3 - 0 scoreline was harsh...
The scoreline was unfair on the Blues who held their own until the final moments of the first half when Sanchez Watt converted a dubiously awarded penalty. The same played then stepped up at the death to convert again from the spot.
And in injury time sub Kyle Ebecilio stole in to make it three.
George Green had gone close to a second half leveller for the Toffees who fought manfully up the Underhill slope after half time.
Predictably it was Arsenal who had most of the possession early on but to Everton's credit they had little to show for it.
The Blues were dogged in midfield, hassling and harrying their cosmopolitan counterparts.
Indeed, it was the visitors who had the first efforts on goal as John Lundstram sent a volley off target and Magaye Gueye smashed an effort just over.
Both those chances came as a result of the fast feet of Green and the diminutive youngster was proving a thorn in the Gunners' side.
He sent his own effort off target shortly after Hallam Hope had blocked a clearance back towards the Arsenal goal that James Shea had to tip round the post.
The home side did start to carve out some chances as the half went on with Chuks Aneke inches over from a free kick and Martin Angha drilling wide from 20 yards.
The breakthrough came in the final minute of the half in controversial fashion. Tyias Browning was adjudged to have fouled Jernade Meade as the winger burst into the box and Watt was unerring from 12 yards.
With the famous Underhill slope to their advantage after the break Arsenal had all guns blazing.
Aneke headed over early, Meade struck the post and a brilliant sprawling save from Mateusz Taudul temporarily deprived Watt of a second.
The Polish keeper then denied Craig Eastmond one-on-one as Everton clung on.
They weathered that storm though and midway through the half Green extended Shea with a low left-foot effort which was tipped away for a corner.
That spurred the Blues on and Hope was denied a penalty late on with boss Alan Stubbs livid on the touchline.
In the end it was another spot kick for Arsenal which settled it, with Watt converting again after Taudul had fouled Meade.
With pretty much the last kick of the game Ebecilio drove into the box and slotted past Taudul to make it 3-0.
Green (85' Long),
Kelly (55' Jones).
Subs not Used: Springhtorpe, Forrester, Touray.
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447 Posted 03/09/2012 at 18:26:28
461 Posted 03/09/2012 at 19:26:26
475 Posted 03/09/2012 at 20:19:54
485 Posted 03/09/2012 at 20:58:06
Barkley played the whole game and yet there was no mention of him at all in the match report. If he wants to break into the first team he surely needs to be running things at this level. Maybe a loan is needed.
Apparently our best player was the young George Green. Another one to watch. Though maybe Alan Stubbs is not the man to develop our youth, they seem to have gone backwards a bit in the last 2 years.
503 Posted 03/09/2012 at 22:37:28
519 Posted 04/09/2012 at 00:25:33
520 Posted 04/09/2012 at 00:14:35
I reallly would love 10, just 10 minutes alone with David Moyes — just and only just to talk about the youth/reserves to gleen from him how these guys are really progressing and why they get virtually no 'air' time so to speak.
I watched McAleny in the American pre-season matches last year, and the blink and miss it 5 mins against Arsenal — this kid looks bloody sharp. Junior when he played in this pre-season, had the Sky reporter in raptures, touting him as the best player on the pitch! (I forget which match now.)
So why is Anichebe brought out to repeatedly die the fuckin 'Wickerman's death' all the bloody time — while these guys are kept at Finch Farm in their underground lock-ups???
550 Posted 04/09/2012 at 07:40:10
How can a team that was so good in u18s be so bad 2 years later...with these results their progression will be curtailed massively. Oh sorry, I forgot being put in my place last week here by being told coaching doesn't matter and talent always shines through.
552 Posted 04/09/2012 at 07:49:22
The only ones who seem to improve are the ones who go out on loan, but the crop at finch farm don't really seem to be getting any closer to the first team. Though I suppose that could be due to the improved nature of our first team squad.
553 Posted 04/09/2012 at 07:51:14
Green does sound promising according to the reports but I'm starting to get concerned about Barkley. For a player so highly recommended, he should be dictating these games. First-teamer Gueye should also be performing better in a U-21 league.
554 Posted 04/09/2012 at 07:52:49
582 Posted 04/09/2012 at 11:31:14
585 Posted 04/09/2012 at 11:44:35
So far our "golden age" is looking like scrap metal... but I don't believe its the players.. I honestly don't.
621 Posted 04/09/2012 at 17:05:46
622 Posted 04/09/2012 at 17:06:53
630 Posted 04/09/2012 at 17:42:09
682 Posted 04/09/2012 at 19:35:00
James Shea 21
Hector Bellerin 17
Martin Angha 18
Ignasi Miquel (c) 21
Elton Monteiro 18
Craig Eastmond 21
Thomas Eisfeld 19
Nico Yennaris 19
Jernade Meade 19
Chuks Aneke 19
Sanchez Watt 21
So clearly the Arsenal side are a lot more experienced and older (I know at 18 you are an adult, but there is a big physical difference between an 18 and a 21 year old). If Shay, Miquel, Eastmond and Watt were at Everton and not getting first team games we'd be wondering what they were still doing at the club (see Wallace and Baxter - both younger than those 4 players at 20).
Incidently, Bellarin (the one youngster they do have) was bought from Barcelona in the summer.
Not making excuses - just putting things into perspective. Can we stop expecting all of our players to be superstars by the time they are 16?
710 Posted 04/09/2012 at 20:41:11
905 Posted 05/09/2012 at 16:45:50
172 Posted 07/09/2012 at 10:18:15
Also a bunch of decent players have been let go, they were older than these guys but were deemed not good enough. Baxter and Wallace will come good at some point, the problem is we need a new coaching staff. 10 years and only Rooney to show for it. When will Moyes invest in his coaching staff I ask?
182 Posted 07/09/2012 at 09:35:57
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