Everton U18s 2 - 1 Wolves U18s
Everton U18s are at home to Wolves this morning, with their 5th game of the new U18 Premier League season kicking off at 11:30 am BST in Finch Farm.
Paul Tait's young charges are desperate to reverse the depressing trend of the season so far, with only one win and two losses putting them low down the table. Player shortages affected the U23s in their defeat to Manchester United last night and there may be an additional knock-on impact to the U18s when it comes to team selection.
It's early days yet but Wolves have a better record so far this season up in the top half of the table and they may present something of a challenge to the young Blues on home soil.
No real revelations in the team line-up, Kouyate back for his first U18 league game. Still no game time for Shae Cahill, nor the new lad signed last week: Francis Okoronkwo.
Right-back Mathew Mallon gave Everton an 11th-minute lead after good work from striker Katia Kouyate in the box, squaring for the defender to tap home from close range.
The young Blues could not prevent Wolves from equalizing on 24 minutes, however. Isaac Heath's second-half strike secured victory to make it back-to-back Premier League North wins for Everton Under-18s.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Mallon, Samuels-Smith (86' Jones), Tierney, Campbell, Metcalfe, Barker, Jagne, Kouyate (60' Djankpata), Lawrence, Heath.
Subs not Used: Graham, Apter, Sherif.
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1 Posted 25/09/2021 at 10:58:20
Lot's "more important" stuff going on today (what could be more important than the Academy, I hear you cry!) for them to bother sending some junior oik down to Finch Farm to update the Match Centre on the official website.
2 Posted 25/09/2021 at 12:00:53
Matty Mallon scores after 12 minutes to put the Young Blues ahead 1-0.
3 Posted 25/09/2021 at 12:02:39
Wolves get one back on 25 minutes. 1-1
4 Posted 25/09/2021 at 12:25:31
5 Posted 25/09/2021 at 12:52:25
Looks like Everton scored again through Issac Heath on 52 minutes. 2-1.
6 Posted 25/09/2021 at 12:56:49
7 Posted 25/09/2021 at 17:56:43
8 Posted 25/09/2021 at 20:23:29
I shall look out for that one in future.
Here's the club's report on the game:
9 Posted 26/09/2021 at 09:20:04
We now have Simms, Gordon, Dobbin, Onyango and Branthwaite in the first team reckoning - with Warrington possibly not too far away.
Obviously still a long way to go for all of them, but pleasing that Benitez appears to be (possibly out of necessity) buying into this.
10 Posted 26/09/2021 at 09:37:34
He didn't set the world alight, but then didn't do a lot wrong. Pretty much sums up the team though.
As always, pleased to see an academy kid make it onto the pitch. Let's hope he builds on it. I don't know too much about him, but many here have been talking about him.
11 Posted 26/09/2021 at 09:44:15
12 Posted 26/09/2021 at 19:30:59
While Dobbin is undoubtedly the most talented of our attackers, and has great potential, I've been disappointed with him so far this season at U23s. He's been taken off early a few times, not sure he's scored in the league and has sometimes been bullied by big defenders.
Just being around the first team will raise his game and present better training opportunities, working on his weaknesses etc.
13 Posted 26/09/2021 at 19:38:43
14 Posted 26/09/2021 at 20:05:40
15 Posted 27/09/2021 at 12:13:51
I agree with your sentiments though, I love watching this current crop because of their potential, even if most won't make it and we'll likely lose more games than win at both U18 and U23.
And we're now showing more of the U23s games, it's a shame we don't get U18 games streamed too.
16 Posted 27/09/2021 at 12:17:25
17 Posted 27/09/2021 at 12:57:21
18 Posted 27/09/2021 at 14:22:16
Yeah it's a good point. The RS had 16-year-old Kaide Gordon starting in the cup the other night alongside a number of what seems like decent squad players (on paper cos I don't watch them), so they could afford to do that ease him in. Imagine giving Dobbin a game against QPR in our team that night.
I was also thinking of the time Ryan Ledson was on the bench at 16 but Moyes never used him. It's hard to say Moyes was wrong given Ledson's subsequent progress but who knows “what if” if he'd have got 3 mins at the end?
19 Posted 27/09/2021 at 14:48:29
Don't get me wrong – I like Dobbin: plenty of potential, I just want to see more from him. They've played him in a three, alongside Cannon with Whitaker just behind, in a two with Whitaker, and on his own. He's looked sharp but rarely a goal threat, and only one goal in the cup so far. At the same age, the less talented Simms was scoring regularly at U23s, albeit in a stronger, more mature team.
As ever, we all watch the same match but form different opinions, and in terms of overall contribution, I've been much more impressed by Charlie Whitaker who's also been asked to play up front on his own at times. When he's played alongside Dobbin, it's been Whitaker who's been asked to track back and tackle in midfield.
To be honest I don't think they can wait around to be used right or allowed to play in their favourite position. As well as talent, they have to show a willingness to work and be adaptable. I think it's great that Benitez gave Dobbin his first team debut. I hope he continues with him in first team training – that's where he'll improve the most.
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