Blues comeback for fine win in the FA Youth Cup at Goodison

Friday, 10 December, 2021 77comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U18s 3 - 2 Fulham U18s

Everton's U18s kicked off their participation in this season's FA Youth Cup with a fine comeback win in a ding-dong game against Fulham at Goodison Park on Friday night.

Everton started the game showing some good intent to get forward ut Metcalfe was a little too eager with his heavy forward passes. Charlie Whitaker had the first decent shot at goal, then Mills than Whitaker again with an even better strike, all saved by the Fulham keeper.

But against the run of play, a parried save off Nash was finished with ease to put Fulham ahead in their first attack a quarter of the way through the game. That unfortunately was a massive blow to the confidence they had shown as the rain started pouring down on their Goodison parade.

The young Blues got back in attack mode toward the end of the half, and had a slew of chances, most which the Fulham keeper saved, one notable effort by Whitaker he stabbed wide.

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Francis Okoronkwo came on to replace Kouyate after the break. But it was Fulham who looked like adding to their lead as Everton were pushed back and could produce nothing. That was until the two wingers combined superbly, Whitaker playing an excellent through-ball from half-way that Stan Mills could run onto and slide past the otherwise very solid Fulham keeper. Game on!

Then some much better football but it was a wicked deflection that helped Stan Mills score the go-ahead goal for the young Blues with 22 minutes to play.

Then a brilliant move started by Metcalfe and with Mills crossing perfectly for Okoronkwo but that excellent Fulham keeper stopped Everton's third with a fantastic save.

Fulham always looked to have a goal in them but a terrible backpass went past their keeper and Francis Okoronkwo was on it to lash the ball into the empty net from 3 inches out to make the win secure for the young Blues.

But the game ended on a sour note when Mallon went through on Harris and he reacted badly, a fierce scuffle ensued and ultimately both players were sent off as 4 minutes added became 9 and Diaz scored straight from the free-kick.

Everton U18s: Nash, Mallon [R:90+4'], Samuels-Smith, Campbell, Welch [Y:90'], Butterfield, Mills, Metcalfe, Kouyate (46' Okoronkwo), Price, Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Dixon, Tierney, Heath, Lawrence, Sherif.


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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 10/12/2021 at 09:37:16
Michael, the good news is that the game is on the Club’s YouTube channel, so we will be able to watch it. I believe the bit about “ clashing with Premier League” matches only applies to U23s.

I’ m looking forward to this, we don’t get many opportunities to watch these youngsters, and the team selection mixing schoolboys, u18s and eligible U23s will tell us a lot of who is “ highly rated “, that oft used phrase.

Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 10/12/2021 at 16:44:36
That's great, Phill. Thanks for ferreting that out.

Here's the link to FA Youth Cup – Watch Live

Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 10/12/2021 at 16:50:53
Thanks for the nod, Phill!
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 10/12/2021 at 18:35:57
So by my reckoning, Welch, Mills and Price are U23 regulars, with Campbell having been tried at that level for a few games.

U18s regulars overlooked tonite include Leban, Wright, and Jones. Youngsters also missing are Coughlan, Barker and Djankpata – but they have missed a few games now.

Phill Thompson
5 Posted 10/12/2021 at 18:39:32
An experienced team named tonight, no big surprises except maybe Nash proffered in goal to Stewart.

Patrick Nash; Matt Mallon, Reece Welch, Eli Campbell, Ishe Samuels-Smith;
Jenson Metcalfe, Luke Butterfield;
Stan Mills, Isaac Price, Charlie Whitaker;
Katia Kouyate.

That's my take on a 4-2-3-1 formation, but Metcalfe and Price could swap.

Phill Thompson
6 Posted 10/12/2021 at 18:41:21
Michael, I believe Leban is too old for “official” Youth Cup games.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 10/12/2021 at 18:46:03
I don't know about the opposition but that looks a strong U18 for us given the number having played U23. I hope Sherif gets time.
Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 10/12/2021 at 18:51:21
Showing Fulham 4 - 3 Everton from 2019...

How about that 4th goal by Bobby Carroll!

Andrew Keatley
9 Posted 10/12/2021 at 18:52:05
Michael (4) - Luke Butterfield also played regularly for the Under 23s at the beginning of this season, and only recently lost his starting to place with the return to fitness of Onyango. I have generally really liked what I have seen from him. Charlie Whittaker is also another Under 23 regular, and I'd be expecting him to shine tonight.

I'll be watching Isaac Price closely tonight. Lots on here seem to rate him very highly but I've never been particularly impressed. He can be neat and tidy for sure but he's been played in an advanced position of late and he very rarely seems to contribute anything meaningful in terms of goals or assists. Hopefully tonight he'll convert me into being a believer.

Andrew Keatley
10 Posted 10/12/2021 at 18:56:03
Will be hoping to see Sherif get some minutes off the bench. Okoronkwo too.
Phill Thompson
11 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:02:27
Two players perhaps not so well known are 15 year old Ishe Samuels-Smith, who recentry played left centre back for England u16, and 1st year Scholar Jenson Metcalfe, made his debut for the U23s as a schoolboy last season has a terrific right foot on him, and scores goals.
Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:04:34
Uh-Oh.. Snods unplugs his mic
Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:07:27
Initial observations. Keeper too eager to belt it down the pitch.

Uncomfortable on the ball. Keeper and team?

Play the percentage game?

Phill Thompson
14 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:10:39
Danny, they’ll settle into playing it out from the back, that’s what they’ve been trained to do.
Michael Kenrick
15 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:11:22
All this shite about having all club teams play the same... I think these lads have a much better idea than farting about. Go forward, get it up the field and in the box. Great intent so far.
Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:16:24
I can see that Phill.

Despite my earlier claim, they are playing with patience and possession.

That's fine, just when you go forward, do it with purpose and intent.

Tony Everan
17 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:18:35
Fulham pressing well high up, will be a good test for us technically, trying to play it out from the back.
Dale Self
18 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:19:50
Niiiiiiiiice, slow work day. thanks for this.
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:24:05
Keeper error
Brent Stephens
20 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:24:52
Maybe not? At full stretch?
Jay Wood

21 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:26:59
Oops! Totally dominant, but allowed Fulham to largely walk through us from deep.

Commentary exonerating Nash the keeper, but he needs to push the original shot wider, not back into play to the goalscorer.

Michael Kenrick
22 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:27:00
Well, blow me, they are playing exactly like the first team!
Danny O’Neill
23 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:28:25
Commentator and "Snods" complaining about not getting at tackle in.

I'll look at it a different way. Credit to Fulham as they had a centre back comfortable on the ball who carried forward 40 yards.

Comfortable on the ball. The clue is in the name. FootBALL.

Jay Wood

24 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:28:37
Are you at GP, Brent?
Brent Stephens
25 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:30:08
No Jay. Chez moi.
Jay Wood

26 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:33:27
Ah! At your French holiday home, Brent.

Fulham growing into this since taking the lead.

Dale Self
27 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:45:00
Close, good effort
Danny O’Neill
28 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:45:49
Apologies in advance for my cynicism.

I'm a proud native of the city of Liverpool, but we have a scouser commentating alongside an ex-Everton player.

Plays to the old boys club?

Tony Everan
29 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:46:22
World class turn from Whitaker, done the hard bit just needed to slot it past the keeper.
Robert Tressell
30 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:52:46
Some lovely bits of skill individually and good moments of link up too. Whitaker and Metcalfe look very good. Kouyate too and the 15 year old at left back looks an excellent prospect.

If it carries on like this we'll surely turn dominance into goals.

Phill Thompson
31 Posted 10/12/2021 at 19:59:03
It would be harsh to take many off but Sherif on for Kouyate is an obvious one and then look at getting Lawrence and Okoronkwo on maybe play 433. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that.
Phill Thompson
32 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:06:26
I know nothing. Okoronkwo it is for Kouyate.
Brent Stephens
33 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:20:29
Great goal Mills.
Dale Self
34 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:20:46
Ooh, that was a silky pass. Gooooooooool! UTFT!!!!!
Jay Wood

35 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:21:21
Out of nothing in a poor 2nd half, great pass by Whittaker. Cool finish by Mills.
Tony Everan
36 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:21:45
Great ball from Whitaker, cool finish Mills.
Brent Stephens
37 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:22:01
Lovely Whittaker pass.
Michael Kenrick
38 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:25:26
Hey Dale, whereabouts in Yankeeland are you?
Dale Self
39 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:25:40
We should ditch Beretta by the way, on quality and corporate behavior grounds.
Dale Self
40 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:26:56
I'm deep in the woods Santa Cruz county. South of San Francisco about an hour. Not at Chez moi.

HotDamn! Goooooooooool!! 2-1

Tony Everan
41 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:27:12
No messing about there from Mills, bang and it’s in !
Brent Stephens
42 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:27:14
Mills left foot goal.
Dale Self
43 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:27:47
Deflected, not complaining.
Brent Stephens
44 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:28:01
Deflected but made good space for himself.
Jay Wood

45 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:28:43
And again Stan Mills. Good skill to create the chance, even if a tad fortunate with the deflection on the shot.
Dale Self
46 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:29:13
oh, damn nice counter but equally good save
Tony Everan
47 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:30:16
Yes, the deflection gave the keeper no chance at all, it was so well struck.
Brent Stephens
48 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:34:51
Okoronkwo looks as if he's got a quick brain. Quick decision-making.
Michael Kenrick
49 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:35:46
That's Big Sur country isn't it? Little pad in Monterey overlooking that fabulous coastline?
Darren Hind
50 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:36:00
Been waiting...Stan the man ?
Michael Kenrick
51 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:41:19
Baines sporting some fine rock-star locks there!
Dale Self
52 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:43:37
Yes Michael, if you get out to the beach on the south side of town it is a straight view to Monterey. This whole area is lovely with just enough development that it feels fully civilized.
Dale Self
53 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:46:40
Ha Haaaaaaaaaaaa! The worst goal I've seen given up in a cup match since David "Caveman" Seaman's against Real Zaragoza.
Brent Stephens
54 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:46:52
Silly third for us. Fulham cockup. Okoronkwo.
Jay Wood

55 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:47:49
Thumping finish for the third goal.
Tony Everan
56 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:48:02
Okoronkwo – 30-cm screamer!

It's not been perfect but I've enjoyed watching the younger lads passing it out from the back. Learning to think fast, use their brains and be creative with the ball. Plus they've worked hard for this win and it's well deserved.

Brent Stephens
57 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:48:48
Good chasing and tackle by Price. The lad always puts in a great shift.
Stephen Vincent
58 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:52:10

I spent some time in a little town called Los Gatos just outside San Jose not a million miles from you.

Tony Everan
59 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:55:16
An entertaining melee to finish the night! What more do you want?
Dale Self
60 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:55:46
Yes Stephen, pass by there each time I go to the radio station. That's the nice thing about this area, lots of small towns each with their own vibe. Makes for good time wasting when out and about on errands.
Dale Self
61 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:57:13
Great, the what about that guy moment. The captain definitely waved fist, I knew he was gone.
Jay Wood

62 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:59:19
Strewth! Heavy handbags coming out right at the death.

Bad foul by Mallon, but the Fulham lad didn't need to kick things off as he did.

Reds for both as a result probably deserved.

And what a cracker from the resulting free kick by Fulham.

Mixed bag all up.

Dale Self
63 Posted 10/12/2021 at 20:59:21
Paul Birmingham
64 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:02:01
Fabulous entertainment and some good football.

There looks like some good prospects in that squad if they keep working hard.

Phill Thompson
65 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:02:10
Well overall a deserved win I thought. The kids never give up even when they're behind. I had Whitaker as my MotM, looks class every time he plays. Onwards to the next round.
Brent Stephens
66 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:03:42
Very impressed by the 15-year-old, Samuels-Smith. One so young.
Phill Thompson
67 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:05:35
Pat Nash looked like a lot of goalkeepers his age do, a very agile shotstopper, but not so commanding in his area yet. Although only 17 he’s going to have to grow a bit more to make any impact at professional level.
Andy Finigan
68 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:06:36
Well done, young lions. Go forth and exel for Everton Football Club.
Phill Thompson
69 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:12:27
Brent. #66,

It'll be interesting to see how we look to develop Ishe Samuels-Smith. In the match I watched, France U16 v England U16, he played left centre-back, despite being No 3. He was so calm and composed playing the ball out, and at the age level he looked a decent size compared to others his age. He's speedy too when he needs to be.

Will he develop physically enough to be a centre-back or fast enough to be better at left-back is the question. In all our games though he's been a left-back, and if he develops there in 18 months time, we could have a great prospect on our hands.

Dave Abrahams
70 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:13:18
Jay (62), their number eight doing a good impression of Joey Barton in that Man.City v QPR game of a few years ago and the ref trying to send the wrong man off, got all the qualities to be a future premier league official.

That 77th minute (I looked at the clock) Everton defensive defending exactly like the first team, Keystone Kops at their best, panic-stricken before they eventually got it away after about a dozen attempts.

I thought Charlie Whittaker was wasted on the wing, the young left-back and Metcalfe two very young lads looked okay to me along with Mills and the young lad from Sunderland who scored that crazy goal and had a bit of fun enjoying it.

Stephen Vincent
71 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:26:33
Dale, There was a sports shop in Los Gatos just opposite the old cinema, the guy that ran it was a big blue always had a mannequin in the window with a blues shirt on.
Robert Tressell
72 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:26:52
Enjoyed that. Samuels-Smith did exceptionally well. What a calm, talented player and only 15. My man of the match. Welch, Metcalfe and Whitaker also classy performances.

First I've seen of Okoronkwo today. He's huge! Certainly got something about him though and looks mobile for his size and capable of doing something different.

Dale Self
73 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:29:17
Got that, Stephen. I'll stop by and see if they're still open. If so I'm going to tell him he's famous, "They talk about you on ToffeeWeb!"
Andrew Keatley
74 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:34:23
Really impressed by Metcalfe, who really looks like he can do it all. He was sometimes overly ambitious in his distribution, but he carries the ball like a natural, looks pretty two-footed, and has a surprising turn of pace. Big big tick from me.

Samuels-Smith was very comfortable in possession, and looked calm throughout.

Stanley Mills and Charlie Whittaker managed to show their experience and effect the game. Mills gave the poor Fulham left-back a torrid time in the first half, and his direct running and pace were too much for Fulham. He might not be the most skilful or naturally talented player in the group, but he has that ability to make things happen - sometimes by skill, other times by brute force and determination. Good qualities to have.

Ron Marr
75 Posted 10/12/2021 at 21:52:47
Dale, Santa Cruz county, wow… can be expensive. The son of a friend of ours made a cash offer $100k over the asking price on a house there and was outbid.

I work in San Francisco, lived in the East Bay for 40 years but now in the North Bay. My connection to Everton: born in Liverpool and my dad was a Blue. Was at the games when Everton won the league in 63 and 70.

Dale Self
76 Posted 10/12/2021 at 22:03:29
Yep Ron, it's madness unless you're in on it. I am obviously jealous of your heritage having made my way to Everton from Oklahoma. My sister barely got into a place in Sausalito and can now just ride out the gains. I fucked off too much in my 30s and 40s, I'm a renter but scored a fantastic place and the landlord is grateful so it worked out.

When the pandemic clears let's get together for a pint or two.

Derek Thomas
77 Posted 10/12/2021 at 22:12:03
Stephen @ 71; that dummy in the window, was it Rondon's more mobile twin brother?

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