Everton Under-18s, 2021-22
Lineups, scores and brief match details for Everton Academy Under-18s side from Finch Farm.
|● Results & Fixtures||A record of Everton's Under-18 matches during the season|
|● League Setup||An explanation of the Under-18 Premier League setup|
|● League Table||Everton's position in the North Group table|
|● Match Details||Teamsheets and brief reports for each match|
|● Appearances||A table of Under-18 appearances and goals|
|● Friendlies||Results from Under-18 friendly matches|
|Manager: Paul Tait|
Everton Under-18s start the 2021-22 season with a fresh
young tranche of new Academy Scholars for their games in the U-18 Premier League,
Premier League Cup, and the FA Youth Cup.
FIXTURES AND RESULTS, 2021-22
|U18 Premier League ― North Group||All KOs are UK time|
|Sat 14 Aug||Leeds United (A)||1 - 2||Heath||Thorp Arch Grange||PLN: 1|
|Sat 28 Aug||Manchester City (H)||1 - 1||Sherif||Finch Farm||PLN: 2|
|Sat 28 Aug||Middlesbrough (A)||1 - 4||Djankpata||Rockliffe Park||PLN 3|
|Sat 11 Sep||Sunderland (H)||2 - 0||Tierny, Lawrence||Finch Farm||PLN: 4|
|Sat 18 Sep||Burnley (A)||1 - 3||Heath||Barnfield||PLC:G1|
|Sat 25 Sep||Wolves (H)||2 - 1||Mallon, Heath||Finch Farm||PLN: 5|
|Sat 2 Oct||Burnley (A)||2 - 1||Metcalfe, Sherif||Barnfield||PLN: 6|
|Sat 16 Oct||West Ham Utd (H)||3 - 0||Metcalfe, Sheriff, Lawrence||Finch Farm||PLC:G2|
|Sat 27 Oct||Newcastle Utd (H)||12:30||Finch Farm||PLN: 7|
|Sat 30 Oct||Liverpool (A)||11:00||LFC Academy||PLN: 8|
|Sat 6 Nov||Blackburn Rovers (H)||11:00||Finch Farm||PLN: 9|
|Sat 20 Nov||Nottingham Forest (A)||12:00||NFFC Academy||PLN:10|
|Sat 27 Nov||Arsenal (H)||11:00||Finch Farm||PLC:G3|
|Sat 4 Dec||Manchester Utd (H)||11:00||Finch Farm||PLN:11|
|Sat 18 Dec||Derby County (A)||11:30||DCFC Academy||PLN:12|
|Sat 8 Jan||Stoke City (H)||11:00||Finch Farm||PLN:13|
|Sat 15 Jan||Newcastle Utd (A)||12:30||NUFC Academy||PLN:14|
|Sat 22 Jan||Manchester Utd (A)||11:00||Carrington||PLN:15|
|Sat 5 Feb||Derby County (H)||11:30||Finch farm||PLN:16|
|Sat 19 Feb||Stoke City (A)||11:00||Clayton Woood||PLN:17|
|Sat 26 Feb||Liverpool (H)||11:00||Finch Farm||PLN:18|
|Sat 5 Mar||Leeds Utd (H)||12:00||Finch Farm||PLN:19|
|Sat 12 Mar||Manchester City (A)||12:00||Academy Stadium||PLN:20|
|Sat 19 Mar||Middlesbrough (H)||12:30||Finch Farm||PLN:21|
|Sat 2 Apr||Sunderland (A)||12:30||Academy of Light||PLN:22|
|Sat 9 Apr||Wolves (A)||11:30||Hayward Ground||PLN:23|
|Sat 23 Apr||Burnley (H)||11:00||Finch Farm||PLN:24|
|Sat 30 Apr||Nottingham Forest (H)||11:30||Finch Farm||PLN:25|
|Sat 7 May||Blackburn Rovers (A)||11:00||Brockhall||PLN:26|
|U18s Pre-season Friendlies||All KOs are UK time|
|Sat 24 Jul||Bolton Wanderers (H)||3 - 0||Tierney, Heath, Ebere||Finch Farm||F1|
|Tue 3 Aug||Fleetwood Town (H)||4 - 1||Djankpata, Tierney, Sherif, Apter||Finch Farm||F2|
|Sat 7 Aug||Preston North End (H)||1 - 0||Sherif||Finch Farm||F3|
PLN = U18 Premier League (North)
PLC = U18 Premier League Cup
FAYC = FA Youth Cup
FA U18 PREMIER LEAGUE, Northern Group Table, 2021-22
FA U18 Premier League
The U18 Premier League replaced the Premier Academy League at the start of the 2012-13 season with the aim to enhance youth development and help transition players between the Academy and First Team.
The 2021-22 Under-18 Premier League is the seventh campaign of the top tier of the Under-18 Development League. This season, the league has been expanded to 28 Category 1 Development teams, split regionally into north and south groups. Teams face their regional opponents both home and away before the top team in each group face face each other to determine the national champion. Manchester City are the defending Champions from 2020-21, beating Fulham 3-1 in the final.
Age requirement: Clubs are not allowed to field any outfield players outside of the U18 age category. However, the goalkeeper is permitted to come from the U19 age category.
The 14 clubs in the North Group of the 2021-22 U18 Premier League are:
Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City, West Bromwhich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers
The 14 clubs in the South Group of the 2021-22 U18 Premier League are:
Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur & West Ham United.
Under-18 Premier League – Match Details, 2021-22
The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-18 matches during the 2021-22 Season.
Leeds United 2 - 1 Everton
U18 Premier League North, Game #1
Saturday 14 August 2021
Thorp Arch Grange, Leeds
It was a pretty competitive game but Everton edged ahead just before half-time through Isaac Heath, with a fine right-footed shot into the centre of the goal. Leeds had perhaps held the upper hand but The Blues had got off a few decent shots through Heath, Manafa and Sherif before the breakthrough came.
The home side came back after the break and would go ahead later in the half, despite plenty of shots made by the Everton players.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Campbell, Metcalfe, Mallon [Y:19'], Samuels-Smith [Y:74'] (90+2' Jones), Jagne, Wilson, Manafa (69' Ebere), Barker (45' Apter), Heath, Sherif.
Subs not Used: Graham, Coughlan.
Everton 1 - 1 Manchester City
U18 Premier League North, Game #2
Saturday 21 August 2021
USM Finch Farm
Much of the early play saw each side trying to establish control, with the visitors doing better in terms of possession and providing some good tests for the Everton defence, where Mathew Mallon excelled. He even got forward to cross well, winning Everton's first corner.
City went ahead from the penalty spot just before the half-hour after Campbell had brought a player down on the right side of the penalty area. And that's how the score stayed through half-time.
Everton made a couple of changes just after the hour mark and were able to draw level against the run of play on 77 minutes when great work by Issac Hatch saw Coughlan feed a nice through ball that Martin Sherif converted.
Everton came very close to winning it after Sherif fought hard to win a long clearance and it looked like the ball was bobbling into the goal when it was cleared off the line by a City defender.
City won a dangerous free-kick in the last minute, but it was easy pickings for Jak Stewart in the Everton goal, and a good result against the U18 Champions.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Campbell, Mallon [Y:91'], Tierney, Metcalfe, Wilson, Jagne (61' Coughlan), Apter (62' Ebere (79' Smikle-James)), Heath, Manafa, Sherif.
Subs not Used: Jensen, Opawole
Middlesbrough 4 - 1 Everton
U18 Premier League North, Game #3
Saturday 28 August 2021
Rockliffe Park, Middlesbrough
The Blues got off to a terrible start, giving up a goal in the first minute. They responded well through youngster Halid Djankpata just a couple of minutes later but gave up two more goals before the half-hour mark, and went 4-1 behind by half-time.
There were no more goals in the second half but the damager was done early on in this one, giving the young Blues no chance to recover.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Mallon, Wilson, Tierney, Jones (64' Coughlan), Jagne, Melcalfe, Heath, Apter (90' Smikle-James), Djankpata, Sherif.
Subs not Used: Graham, Butler, Beaumont-Clark
Everton 2 - 0 Sunderland
U18 Premier League North, Game #4
Saturday 11 September 2021
USM Finch Farm
Everton U18s secured a good win over Sunderland in their 4th match of the new season.
At half-time, Everton led 1-0 on a goal from Jack Tierney off a corner after just 5 minutes. Schoolboy Halid Djankpata had to come off after less than 25 minutes.
There were no more goals until right at the death, when the highly-rated youngster Emilio Lawrence made it 2-0 for the young Blues, their first win of the season.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Tierney, Wright, Samuels-Smith, Mallon, Djankpata (23' Coughlan), Heath, Metcalfe, Sherif (72' Jagne), Baker, Lawrence.
Subs not Used: Graham, Jones, Apter.
Everton 2 - 1 Wolves
U18 Premier League North, Game #5
Saturday 25 September 2021
USM Finch Farm
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.
Burnley 1 - 2 Everton
U18 Premier League North, Game #6
Saturday 2 October 2021
Barnfield Training Centre, Burnley
Burnley went ahead from the penalty spot after Leban brought a man down. But Jenson Metcalfe restored parity with a lovely curling shot just after the half-hour mark.
However, in the second half, Martin Sherif was on target again for the young Blues to exact sweet revenge for that cup defeat earlier this season.
Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon, Wright, Jones [Y:59'], Tierney, Metcalfe, Barker, Apter (79' Djankpata), Sherif [Y:71'], Lawrence, Heath.
Subs not Used: Graham, Coughlan, Smikle-James, Trialist.
Under-18 Premier League Cup
The 2021-22 Under-18 Premier League Cup is the fourth campaign of the domestic youth team cup competition, as it was replaced by the Under-17 version last 2020-21 season. It pits Category 1 teams and some from Category 2 against each other in an initial three-game group stage. Groups are clubs play each other once, either home or away, with the winners of the seven groups plus the best runner-up advancing to the quarter-finals. The knockout rounds will be one-off matches.
Everton are placed in Group G along with Arsenal Burnley and West Ham Utd.
Burnley 3 - 1 Everton
U18 Premier League Cup, Group G; Game #1
Saturday 18 September 2021
Barnfield Training Centre, Burnley
Imam Jagne is back in action for Everton, with Kitia Kouyate returning from injury to make his first appearance this season. However, the Blues centre-forward showed a little rustiness perhaps, smashing a penalty for Everton over the bar with 9 minutes gone.
Everton then gave up a goal to the home side on 19 minutes, and that's how it stayed until half-time. Burnley went further ahead but on 56 minutes but Everton responded immediately with a goal from Issac Heath.
However, Burnley would go further ahead after 72 minutes to wrap up the game.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Wright (62' Coughlan), Jones (88' Apter), Tierney, Samuels-Smith, Jagne, Metcalfe, Baker, Heath, Kouyate (46' Sherif), Lawrence.
Subs not Used: Graham.
Everton 3 - 0 West Ham United
U18 Premier League Cup, Group G; Game #2
Saturday 16 October 2021
USM Finch Farm
The score at half-time was 0-0 but Jenson Metcalfe put the Blues ahead after 72 minutes. The young Blues went further ahead just 6 minutes later, when striker Martin Sherif scored. And in a great finish to the game, Emilo Lawrence also got on the scoresheet before the end to seal an emphatic win.
Everton U18s: Leban, Mallon [Y:67'] (88' Wright), Samuels-Smith, Jones, Tierney, Metcalfe, Barker, Butterfield, Sherif, Lawrence (88' Jagne), Heath (60' Djankpata).
Subs not Used: Stewart, Wilson.
Under-18 Appearances, 2021-22
New Scholars (mostly Under-16s) this season (although some appeared at the end of last season) include:Defenders: Jack Tierney, Edward Jones, Roman Quintyne, Charlie Wilson, Harry Wright.
Midfielders: Owen Barker, Isaac Heath, Shae Cahill, Sam Coughlan, Halid Djankpata, Saja Manafa, Jenson Metcalfe
Forward: Troy Smikler-James.
Other new names at this level include: Matthew Apter, Jacob Beaumont-Clark, Jack Butler, Coby Ebere, Emilio Lawrence, Johnson Opawole, Ishe Samuels-Smith, Martin Sherif, and a newcomer brought in from Sunderland – Francis Okoronkwo
|Player||Lg Apps (Sub)||Lg Goals||Cup Apps (Sub)||Cup Goals|
|Issac Heath||6 (0)||2||2 (0)||1|
|Jenson Metcalfe||6 (0)||1||2 (0)||0|
|Mathew Mallon||6 (0)||1||1 (0)||0|
|Jack Tierney||5 (0)||1||2 (0)||0|
|Martin Sherif||5 (0)||2||1 (1)||1|
|Jak Stewart||5 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Imam Jagne||4 (1)||0||1 (1)||0|
|Owen Barker||4 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Matthew Apter||3 (1)||0||0 (1)||0|
|Emilio Lawrence||3 (0)||1||2 (0)||1|
|Ishé Samuels-Smith||3 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Elijah Campbell||3 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Charlie Wilson||3 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Ed Jones||2 (1)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Halid Djankpata||2 (1)||1||0 (1)||0|
|Harry Wright||2 (0)||0||1 (1)||0|
|Saja Manafa||2 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Zan-Luk Leban||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Katia Kouyate||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Sam Coughlan||0 (3)||0||0 (1)||0|
|Troy Simikle-James||0 (2)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Coby Ebere||0 (2)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Luke Butterfield||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Dylan Graham||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Seb Jensen||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Reece Welch||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Stan Mills||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Issac Price||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Charlie Whitaker||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Sebastian Kristensen||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Sean McAllister||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Roman Quinytne||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Shae Cahill||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Jacob Beaumont-Clark||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Jack Butler||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Johnson Opawole||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Francis Okoronkwo||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
Everton 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
Pre-season Friendly, Game #1
Saturday 24 July 2021
Everton U18s beat Bolton U18s 3-0 on Saturday, with goals from Jack Tierney, Isaac Heath, and Coby Ebere.
No further information on the teamsheet or game action, but it was a side consisting mostly of players from last season's U16s, along with the best out of the U15s as the Academy looks to accelerate the development of younger players this season.
Everton U18s: No teamsheet available
Everton 4 - 1 Fleetwood Town
Pre-season Friendly, Game #2
Tuesday 3 August 2021
A number of Under-16 players were in Paul Tait's line-up as they ran out comfortable winners against their EFL Youth Alliance opponents.
The Blues took the lead in the third minute. Isaac Heath's long pass picked out Halid Djankpata and although his first effort was saved, he hammered home the rebound.
The visitors were compretietve for most of the first half without really troubling Mackenzie Chapman in the home goal.
Everton then scored two goals in the last five minutes of the first half.
An effort from Matthew Mallon was deflected wide and from a short corner, Sean Coughlin delivered a hanging cross that Jack Tierney headed over the keeper.
Martin Sherif made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute with shot from 20-yards that found the bottom corner.
The fourth goal came on the hour mark — made and taken by two of the substitutes introduced early in the second half. Ed Jones powered forward from defence and after evading a couple of challenges he forced the keeper into a low save. Matthew Apter was on hand to guide the loose ball into an empty net.
Five minutes later, Fleetwood got a goal back.
There was still time for Jensen Metcalfe to hit the Fleetwood crossbar with a direct free-kick on a very satisfying afternoon for the young Blues
Everton U18s: No teamsheet available
Everton 1 - 0 Preston North End
Pre-season Friendly, Game #3
Saturday 7 August 2021
Martin Sherif scored the goal. No other details are available.
Everton U18s: No teamsheet available