David Unsworth's men sat third in the group coming into the evening and had to take all three points to stand a chance of progressing to the last eight.
They made the perfect start, going ahead in the ninth minute through Callum Connolly's strike but spurned an opportunity to make it 2-0 when Harry Charsley was fouled in the box.
Jonjoe Kenny's penalty was saved to keep the score at 1-0 and the visitors capitalised, levelling the scores shortly before the break through Inigo Cordoba.
Everton pushed for a winner in the second half but saw their chances of progressing ended when Bilbao took the lead inside the last ten minutes, Unai Nunez converting to make it 2-1.
Everton U23: Renshaw, Kenny, Jones, Browning, Connolly, Davies, Grant (82' Evans), Dyson (60' Henen), Dowell, Charsley, Niasse (60' C Duffus).
Subs not Used: Hunt, Feeney, Baningime, Robinson.
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1 Posted 21/12/2016 at 19:26:13
Hope the young'ens can progress tonight great start. COYB.
2 Posted 21/12/2016 at 20:02:11
Think these are the games they need to shine in to get people to take notice.
Good luck, lads.
3 Posted 21/12/2016 at 21:31:45
4 Posted 21/12/2016 at 21:39:49
5 Posted 21/12/2016 at 22:30:52
I'm of the opinion that there's a few in the U23s that have the potential to step up: Davies, Browning, Walsh, Dowell and Kenny. If just two of those make it, that's a good return.
6 Posted 21/12/2016 at 23:19:06
7 Posted 22/12/2016 at 03:26:12
8 Posted 22/12/2016 at 08:57:04
Listening to TalkSport and 5Live, most of the ex-pros and coaches of youth football all agree it needs changing. Its the reason why so many Premier League clubs where all in favour of a "B" team in the lower leagues, to give their young players a better chance of developing by playing more competitive football every week.
9 Posted 22/12/2016 at 09:09:17
I mentioned Walsh's injury a couple of weeks ago and there is still no mention of the extent of the injury, not a dickie bird. If they are not in the first team squad, they do not exist.
10 Posted 22/12/2016 at 14:03:00
The unsettling truth is that all academies stock pile their 'youth' teams with average players who are there only to make up the numbers for the very few who are deemed to be gifted and may make the grade.
The 'star' players need these other players to learn the game and develop their skills.
This unfortunately leads to the dreams of many a youngster on the scrap heap believing that they missed their calling when the reality is that they never stood much of a chance in the first place.
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