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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1 Posted 14/01/2022 at 19:55:06
2 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:11:30
3 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:14:06
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, hes going to be some size if he keeps growing, hes 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.
5 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:37:47
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 hes 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.
6 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:38:11
Entire game available at this link on YouTube.
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.
7 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:44:17
8 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:47:44
9 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:53:20
10 Posted 14/01/2022 at 21:59:09
Okoronkwo has real confidence in his own ability, and thats 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 dont really get Isaac Price though. Ive watched him a lot and he has never stood out even once.
11 Posted 15/01/2022 at 12:57:38
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.
Samuels-Smith looks a class act regardless of size. Just so good.
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