Leeds Utd U18s 2 - 1 Everton
Everton U18s get their new season in the U18 Premier League (North Division) under way by visiting Leeds Utd today. The game kicks off at Thorp Arch Grange, 12:00 noon BST.
There promises to be a whole new raft of scholars appearing on the roster compared to last season, with a upcoming group of youngsters who are only 15 or 16 years of age. A number of them (pictured above) got their GCSE results this week:
The 11 scholars shown above are thought to be:
69 — Jack Tierney
72 — Charlie Wilson
6_ — Troy Smikler-James
59 — Dylan Graham?
58 — Shae Cahill?
62 — Jenson Metcalfe
54 — Sam Coughlan or Ed Jones?
__ — Halid Djankpata
61 — Saja Manafa
50 — Owen Barker
__ — Harry Wright
Scholars not shown include:
__ — Roman Qunityne (out injured with a broken leg)
__ — Issac Heath
Dylan Graham is a 16-year-old goalkeeper from Northern Ireland who has signed a 3-year scholarship agreement with Everton after impressing during a 1-week trial with the Blues last month.
It was a pretty competitive game but Everton edged ahead just before half-time through Isaac Heath, with a fine right-footed shot into the centre of the goal. Leeds had perhaps held the upper hand but The Blues had got off a few decent shots through Heath, Manafa and Sherif before the breakthrough came.
The home side came back after the break and would go ahead later in the half, despite plenty of shots made by the Everton players.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Campbell, Metcalfe, Mallon [Y:19'], Samuels-Smith [Y:74'] (90+2' Jones), Jagne, Wilson, Manafa (69' Ebere), Barker (45' Apter), Heath, Sherif.
Subs not Used: Graham, Coughlan.
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1 Posted 14/08/2021 at 11:44:48
2 Posted 14/08/2021 at 12:05:04
Where did you get the No 68 for him from?
I've posted the line-up for today's game and there's a few aren't listed as new scholars... Apter and Sherif?
Also, don't recognize Samuels-Smith...
3 Posted 14/08/2021 at 12:19:17
4 Posted 14/08/2021 at 12:19:34
5 Posted 14/08/2021 at 12:25:28
6 Posted 14/08/2021 at 12:48:47
Integrated Education Fund
9 July ·
Congratulations to Everton on their new signing! We wish all the very best of luck to young Dylan Graham on this very exciting development, proving that integrated education alumni turn up everywhere!
Alongside playing for Ballymena United, Dylan also played Gaelic Football for Antrim. Sports is a key part of the integrated ethos and we are always keen to hear success stories at all levels, so please get in touch if you've anything to share!
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Glengormley Integrated Primary School
9 July ·
A huge well done to past pupil Dylan Graham who has just signed for Premier League club Everton!
We are all immensely proud of you Dylan, best of luck from all at Glengormley IPS!
7 Posted 14/08/2021 at 13:22:21
Even though, as I read elsewhere, the club can offer a scholarship agreement from U14 and up.
8 Posted 14/08/2021 at 13:47:47
Often before Christmas you can pick up that a 16 year old has been offered and signed a Scholarship which begins the following July. The Club limit the amount of info they give out for those u16s, which is fair enough, but they are a bit tardy with their “ meet the new Scholars” bit this year.
9 Posted 15/08/2021 at 10:09:14
Heath on the scoresheet again, too.
No sign of Okoronkwo? Lose track of when he's allowed to sign terms with us.
10 Posted 15/08/2021 at 14:23:35
Metcalfe, Heath, Barker, Manafa, are now 1st year Scholars and basis of the U18s, with the four Schoolboys mentioned, plus at least two more to come, following on behind into the U18s.
The reality is that only 3 players in that squad are used to training full time. We'll undoubtedly lose more matches, only a small number will have first-team potential but this is the mythical pathway we keep talking about: certainly looks like it's there if you've got that potential.
11 Posted 15/08/2021 at 16:23:33
Just as they were exactly a month ago.
12 Posted 15/08/2021 at 19:37:58
13 Posted 15/08/2021 at 20:23:18
14 Posted 15/08/2021 at 20:59:01
For me, Phill, that's the same lad as 59 up top. Head tilted at exactly the same angle, fringe a little longer... smiling slightly in the one up top, whereas he is frowning slightly in the solo portrait.
The thing to do is get on Twitter and ask him his number directly.
It would be a nice idea to give all the Academy players dedicated numbers, if more of a task for the U18 and U23 kit people. Strengthens their identity and gives a continuity with the senior through U23 squad.
15 Posted 15/08/2021 at 22:24:52
Sorry, I have a Twitter account but wouldn't feel comfortable asking a kid 50 odd years younger than me questions, maybe an age thing! I'm happy to go with the view it's Dylan Graham.
Although they get dedicated Academy numbers for initial photos, training etc, we then go back to 1-11 for match day teams, at least I can't recall us using squad numbers in games.
16 Posted 15/08/2021 at 22:51:53
17 Posted 16/08/2021 at 08:51:00
There are still a couple of new Scholars shown as defenders whose best position is unclear, but so far we only have Joe Anderson at left-back at U18 and U23, so there's a pathway there for somebody.
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