Everton Under-18s had a torrid time of it in the Texas sunshine today, crashing 5-0 to hosts FC Dallas in the U19 opener for this year's prestigious youth tournament.
On 18 minutes, Dallas opened the scoring — Ben Pierce brilliantly denied Jesus Ferreira Castro but Shaft Brewer was on hand to tap the ball into an empty net.
Everton were struggling to mount any kind of assault of their own, but did briefly threaten in the first half as Delial Brewster almost turned in Alex Denny's header back across goal, then Daniel Bramall blasted over the bar.
But Paxton Pomykal made it two when side-footing a volley into the bottom corner on 37 minutes, leaving it 2-0 at the interval.
Further goals followed after the break. Brecc Evans netted from close range, before Aldo Quevedo and Castro struck in quick succession to make it five. There is video of it here on Facebook, with sound but no commentary:
https://www.facebook.com/DallasCup/videos/10155307598171155/There are text up[dates from the game here: http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2017/04/09/live-blog-u19s-v-fc-dallas
Everton XI: Pierce, Yates, Morris, Lees, Collins, Denny, Harrington, Bramall (76' Scully), Warren (68' Duke-McKenna), Moore, Brewster (68' Virtanen).
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1 Posted 09/04/2017 at 23:18:59
2 Posted 09/04/2017 at 23:31:13
3 Posted 10/04/2017 at 01:08:58
4 Posted 10/04/2017 at 02:23:07
Their two main goalscorers, Fraser Hornby and Shayne Lavery (20 goals between them), both disappeared around January/February 2017, with Beni Baningime and Morgan Fenney getting promoted to the U23s. Anthony Evans (with 5) has also gone out on loan.
The wheels do seem to be coming a little bit wobbly... that's four straight losses... 12 goals unanswered.
5 Posted 10/04/2017 at 15:06:27
This season, the last few years U18s seem to be coming together in the U23s and are on fire as we all know. so it makes sense we have a lean year at U18s.
If we just wanted to achieve "success" at this level, the U23s would still have the likes of Ledson, and Davies would be playing in this tournament.
What's happened to Hornby and Lavery, Michael? Are they Injured?
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