Everton U23s start pre-season with a friendly win

Tuesday, 13 July, 2021 3comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23s 4 - 2 Warrington Rylands
Everton U23s began their pre-season friendlies with a win over Warrington Rylands at Finch Farm this evening, and a hat-trick from Lewis Dobbin.

After having a spell of training in Rafael Benitez's first-team squad last week - including an outing at the weekend in a 3-0 practice match win against Accrington Stanley - Dobbin was the star of this first pre-season friendly with a first-half hat-trick.

Dobbin scored the opening goal on 13 minutes when he intercepted a poor back pass and slotted a neat finish past the keeper. The second goal came on 20 minutes when Tom Cannon - who was on target in Everton's win against Accrington - headed home from close range after an effort from Stanley Mills had been saved.

Just after the half-hour, Dobbin ran on to a superb through pass from Luke Butterfield before rounding the keeper. And then, on 36 minutes, he dribbled his way through the Rylands defence before placing a shot past the keeper.

Everton's best effort of the second half came right at the end when Cannon forced a save after being teed up by Mills.


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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 13/07/2021 at 22:03:07
Hopefully Dobbin is over his injury problems and has a breakthrough season in the u23s this season.
Phill Thompson
2 Posted 14/07/2021 at 15:54:31
Looks like we’ve picked up where we left off last season, putting youngsters in early, crap coverage from the club, not even a team sheet.
Phillip Warrington
3 Posted 16/07/2021 at 05:37:21
A question, though: Do we sign or buy youngsters for our U23s and below, but mainly them, to compete at that level? Because, in the last 4 years, I can't think of many players coming through that would demand a starting place in the first 11 every week. Which I thought was the whole purpose of these levels.

Even when we get a player who's got great potential, they seem to get lost at the U23 level. Even when we loan the youngsters out, there's very few that impress. To me, that has to be addressed.

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