Everton U18s in fine FA Youth Cup win

Friday, 14 January, 2022 11comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U18s 2 - 1 Sheffield Utd U18s

Everton Under-18s secured a fine win in the FA Youth Cup on Friday night beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Goodison Park to move into the 5th Round.

Everton won an early penalty when Okoronkwo was fouled but Isaac Price failed to convert from the spot.

Five minutes before the interval, his inch-perfect lofted pass was met with a clinical first-time finish from Mills - but it was flagged offside.

A goal from Francis Okoronkwo's just before the half-time interval finally gave the young Blues a deserved lead after he beat two defenders with a clever piece of skill and found the bottom corner with a precise side-footed finish.

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That advantage was doubled just after the hour mark as Okoronkwo turned provider, setting up midfielder Stanley Mills to convert from close range for his fifth goal in his past five games.

The Blades pulled one back with a late header - but Paul Tait's side defended well in the closing stages to see out the result.

Scorers: Okoronkwo (43') Mills (63'); Sachdev (88')

Everton U18s: Nash, Mallon, Samuels-Smith, Campbell [Y:38'], Welch, Butterfield, Mills [Y:55'], Price, Sherif (83' Lawrence), Barker (73' Jagne), Okoronkwo.
Subs not Used:Stewart, Quintyne, Tierney, Djankpata, Heath.


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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 14/01/2022 at 19:55:06
The U18s are leading Sheffield Utd 1-0 at half-time with a great goal from the lad we signed from Sunderland.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:11:30
Everton U18s won this FA Youth Cup game 2-1 with another goal from Stan Mills to add to the first-half goal. They then let United score a late goal from a poorly defended corner.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:14:06
Okoronkwo looks good, Dave. That's a strong side, with the likes of Welch, Campbell, Mills and others who've been playing U23s stuff.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:21:49

Yes, Okoronkwo looked very good and he always looks happy, singing there at the end of the game happy to be through to the next round. Mills very good along with Butterfield and Welch and the young kid at left-back, who is only 15.

Same age as the other striker, Sherif. Hard to believe he is still only fifteen, he’s going to be some size if he keeps growing, he’s over 6 foot now.

Not a bad game. They now play Man Utd away in the next round which should be on their TV channel.

Sam Hoare
5 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:37:47
The trouble with the likes of Okoronkwo is that’s it’s very difficult to tell if he looks good because he’s matured earlier than some of the other boys or because he’s a genuinely good player.

I think the likes of Simms looked excellent at this level partly because he was just much quicker and stronger than some his rivals; though still a decent prospect he’s not excelled to the same degree at U23s and senior level.

A decent display by the u18s. Mills and Welch were the picks for me.

Jay Wood

6 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:38:11
BUGGER! Missed this. I do wish the club gave more publicity to these games.

Entire game available at this link on YouTube.

Youth Cup v Blades

To see the goals fast forward to 1:05:00. Okuronkwo very Gray-like with his goal.

1:43:00 to see Mills thump home the second from close in.

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:44:17
Thanks, Jay, and he definitely looked stronger than most in those highlights then, Sam.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:47:44
Jay, I think Okuronkwo made the Mills goal?
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:53:20
Brent, yes, the big lad definitely made the goal for Mills and he scored another good goal from a great pass by Butterfield that was marginally offside.
Andrew Keatley
10 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:59:09
Ishe Samuels-Smith really caught my eye - he’s just a complete natural. Stanley Mills continues to impress - and was as good in the air as he was on the ground; I wonder whether he might end up playing as centre forward, or auxiliary striker, as he has all the tools to play anywhere across the front three. And I’ve been banging on about Luke Butterfield for the best part of a year now, and he was excellent again.

Okoronkwo has real confidence in his own ability, and that’s a massive plus for a forward. He was dangerous throughout, and fancies his chances when doubled-up against. Very encouraging signs from him.

I still don’t really get Isaac Price though. I’ve watched him a lot and he has never stood out even once.

Robert Tressell
11 Posted 15/01/2022 at 12:57:38
Being optimistic, I see more of a natural footballer in Okoronkwo than Simms.

It certainly doesn't hurt being such a big unit, but he runs with the ball well and seems to operate well wide and deep. Seems to have a lot of personality too.

Fingers crossed.

Samuels-Smith looks a class act regardless of size. Just so good.

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