, having fallen behind to a goal inside the first minute. It was somewhat unlucky as Zan Luk-Leban had made a smart save only to the loose ball cannon off a Liverpool player and into the net.

The young Everton side did everything but score in the rest of the match, putting on a fine show until added time when they thought they'd salvaged a share of the spoils, with substitute Rafa Garcia fouled inside the box. Tom Cannon kept his composure to successfully convert the penalty to seemingly rescue a point before, unbelievably, they gave up a late goal to present Liverpool with a 95th-minute winner.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon (72' Quintyne), Lowey [Y:76'], Kristensen, Welch [Y:42'], Hagan, McAllister (68' Jagne [Y:76']), Butterfield, Cannon, Warrington (79' Garcia), Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Stewart.

Sunderland 0 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #16
Saturday 6 March 2021
Academy of Light, Wearside

Everton U18s are away to Sunderland for Saturday's midday fixture in the U18 Premier League.

Iman Jagne, who was brought last season to play for the U23s, is again reduced to being a sub on the bench for the U18s.

Everton took the lead through Charlie Whitaker after 12 minutes.

And, in the style of Ancelotti's first team, the youngsters defend their lead through until the end to leave Wearside with all 3 points.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Lowey, Hagan [Y:70'], Tierney, Kristensen, McAllister [Y:77'], Butterfield (72'Metcalfe [Y:87']), Warrington (90+1' Jagne), Whitaker, Cannon (78'Garcia).
Subs not Used: Stewart, Qiuntyne.

Everton 2 - 1 Middlesbrough

U18 Premier League North, Game #17
Saturday 13 March 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the U18 Premier League (North) at Finch Farm on Saturday.

Rafael Garcia struck his first league goal in almost two years midway through the first half, having had a lengthy lay-off with a serious injury.

Charlie Whitaker added a second soon after, which would prove to be the decisive goal despite the visitors halving the deficit 10 minutes from time.

The game saw another new name getting an outing at this level: Emilio Lawrence, coming on as a sub for the last 10 minutes or so.

Everton U18s: Stewart, Mallon (67' Jagne), Lowey, Tierney, Kristensen, Hagan, McAllister, Warrington (67' Quintyne), Garcia, Whitaker (83' Lawrence), Metcalfe [Y:77'].
Subs not Used: Leban, Thompson.

Everton 0 - 2 Manchester United

U18 Premier League North, Game #18
Saturday 20 March 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s could not follow up their dramatic midweek FA Youth Cup game with a win, falling foul of Manchester United youngsters when they came to Finch Farm today.

Two first-half goals settled the issue, although the Blues had more than their fair share of possession and will feel they could have got something from the game.

Everton U18s: Barrett, Mallon (45' Quintyne), Lowey, Kristensen, Campbell, Warrington (81' Barker), Jagne, McAllister, Garcia [Y], Whitaker (64' Heath), Metcalfe.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Hagan

Derby County 2 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #19
Saturday 10 April 2021
Derby County Academy

Everton Under-18s lost 2-1 at Derby County on Saturday after taking the lead in the first half through a wonderful, acrobatic effort from Tom Cannon.

The home side equalised before half-time and a second-half substitute swung the match for the hosts with a well-taken finish from close range.

The Blues blooded another Everton Academy youngster at this level in Owen Barker, who got 12 minutes at the end of the game.

Everton U18s: Stewart, Hagan, Lowey, Kristensen, Campbell, Butterfield, Mills (78' Barker), Metcalfe [Y:], Cannon (45' Dobbin), McAllister, Jagne (67' Quintyne).
Subs not Used: Wright, Mallon

Stoke City 1 - 4 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #20
Tuesday 20 April 2021
Clayton Wood, Stoke

The young Blues from Everton's Academy continued their campaign in the U18 Premier League tonight with a fantastic late win away at Stoke City.

Having fallen behind midway through the first half, Jenson Metcalfe got Everton back on level terms on 68 minutes.

His strike was the first of four goals in a stunning 10-minute spell from the Toffees. Substitute Tom Cannon — who was introduced on the hour-mark — put Everton ahead before Luke Butterfield doubled the Blues' advantage.

Cannon then completed his brace 12 minutes from time to wrap up a stirring victory for Everton.

Everton U18s: Stewart, Welch, Hagan, Kristensen, Lowey (62' Quintyne), Jagne (62' McAllister), Butterfield, Mills, Metcalfe, Garcia (45' Cannon), Barker.
Subs not Used: Leban, Campbell.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 3 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #21
Saturday 1 May 2021
New Bucks Head, Telford

Everton U18s secured a fine win at Wolves with a team that included a number of young players who are on the fast-track to stardom at Everton Academy.

After Roman Quintyne had unfortunately turned the ball into his own net to give the home side the lead in the first half, Tom Cannon and Rafael Garcia took command of proceedings with goals either side of half-time.

Three young players new to this level — Saja Manafa, Emilio Lawrence and Coby Ebere — came on as second-half subs for Everton, with Lawrence at 15 years old, getting his name on the scoresheet with Everton's final goal.

Everton U18s: Leban, Quintyne, Lowey, Kristensen, Campbell, Metcalfe, McAllister, Jagne, Cannon (70' Lawrence), Garcia (70' Ebere), Barker (84' Manafa).
Subs not Used: Stewart. Tierney.

Everton 0 - 4 Manchester City

U18 Premier League North, Game #22
Tuesday 4 May 2021
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s crashed to a 4-0 defeat at home to Manchester City on Tuesday after beating them recently with a last-minute goal in the FA Youth Cup at the City Stadium.

With just 2 games left in this season's U18 Premier League campaign, Everton are destined for a mid-table finish.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon [Y:44'], Campbell, Welch, Kristensen Metcalfe [Y:25'] (75' Manafa), Jagne (58' Quintyne), McAllister, Cannon, Barker, Lowey (45' Lawrence).
Subs not Used: Stewart, Tierney

Everton 3 - 4 Sunderland

U18 Premier League North, Game #23
Saturday 8 May 2021
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s kicked off their Under-18 Premier League match against Sunderland at Finch Farm at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon.

6th placed Everton U18s play bottom-placed Sunderland U18s at home but The Blues went behind when a penalty kick given against Thompson was converted after 18 minutes and that's how it was at half-time.

Sunderland went further ahead after the break, scoring 2 goals before the hour-mark, Everton finally responding with a goal from Sean Mcallister. But the task got even harder when Sunderland scored their 4th on 69 minutes.

With a mountain to climb, Everton made the scoreline more respectable with goals from Metcalfe then McAllister to get back within touching distance of the visitors. But it was not to be and the Blues now sink to the place with one game remaining against Newcastle next week.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Kristensen, Campbell, Thompson (46' Higgins), McAllister, Metcalfe, Quintyne, Baker (60' Hagan), Jagne (79' Ebere), Lawrence.
Subs: Stewart, Safa Manafa.

Newcastle United 2 - 4 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #24
Saturday 15 May 2021
Newcastle Utd Academy

Everton U18s secured a handsome win 4-2 away at Newcastle to confirm 5th place in the final U18s Premier League table.

Everton went ahead through Tom Cannon after dominating the early play and that's how it was at half-time despite a substantial number of other scoring chances for the BBlues.

McAllister was fouled in the area after 53 minutes and Daniel Lowey made no mistake from the spot to put the Blues in control. But the home side had other ideas, getting a goal back on the hour mark.

But Liam Higgins, on less than a minute as a sub for Owen Baker, and then Sean McAllister put the match beyond them, a consolation goal for the Barcodes coming in added time.

The U18s end the season firmly in mid-table with 11 wins, 11 defeats and 2 draws,

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Campbell (71' Kristensen), Warrington (71' Jagne), Lowey, Welch, Butterfield [Y:24'], Mills, Baker (62' Higgins), McAllister, Cannon.

Subs not Used: Stewart, Hagan.

U17 Premier League Cup


The competition is new for the 2020-21 season, replacing the Under-18 and Under-16 versions from previous seasons, and offers an opportunity for some of the younger members of the Academy to play in competitive games.

The U17 Premier League Cup feature seven regionalised groups - each consisting of four teams - with Everton in Group F. The teams play each other once, either home or away, totalling three group stage games. The other two sides Everton will play are Wigan Athletic and Manchester United.

Once they're done with the group games, the winner of each group plus the one best runner-up will advance to the knockout stages. There will be quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final, all of which will be one-legged games to decide the winner.

Everton 3 - 1 Burnley

U17 Premier League Cup, Group F, Game #1
Tuesday 27 October 2020
USM Finch Farm

Everton kicked off their participation in the new Under-17 Premier League Cup with a win after coming from behind to an early goal from Burnley this evening.

The Blues went behind after 35 mins but Stan Mills got them back it with an equalizer after the break and he went to add a second that steered the outcome Everton's way. A fine night for the youngsters was rounded off when Tom Cannon got on the scoresheet 2 minutes from the end to seal the win.

Everton U17s: Stewart, Welch, Campbell, Mallon, Small, Price, Butterfield, Mills, Whitaker, Cannon, Kouyate.

Manchester Utd 3 - 2 Everton

Premier League Cup, Group F, Game #2
Tuesday 24 November 2020
Aon Training Complex

Their second game in the group stage of this season's revamped Premier League Cup saw Everton U17s fall to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

No match details are available but the scorers where Katia Kouyate and Luke Butterfield. Everton still lead the group on goal difference thanks to their victory over Burnley in the first round of group games.

Probable Everton U17s line-up: Stewart, Campbell, Lowey, Higgins, Small, Welch, Price, Butterfield, Warrington, Whitaker, Kouyate.

Everton 2 - 1 Wigan Athletic

U17 Premier League Cup, Group F, Game #3
Tuesday 19 January 2021
USM Finch Farm

Everton finished top of Group F with a win over Wigan Atheletic U17s, and edged out Burnley on the strength of their earlier win in the competition.

Charlie Whitaker scored both goals. No further details are available on this game.

Probable Everton U17s Lineup: Stewart, Welch, Campbell, Mallon, Small, Price, Butterfield, Mills, Whitaker, Cannon, Kouyate.

Middlesbrough 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League Cup, Quarterfinal
Tuesday 23 March 2021
Mowden Park, Teesside

Everton exited the innaguarl U17 Premier League Cup when they fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Mddlesbrough.

No match details are available.

Probable Everton U17s line-up: Stewart, Campbell, Lowey, Higgins, Small, Welch, Price, Butterfield, Warrington, Whitaker, Kouyate.

FA Youth Cup


The 2020-21 FA Youth Cup is the 69th campaign of English football's premier cup competition at youth level. Everton last won the trophy n 1998, being losing finalists in 2013 with Wayne Rooney.

Everton 4 - 2 Wigan Athletic [AET]

FA Youth Cup, 3rd Round
Wednesday 17 March 2021
Pure Stadium, Southport

Everton U18s started their 2021 FA Youth Cup campaign with a good win after going behind 2-0 to Wigan Athletic in a 3rd Round tie on Wednesday night.

Tonight's team included Thierry Small and Tyler Onyango, who have been on the bench as unused subs for the senior squad.

The visitors kicked off but it was Everton who had the first chance of a set-piece, but Whitaker's delivery was disappointing. Wigan won an early corner, that was delivered in well and cleared by Mallon.

The first shot on goal came from a distance for Charlie Whitaker, forcing the save. Theirry Small took a knock that he struggled to run off. Stewart had to save to his right after a good break by Wigan.

Wigan liked to run with the ball and it worked for them as they came forward at speed, with Harry McHugh scoring well. Everton might have equalized at the other end but it was pinball in the Wigan area.

Whitaker had another set-piece that pinged of the top of the wall and was headed over by Mallon. Small could not continue, replaced by Lowey. But more strong attacking from Wigan was irresistible, McGurk shooting low past Stewart for a rather daunting 2-0 lead.

But it brought a decent response from the Young Blues, Mallon taking a good pass from Whitaker after he showed some excellent care of the ball, to score across the Wigan keeper.

Everton were very lucky to get a penalty for a foul on Tom Cannon off the ball, but he didn't hit it well enough from the spot, inviting the save. A nice ball forward for Cannon found him offside.

Sean McAllister came on for Harry Hagan after the break and would play a major part in the goal when Reece Welch was on hand to drive home a rebound and put Everton level.

A tremendous chance for Tom Cannon near the end saw a fine header cleared off the line. Price headed the corner wide. Wigan applied some pressure in the last few minutes before extra time, with Garcia replacing Warrington before the final whistle.

Extra time hard hardly begun when Tom Cannon curled a lovely shot in at the far post to give Everton the lead.

Sean McGurk came very close to equalizing for Wigan before Rafa Garcia rather cynically drew a penalty that Tom Cannon fired home to make it 4-2.

The Young Blues came close to scoring again as Wigan tired, and move on to the next round.

Everton U18s: Stewart, Mallon, Small (25' Lowey), Welch, Kristensen, Hagan (46' McAllister), Price (113' Metcalfe), Warrington (90' Garcia), Cannon, Onyango, Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Leban, Jagne, Tierney.

Manchester City 0 - 1 Everton

FA Youth Cup, 4th Round
Saturday 3 April 2021
City Academy Stadium, Manchester

Manchester City with a 97th-minute winner at the City Academy Stadium on Saturday afternoon but it was over-shadowed by what looks to be a season-ending injury for Tyler Onyango.

Everton had defended brilliantly with Zan-Luk Zeban making a number of fantastic saves to keep the hosts at bay which set the stage for substitute Luke Butterfield to fire home a great winner in the 7th minute of injury time.

Most that time added on had come from the lengthy stoppage required to first attend to and then stretcher Tyler Onyango off the field with a suspected leg fracture.

Onyango was bringing the ball upfield on the left when he was hacked down from behind by Alex Robertson and lay in obvious agony, grasping his lower right leg.

The referee showed Robertson a yellow card but the Everton players appeared to know what had happened and expressed their anger at the City player, who was obviously shaken and was substituted a few minutes later.

But the damage was done and Onyango, one of the stars of Everton's Academy who has already been on the bench a number of times in the Premier League, was stretchered off after a long break in play and looks set for an extended period on the sidelines as he recovers.

Everton have not yet confirmed the nature of the injury but the early diagnosis is based on a comment from David Unsworth, relayed over commentary by Nick Chadwick, who was on the sidelines as Onyango was stretchered off.

The Blues' youngsters had secured their place in the 4th Round after coming back from a 2-goal deficit to beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 after extra time in Southport last month.

Everton kicked off and tried to play the game in the City half, epitomized by excellent work from Charlie Wittaker who set up Theirry Small for a good run and shot on goal but it was blocked.

At the other end, City created a real chance but the Everton defenders reacted well to block all avenues. Another good run from Small won the first corner. Price did a short then long move but Onyango could not get enough power on his header at the far post.

A City shot from distance needed touching over by Leban, for a City corner that came to nothing. But City started to press more effectively and Everton's attempts to play out from the back were farcical at best, inviting massive pressure. Leban was out smartly to snuff out one opportunity when Issac Price was beaten to the ball.

An awful ball back from Cannon almost created havoc in the Everton defence but again they survived, looking ever shakier against the increasingly confident hosts. Cannon tried to break but McAllister's support wasn't strong enough.

Matthew Mallon rather dived in with his studs showing and got a yellow card for his troubles as Everton were forced to defend deep but effectively so far...

Tom Cannon finally got a sniff off a fine ball forward from Lewis Warrington but put far too much on his lob that beat goalie and goal. A great break led by Charlie Whittaker had the City defenders back-pedalling and his shot was just inches wide before the break.

City's pressure and dominance continued into the second half, and they eventually had the ball in the Everton net but it was ruled out by the referee for a handball from the goalscorer. Leban was the hero, making a number of excellent saves to keep Everton in the game past the hour mark.

A free-kick by Price, where he could have really created some danger in the City area, was criminally wasted, terrible delivery, setting up City for another lethal attack, with two more excellent saves from Leban.

Everton won a rare corner but it was defended away. Garcia replaced McAllister and immediately won another dangerous free-kick, delivered better this time by Whitaker. But it ended up with even more clear-cut chances for City, who still could not convert despite creating sheer chaos in the Everton area.

After Onyango's injury, City pushed and probed, winning another late corner that came to nothing as Everton blocked all avenues to goal.

A late Everton attack saw Whitaker cleverly win a corner, but Price put it too close to the City keeper and it was punched clear as the 4th official signalled 7 minutes of added time.

Price appeared to set up substitute Garcia for a chance but the Everton striker could not reach the ball. At the other end, more City chances and determined Everton defending. and another City corner defended away. It was an extremely competitive cup tie, with Everton defending to the last man, heading into extra time.

But one last Everton attack, the ball was back-heeled brilliantly by Garcia to substitute Butterfield, on for Onyango, and he made no mistake with a fantastic finish low into the corner from the dee.

The tremendous result sets up a 5th Round tie at Chelsea, last season's runners-up who present potentially an even bigger hurdle than Man City, having won seven of the previous ten FA Youth Cups!!! The match is set for Saturday 17 April.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon [Y:28'], Welch, Campbell, Small, Warrington [Y:72'], McAllister (71' Garcia), Price, Cannon, Onyango (76' Butterfield), Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Lowey, Kristensen, Jagne, Metcalfe.

Chelsea 1 - 2 Everton

FA Youth Cup, 5th Round
Thursday 15 April 2021
Kingsmeadow, London

Everton U18s secured another excellent FA Youth Cup win on Thursday as a late goal from Sean McAllister's earned the Toffees a superb 2-1 FA Youth Cup 5th-round victory at Chelsea.

With the scores tied at 1-1 and just 3 minutes left on the clock, Northern Ireland youth international McAllister fired a shot from 20 yards that squirmed under the Chelsea goalkeeper and across the line. Everton move on to the quarter-finals, where they will face West Bromwich Albion.

The win represented another significant scalp for Paul Tait's Blues — who struck a 98th-minute winner to knock out holders Manchester City in the previous round — with Chelsea having enjoyed significant success in the competition in recent years. The west London side won the Youth Cup for five straight years between 2013 and 2018.

The winner was McAllister's second strike of the game. Everton took the lead on 35 minutes when he fired a sharp first-time finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area. Chelesea leveled the scores later in the second half before the Blues' winner.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon [Y:54'], Small [Y:79'], Kristensen, Campbell, Warrington, Dobbin (26' Mills), Butterfield, Cannon (71' Garcia), Whitaker, McAllister [Y:90+2'].
Subs not Used: Stewart, Lowey, Hagan, Jagne, Metcalfe.

West Bromwich Albion 2 - 1 Everton

FA Youth Cup, 4th Round
Tuesday 27 April 2021
The Hawthorns, Birmingham

After two massive away wins against teams with the best of pedigrees at this level in recent years, Everton U18s have reached the quarterfinal stage of this season's FA Youth Cup. They travelled to The Hawthorns this evening to face West Brom for a very absorbing matchup was ultimately edged by a stronger home side despite Everton having taken the lead midway through the second half.

Sean McAllister got a chance to shoot at goal in the first 10 minutes but he took a little too long and it went out for a corner. From that, Eli Campbell should have done a lot better when played in... but showing why he's not a striker.

Welch gave up a foul in a dangerous position but the home side could not profit, despite dominating the early exchanges. West Brom created a guilt-edged chance that was headed straight at Leban who was very thankful to bat the ball away. But Everton mistakes were continually inviting pressure as The Baggies looked to take control of the game with Leban making a few more important saves.

A great ball down the right-wing looked to have released Cannon but he completely messed up, failing to make a pass, losing the ball, and allowing West Brom to attack again. Cannon almost made up for it with a nice ball for Whitaker but the defender was in quickly.

A wonderful West Brom strike required a fingertip save from Leban before the half-time whistle went, with both sides putting in a lot of effort but making plenty of mistakes.

The story was all too familiar after the break with West Brom immediately pressing and putting a lot of pressure on the Everton defence, which stood firm. But at the other end, Everton created a good chance and screamed for a penalty on the defensive block.

Everton continued to apply more pressure and finally a golden chance fell to Stanley Mills, who buried his shot well wide of the keeper, an excellent finish to give Everton the lead.

But a determined attack saw the home side equalize after a good save parried back into play by Leban was hammered back past him. Livewire Rafael Garcia came on for Tom Cannon. Leban had to make another good save from a tricky curling shot. An incredible corner by West Brom looked to have been put in at the near post but Matty Mallon was on the post and kept it out of the Everton net.

More impossible West Brom pressure saw a great point-blank save by Leban. Everton went up the other end but could not score and the inevitable happened then, as West Brom, who had been the better side overall, scored a fine goal into the corner, beyond Leban.

An excellent counter-attack saw Small try to lash it home from a narrow angle but it was saved well. A couple of corners followed for Everton but came to nought.

Garci should have had a penalty as he drew a foul just inside the 18-yard box but nothing this time from the referee. But Everton wasted the corner, poorly overhit, with barely minutes left.

Everton kept pressing, Butterfield with a free-kick from near the corner flag, followed by Samlla again lashing the ball this time across the face of goal, but the young Everton players just couldn't make it happen and a very competitive FA Youth Cup tie brought Everton's involvement to an end for another season.

Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Welch, Campbell, Small, Warrington, Butterfield, Mills (78' Dobbin), Whitaker, McAllister, Cannon (71' Garcia).
Subs: Stewart, Lowey, Kristensen, Quintyne, Metcalfe.



Under-18 Appearances, 2020-21

Player Lg Apps (Sub) Lg Goals Cup Apps (Sub) Cup Goals
 Sean McAllister 22 (1)  6 3 (1) 2
 Tom Cannon 19 (1)  10 4 (0) 2
 Zan-Luk Leban 19 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Luke Butterfield 16 (3)  1 2 (1) 1
 Lewis Warrington 16 (2)  3 4 (0) 0
 Reece Welch 16 (0)  0 3 (0) 1
 Sebastian Kristensen 15 (3)  0 2 (0) 0
 Charlie Whitaker 12 (5)  6 4 (0) 0
 Daniel Lowey 12 (2)  1 0 (1) 0
 Imam Jagne 11 (4)  0 0 (0) 0
 Elijah Campbell 11 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Mathew Mallon 10 (2)  0 4 (0) 1
 Thierry Small 10 (0)  3 4 (0) 0
 Liam Higgins 9 (3)  1 0 (0) 0
 Issac Price 9 (2)  0 2 (0) 0
 Jenson Metcalfe 7 (3)  1 0 (1) 0
 Harry Hagan 7 (2)  0 1 (0) 0
 Lewis Dobbin 7 (1)  2 1 (1) 0
 Dylan Thompson 6 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Katia Kouyate 5 (3)  1 0 (0) 0
 Owen Barker 5 (3)  0 0 (0) 0
 Stan Mills 4 (5)  0 1 (1) 1
 Rafael Garcia 4 (4)  2 0 (4) 0
 Jak Stewart 4 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Roman Quintyne 3 (7)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jack Tierney 2 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Emilio Lawrence 1 (3)  1 0 (0) 0
 Issac Heath 1 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Sam Barrett 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Saja Manafa 0 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Coby Ebere 0 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Tyler Onyango 0 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Jack McIntye 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Joel Davidson 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 James Wright 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0

Everton Under-18 Squad Page at

2020-21 Friendlies

Everton 6 - 2 Preston North End

Under-18s Pre-season Friendly #1
Wednesday 19 August 2020
Finch Farm

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. On 39 minutes 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.


Manchester City 7 - 2 Everton

Under-18s Pre-season Friendly #2
Saturday 22 August 2020

Everton took the lead and were 2-1 up. But it was 5-2 at half time, Delap with a hat trick. It was a great performance from City. They really are a cut above. Goalscorers for Everton were Reece Welch and Lewis Warrington.

Manchester United 1 - 3 Everton

Under-18s Pre-season Friendly #3
Wednesday 26 August 2020

The goalscorers were Tom Cannon, Stan Mills and Isaac Price

Tranmere Rovers 0 - 4 Everton

Under-18s Pre-season Friendly #4
Saturday 29 August 2020

Tom Cannon's impressive pre-season continued as he struck twice to help Everton Under-18s to a 4-0 friendly win against Tranmere Rovers Under-18s.

The young Blues were made to work hard by their resolute hosts in a goalless first half before Cannon broke the deadlock shortly after the break. Cannon, who hit a hat-trick against Preston North End in an earlier pre-season outing, then doubled his and Everton's tally on the hour mark, with Charlie Whitaker and Seb Kristensen also getting on the scoresheet as Paul Tait's side completed a convincing victory.

 Everton Under-18s: Stewart, Hagan (46' Lowey), Welch, Thompson (46' Kristensen), Small (46' Campbell 46), Price (60' Warrington), Butterfield, Whitaker (60' McAllister), Kouyate, Cannon, Mills.


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