Morecambe 0 - 1 EvertonAn Everton Under-21 side travelled to Morecambe tonight for their first group game in the EFL trophy, sponsored again this season by Papa John's Pizza, and stole a tremendous win.
In a difficult game against their elders and presumed betters, Everton youngsters battled to impose an impressive degree of control on the game without scoring.
But that would change after Sean McAllister came on as a substitute for Lewis Dobbin just before the hour mark. And 7 minutes later, McAllister picked up a pass from Eli Campbell, made space, turned smartly and fired in off the post with the keeper rooted, to put Everton ahead.
That set up increasingly frantic later stages to the game as the home side tried everything in their playbook to get through the Everton defence... but failed.
Everton U21s: Leban, Mills, Astley, Campbell, Welch [Y:30'], Anderson, Whitaker, Price, Butterfield, Cannon (82' Warrington), Dobbin (57' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt, Kristiensen, Hughes, Hagan.
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1 Posted 14/09/2021 at 11:32:53
Essentially then we could select from all our recent U23s players, and also include Gordon and Branthwaite if we want to give them a run out and strengthen the team. That would be a good option, show we are taking the competition seriously while also resting some players with a large number of games coming up.
2 Posted 14/09/2021 at 13:13:03
Official Members can watch Everton's Papa John's trophy opener against Morecambe on Tuesday night (7pm BST) live on evertonfc.com!
The competition sees David Unsworth's team test themselves against senior opposition and the young Blues will kick off their campaign by taking on the League One Shrimps at Mazuma Stadium.
Official Members can view our live Morecambe v Everton stream here!
3 Posted 14/09/2021 at 18:56:02
Leban Mills Astley Campbell Welch Anderson Whitaker Price Butterfield Cannon Dobbin
Subs: Warrington Hunt Kristiensen McAllister Barrett Hughes Hagan
4 Posted 14/09/2021 at 18:58:41
5 Posted 14/09/2021 at 19:01:19
6 Posted 14/09/2021 at 19:14:31
More space than U23s games; 0-0 after 12 minutes.
7 Posted 14/09/2021 at 19:29:08
Available to season ticket holders and those who have coughed up £35 for online membership.
8 Posted 14/09/2021 at 19:52:28
9 Posted 14/09/2021 at 19:58:11
10 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:08:39
11 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:13:59
12 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:15:54
Our defending has been superb, clearing out everything played into our area.
Dobbin's now off without ever getting into the game.
Stan Mills again impressing.
13 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:22:24
14 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:24:10
15 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:24:21
16 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:33:53
64 = Reece Welch, per the line-ups on EFC Match centre.
A few changes there... Tom Cannon now 47 and not 45?
Very few of these numbers reflected in the squad pages at efc.com... why should I even expect that they would be?
Have you seen anywhere else listing squad numbers with names for these younger players? Maybe they should use them in PL2 games...
17 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:35:45
18 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:51:16
19 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:52:45
20 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:53:01
Literally boys against men and Morecambe was dishing it out. The ref was Atkinson-like, not so much as speaking to the offender for some nasty late challenges.
The Blues didn't flinch or back down. Tigers every one of them.
21 Posted 14/09/2021 at 20:56:08
McAllister definitely has an eye for goal, he has a very powerful shot blocked last week that was goal-bound not long after he came on.
22 Posted 14/09/2021 at 21:00:56
We were clever in changing our formations, starting off with a 3-4-1-2 with Whitaker behind or in the middle of the front two; then we switched a bit more with McAllister coming on. Whitaker changed position again and then, when Warrington came on, Whitaker was on his own up front, great energy from the youngster.
A great performance from them tonight.
24 Posted 14/09/2021 at 21:10:31
Once you can recognise a few players by their height, playing style and can pick them out, it becomes easier. Butterfield and Price can be difficult as they change position and look similar to Whitaker, who thankfully plays further forward.
If you're able to watch a few games, it really helps when you recognise players and makes it more enjoyable as you remember certain ones.
25 Posted 14/09/2021 at 21:17:21
He was looking forward to seeing Dobbin, but it was his replacement, McAllister who took his goal well…
Morecambe were physical, but we handled the pressure well, apparently.
26 Posted 14/09/2021 at 23:01:27
27 Posted 15/09/2021 at 14:59:56
He hadnt been feeling well, so after playing on Saturday, I told his mum to take him for a covid test, and Sods law, he received a text on Sunday night telling him he was positive.
It would have been a great experience for him, and hopefully the chance comes again for him in the near future🤞 because like a few of Evertons team last night, hes still only 17.
28 Posted 19/09/2021 at 14:05:44
Not sure you will see this but I came across some very strange names under Everton Squad Numbers listed here:
34 Martin Kelly
40 Scott Banks
43 Rece Hannan
44 Jairo Riedwald
46 Rob Street
49 Jesuran Rak-Sakyi
I'm not convinced that the site is reliable although at a glance the previous years don't have any such strange names.
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