Everton U21s beat Dinamo Zagreb at Walton Hall Park

08/02/2023 7comments  |  Jump to last

Everton U21s beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 tonight in the Premier League International Cup at Walton Hall Park with goals from Okoronkwo and Kouyate.

Everton had impressive wins over Braga, Hertha Berlin and Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the season to sit atop Group B and carried on their excellent form with this performance tonight in the final group game.

The opening goal came 7 minutes after the half-time interval. Liam Higgins played a delicious cross into the Zagreb penalty area and Okoronkwo was never likely to spurn the chance.

On 72 minutes, Head Coach Paul Tait brought on Katia Kouyate to replace Francis Okoronkwo and within 30 seconds the substitute found the net. He picked the ball up on the right flank and skipped inside before planting an excellent finish. 

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Everton U21s: Leban, Higgins (81'Maher), Hunt, John [Y:87'], Campbell, I Samuels-Smith, Heath, Bates, Okoronkwo (70' Kouyate [Y:81']), Price, Apter (74' Mallon).

Subs not Used: Barrett


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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 08/02/2023 at 21:08:00
Everton U21s beat Dynamo Zagreb 2-0 tonight at Walton Hall Avenue with goals from Orononko and Kuayte.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 08/02/2023 at 21:28:29
Thanks, Dave, dunno how I missed this one.
Robert Tressell
3 Posted 08/02/2023 at 21:31:26
I haven't caught any games at this level for a while - but I've always liked Okoronkwo. And was pleased to see Kouyate had developed as a footballer more last time I saw him. Good to see them both on the scoresheet again.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 08/02/2023 at 21:38:24
Michael (2),

I don't think Everton advertised this game very much, might have gone myself as I only live five minutes walk from the ground, according to one fan who went I didn't miss much.

By the way, Branthwaite scored two early goals for his Dutch club tonight.

Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 08/02/2023 at 22:37:30
Yea, Dave. I had seen it noted somewhere a few weeks ago but I didn't put it on my Calendar.

At least the Official Website gave match details and line-ups for this one – unlike the Lancashire Senior Cup game at Barrow last night (U18s).

A date for your diary: 28 February – Marine vs Everton U18s; Liverpool Senior Cup Quarter-Final, kick-off 7:45 pm. I'll be looking out for your text updates!

And yes, I think we might need a story on Branthwaite, given those goals and the very unwelcome rumoured interest by the circling vultures.

Dupont Koo
6 Posted 08/02/2023 at 23:57:03
Dinamo Zagreb has been the backbone of the Croat National Team for years (Modric is an alum!) and is never afraid of fast tracking youngsters to the First Team. Thus I wonder that this version is more like a U18 or U17 setup, which might also suggest why it appeared our lads handled them more easily compared to PSG & Hertha.
Phill Thompson
7 Posted 09/02/2023 at 13:04:03
Michael, I put something in the u18 report, mention of this game was confined to a sentence at the end of the last club u21 report, hopeless aren’t we.

As we’ve won all four Group games and have the best record across all three groups we’ll likely get a home draw in the knock out round of eight teams. I’m not sure when the draw is being made.

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