Jonjoe Kenny's stoppage-time penalty gave Everton Under-23s a late victory in their Premier League Cup opener against Wolves, with Oumar Niasse missing an open goal.
The match was played on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park, but with little prior publicity and a sparse crowd as a result.
David Henen had the first chance, but his effort flew over before the Belgian turned creator and Oumar Niasse tapped home for the third U23 game in succession. However, the linesman's flag was raised for offside.
The best chance of the game fell to Oumar Niasse in the second half but he could only strike the crossbar with an effort from close range.
Still 0-0 late into stoppage time, a handball in the Wolves area saw captain Jonjoe Kenny fire home a very late penalty to give the Blues first blood in Group D, with their future opponents Norwich and Portsmouth drawing 0-0.
Everton U23s: Hewelt; Kenney, Jomes, Walsh, Feeney, Connally, Dowell, J Williams, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Henen.
Subs: Gray, Robinson, C Duffus, Dyson, Charsley.
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1 Posted 02/10/2016 at 23:13:30
I laughed a lot at this!
Good win though lads. Anyone seen David Henen play? Any good?
2 Posted 03/10/2016 at 08:53:19
I am not a fan of Henen; he has pace but I don't think he has the skills to beat good defenders. We brought him to the academy because we didn't have any wide players coming through. He didn't tear up the place when on loan at Fleetwood last year and I don't see a future for him in our first-team.
Dom Calvert-Lewin played across the front line and looked very good; elegant and skilful but prepared to fight for the ball. I thought Kieran Dowell was our most dangerous player. A few times he received an awkward ball while running at pace and he controlled it in one and put a player into space with his next touch. He runs well with the ball and shoots when he gets the chance. He looks strong enough now for the Premier League and his presence on the bench will soon be keeping Ross on his toes.
It was great to see Joe Williams back playing; he's so whole-hearted and he and Liam Walsh constantly drive the team forward. Liam was lucky not to get sent off when stopping one breakaway. Central defender Feeney was also very impressive. He is just never beaten down the middle or when pulled out wide.
3 Posted 03/10/2016 at 09:11:38
4 Posted 03/10/2016 at 09:24:23
6 Posted 03/10/2016 at 09:28:52
ToffeeWeb did say last year they would publicise the games beforehand but they have only done that once to my knowledge. Perhaps crowds will improve when we don't have the horrors of having to play games at Southport.
7 Posted 03/10/2016 at 09:33:53
The club are quick to email said seasos as a cup game looms, but never to let you know when a reserve game featuring our up-and-coming youngsters are playing. Too much hassle to open a stand or two, or put a couple of gate men in place, I wonder...
8 Posted 03/10/2016 at 09:35:39
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11 Posted 03/10/2016 at 11:12:52
Then we have many wondering why hardly any players make it from the lower ranks and many more wondering why having seen him play, Niasse was signed.
Could it be that the U23s (with maybe the odd exception) The Competition itself and Niasse are just not up to it?
12 Posted 03/10/2016 at 16:38:24
I don't suppose you made a note of the subs? Seems Courtney Duffus, Antonee Robinson, and either Callum Dyson or Harry Charsley came on in the second half, and Niasse was hauled off, but I can't find confirmation anywhere. And who they replaced???
13 Posted 03/10/2016 at 19:22:15
Duffus was a straight replacement for Niasse, Robinson replaced Henen and played at left back which involved Jones moving to the right wing from left-back. Charsley was a straight replacement for Williams.
14 Posted 03/10/2016 at 19:29:28