Everton U21s defeated by Southampton at Walton Hall Park

13/11/2022 20comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U21s 1 - 2 Southampton U21s

The second part of a double-header for the Under-21s at Walton Hall Park saw two Blues dismissed as Southampton won in the Premier League Cup.

Everton U21s played their first game at Walton Hall Park on Tuesday, when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the Premier League International Cup. 

With Premier League 2 games suspended during the World Cup in Qatar, resuming in the New Year, Everton will play all six of their group games in the Premier League Cup back to back during November and December. 

Ben Godfrey is in the side as his recovery from injury progresses,. Billy Crellin makes a rare start in goal. 

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Isaac Price put Everton ahead in the first half.  But Southampton came back to tie the game after the Blues had given the ball away in midfield. And Everton were behind when the same player rattled in another crisp finish by the statuesque Crellin flowing a slick series of passes in a swift forward move downfield for the Saints. 

Whitaker was the victim of a very heavy collision that might have done his knee in, and had to be substituted. Everton struggled to counter as Southampton took a firm grip on the tie, Seb Quirk getting a second yellow card near the end. Then, Isaac Price was shown a straight red, presumably for something he said to the referee.

Everton U21s: Crellin, Quintyne, I Samuels-Smith, Godfrey (57' Campbell), Anderson (83' Tierney), Quirk [Y:52';YR:88'], Kouyate (69' Heath), Price [R:90'], Okoronkwo, Whitaker (70' Djankpata), Hunt.
Subs not Used: Barrett.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 12/11/2022 at 09:47:01
Just seeing elsewhere that Everton U21s have been drawn to play Mansfield Town in Round 2 of the Papa John's EFL Trophy.

I think Everton ended up winning their group on goal-difference, so that should give them home advantage when they play this knock-out tie the week after next.

Phill Thompson
2 Posted 13/11/2022 at 11:58:48
Michael, this is on our YouTube channel. Godfrey is starting the first half, I’ll see if I can cutnpaste the team.
Phill Thompson
3 Posted 13/11/2022 at 11:59:57
The link


Phill Thompson
4 Posted 13/11/2022 at 12:01:06

The young Blues host Southampton at Walton Hall Park aiming to build momentum following Wednesday night's 2-1 victory PL International Cup win over French giants Paris St Germain.

A brace from Tom Cannon – 24 hours after making his senior debut for the Club – was enough to seal a fine win for Paul Tait's team.

Our coverage of Sunday's game begins just before kick-off at midday (GMT). Watch via the player below or on YouTube here!

Phill Thompson
6 Posted 13/11/2022 at 12:30:00
Great strike from Isaac Price, 1-0, 25 mins after Southampton being perhaps better team
Phill Thompson
7 Posted 13/11/2022 at 12:50:56
Halftime 1-0
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 13/11/2022 at 12:57:27
Not a bad game but it’s to hard to make out the play with a 4inch x 2inch screen on my IPad even using a magnifying glass, Samuels - Smith looks very good though and a well taken shot, for the goal by Price.
Phill Thompson
9 Posted 13/11/2022 at 13:17:05
Punished when we gave the ball away on the left 1-1
Tony Everan
10 Posted 13/11/2022 at 13:22:32
Gone a bit scrappy but good to see the lads attacking with some pace and most passes are positive and forwards. A good run out for Ben Godfrey, great to see him back fit and healthy.
Michael Kenrick
11 Posted 13/11/2022 at 13:24:49
Thanks, Phil, back late from walking the hound.

Why do you think they are playing in all-blue?

Phill Thompson
12 Posted 13/11/2022 at 13:29:20
1-2 16 year old Morgan with his second.
Michael #11, I believe they’re in all blue so they can’t be associated with the first team
Tony Everan
13 Posted 13/11/2022 at 13:34:14
Their forward player Jimmy Morgan really finished his chances well, looks a prospect . Put him on the possibilities for poaching list Mr Thelwell. It’s not like something Southampton would do it to us is it ?
Tony Everan
14 Posted 13/11/2022 at 13:43:04
Great cross from Quirk, Price just has to nod it home from six yards out unchallenged. He can’t believe he’s missed it.
Phill Thompson
15 Posted 13/11/2022 at 14:03:37
Final score 1-2 with two red cards Quirk and Price in final minutes. A disappointing result there and in truth we were very much stop start and second best. But it’s more transition as we move out the better older players and we finished with 6 u18s on the pitch. Mind you Saints had a talented young team too.
Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 13/11/2022 at 14:07:46
Tony (14), yes great pass by Quirk to Price, who knew he should have better with his header.

Price should have been more disciplined with his reaction to the referee but he had just seen Seb Quirk receive his second yellow and sent off while he was man handled by two players and the referee allowed play to carry on, most of these referees,no matter what league they apply their trade,have no dads!!

Tony Everan
17 Posted 13/11/2022 at 20:00:34
Dave, Phill.

Seb Quirk today I thought played well until he lost the plot with his two footed challenge. The lad is getting stronger and has a presence on the pitch.

I'd like to see a bit more of Isaac Heath too, only came on as sub but covers the ground really well and looks very balanced and agile. Need to see more of his technical ability. Have you seen much of him?

Tony Abrahams
18 Posted 13/11/2022 at 20:11:55
Seb Quirk is 21 next month Tony, and should already be out on loan imo mate. I'd love the kid to make it, his dad is a childhood friend, and was a very good player himself, and the kid has also got some football pedigree on his mums side, because his uncle (mum's brother) was also a very good player.

I watched Morecambe playing Portsmouth in a League One fixture yesterday, and I watched the last 10 minutes of Everton's Under-21 game today, and the football was like night and day.

Two sendings off makes it sound competitive, but I think anyone with promise should already be playing competitive senior football by the time they are 20 years of age; otherwise, I'm not sure they are genuinely getting helped to develop? Especially someone like Seb Quirk, who definitely looks like he's more than capable physically.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 13/11/2022 at 20:39:27
Tony (17), Yes I thought Quirk had a good game, in fact he’s had a good season and that tackle was out of character to the ad’s game, I’ve only seen Heath in patches but he had a nice style about him when he came on today with his dribbling, passing and he has a bit of pace.

Tony (18)Yes I see what you mean about competitive football, I watched Ipswich the other night in a cup game against a non league team and Birmingham v Sunderland in a league one game and they were both men’s games,without a great deal of skill and very rough to play in but young players would learn about the dark arts of the game while, hopefully,learning to look after yourself.

Todays game,despite the sendings off was mostly a timid affair and any sort of tackling ends with a referees whistle and a foul given.

Tony Everan
20 Posted 13/11/2022 at 21:31:42
Tony, yes he is getting on a bit now ! I didn’t realise he was almost 21 , Physically he looks like he could handle a lower league loan, maybe even thrive on it. I enjoyed today that he was passing with good pace on the ball, with accuracy most of the time and looking to pass it forward too. It’s something that has been lacking with the first team.

Dave thanks, It will be good to see if he can break in as a starter and how he gets on over the next year or two.

Phill Thompson
21 Posted 13/11/2022 at 21:51:00
Tony E#17, Seb Quirk for me has been one of the most improved players this season, yeah he has been around a while and he seemed to be hanging on in by his fingertips. I think we made a big mistake a couple of seasons ago trying to turn him into a right back, he was continually out of position and beaten for pace. Now he’s back in midfield he’s improved a lot. I can’t see him going on loan as I believe he’s out of contract next June, and I don’t see him as a long term prospect with us. I do think though that he’s shown enough this season to maybe get a contract with a League 2/ League 1 club.

Great credit to Paul Tait for getting the most out of him.

The bits I’ve seen of Isaac Heath have been promising.He was highly touted about 18 months ago, when he looked like a small , nippy midfield dynamo , capable of dribbling his way out of trouble . Then he didn’t seem to progress much last season . It’s good to see him getting game time at u21

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