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Everton Under-23s, 2017-18

Everton's fortified second string defend their Premier League 2 crown

Under-23s, 2018-19 »

[History of Everton Reserves]

Everton's Under-23s largely represent the end product of the renowned Everton Academy at Finch Farm which has produced a number of players now on the threshold of breaking into the Blues' first team. As of 2016, they play in the FA Premier League 2 as one of 12 teams in Division 1.

Everton will also be one of the Premier League teams entering teams into the Checkatrade Trophy alongside the senior sides from Football League One and League Two.

· Results & Fixtures A record of Everton's Under-23 matches for the season
· League Table Current standings in Premier League 2
· Match Details Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
· Appearances A table of Under-23 appearances for all senior players
· Friendlies Results from Under-23 pres-season / friendly matches

Everton Under-23s will split their home matches between the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport and Goodison Park this season. A new mini-stadium at the club's Halewood training complex is still under construction.


FIXTURES AND RESULTS, 2017-18

Under-23 Competitive Games All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Comp
Fri 11 Aug West Ham United (A) 0 - 0   Vicrtoria Ground PL2:1
  Tue 15 Aug Notts County (A)   1 - 2 Donkor Meadow Lane CT: G.1
  Fri 18 Aug Leicester City (H)   0 - 1   Haig Avenue PL2:2
  Fri 25 Aug Chelsea (A)   3 - 0 Colley (og), Baningime, Niasse Aldershot PL2:3
  Sun 10 Sep Tottenham Hotspur (H)   4 - 1 Niasse 2, Lookman, Henen Goodison Park PL2:4
  Mon 18 Sep Derby County (A)   1 - 0 Charsley Pride Park PL2:5
  Mon 25 Sep Arsenal (H)   4 - 2 Donkor, Olowu (og), Evans, Henen Southport PL2:6
  Mon 9 Oct Portsmouth (A)   2 - 1 Broadhead, Lavery Westleigh Park PLC:F.1
  Fri 13 Oct Manchester City (A)   3 - 0 Sambou, Garbutt, Henen City Academy Stadium PL2:7
  Fri 20 Oct Sunderland (H)   0 - 1   Finch Farm PL2:8
  Tue 24 Oct Lincoln City (A)   1 - 2 Adenrian Sincil Bank CT:G.2
  Fri 27 Oct Swansea City (A)   2 - 1 Garbutt, Lavery Landor Training Centre PL2:9
  Tue 31 Oct Mansfield Town (A)   0 - 1   Field Mill CT:G.3
  Sat 18 Nov Liverpool (A)   0 - 4   Prenton Park PL2:10
  Mon 27 Nov Manchester United (H)       Merseyrail Stadium PL2:11
  Fri  1 Dec Leicester City (H)         PLC:F.2
  Tue  5 Dec Derby County (A)       iPro Stadium  
  Mon 11 Dec Leicester City (A)         PL2:12
  Fri 15 Dec Dinamo Zagreb (H)          
  Mon 18 Dec West Ham United (H)         PL2:13
               

U23 Pre-Season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Sat  8 Jul Flint Town United (A)  6 - 1 Duffus, Feeney, Mathis 2, Dyson 2    
  Wed 12 Jul Burscough (A)   P - P Postponed    
  Sat 15 Jul Accrington Stanley (A)   3 - 3 Henen, Bowler, Bramall    
  Sat 22 Jul Hull City U23s (N)   4 - 2 Broadhead, Grant, Henen, Donkor    
  Sat  5 Aug Bangor City (A)   2 - 0 Sambou, Garbutt    
  Tue  8 Aug Brentford (H)   3 - 4 Broadhead 2, Donkor Finch Farm  

(F) denotes Friendly fixture
(TF) denotes Friendly tournament fixture
(XI) denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the first team)
SCNI denotes SuperCupNI (formerly, the Milk Cup)
LSC denotes a tie in the Liverpool Senior Cup
LaSC denotes a tie in the Lancashire Senior Cup


FA Premier League 2, Division 1

Starting in 2016-17, the U21 Premier League (which itself replaced the old Reserves league that stretched back to an age that pre-dated the formation of the Football League in 1888) was renamed Premier League 2 which operates on the same two-division format of 12 teams each but the age limit was raised to 23.

Each team can field a goalkeeper over the age limit and up to three ‘over-age’ outfield players in every match.


2017-18 Format

Division 1 Division 2
Arsenal Aston Villa
Chelsea Blackburn Rovers
Derby County Brighton & Hove Albion
Everton Fulham
Leicester City Middlesbrough
Manchester City Newcastle United
Manchester United Norwich City
Liverpool Swansea City
Reading Stoke City
Sunderland Watford
Southampton West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers

Clubs play each other once at home and once away, with the top team in Division 1 named as Champions. The bottom two teams in Division 1 get relegated to Division 2.

In Division 2, the league winners get automatic promotion to Division 1; teams ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th go into a promotion play-off. There is no relegation from Division 2.

 

Premier League International Cup

2014-15 saw the introduction of The Premier League International Cup —  with invited European sides competing in a four-group tournament.  In 2017-18, Everton will be entering an U23 side into the Premier League International Cup, in a tournament alongside Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, Wolfsburg and Benfica that was won last season by Villarreal, who will be looking to retain their trophy in the forthcoming competition. This season, the number of teams participating in the International Cup has been increased from 16 to 24. 

The format of the International Cup, which will take place solely in England, will see 24 clubs - 12 from England and the other half from the continent - competing in six groups of four teams with each side playing each other once. There will be two representatives from Europe and two from England in every group, with the top club in each plus the two best placed runners-up advancing to the knockout stages of the competition. 

The Premier League International Cup permits three over-aged players in addition to an over-aged goalkeeper . Clubs entering this season’s Premier League International Cup:

Premier League 2 clubs: Aston Villa, Chelsea, Derby County, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Reading, Sunderland, Swansea City. 

Invited international clubs: Athletic Club, Benfica, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Feyenoord, Hertha Berlin, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Sparta Prague, Valencia, Villarreal, Wolfsburg. 

This season, Everton are in Group C with Derby County, Dinamo Zagreb, and Wolfsburg.

The Premier League Cup

As well as their involvement in the Premier League 2 and the Premier League International Cup in coming season, the U23 side will once again be competing in the Premier League Cup which will be changing its format for 2017-18. 

The competition will be in a ‘Champions League’ style with a group stage followed by a Round of 16 knockout for the teams that progress through the groups.   

The Checkatrade Trophy

16 invited Academy teams have been confirmed for the 2017-18 Checkatrade Trophy, with newcomers Fulham, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur joining Everton and other Category One development sides playing against professionals senior sides from League One and League Two.

The full list of invited Under-21 sides is as follows:

Brighton and Hove Albion, Reading, Chelsea, Southampton, Everton, Stoke City, Fulham, Sunderland ,Leicester City, Swansea City, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, West Ham United.

The invited teams were selected based on their final league position at the end of the 2016-17 season. The first 16 were invited to take part, and then subsequent teams with Category One Academy status invited as required.

The selection criteria for invited teams is ‘six players from the starting 11 must be under the age of 21 as of 30th June 2017.'

The teams play initially in a group format; Everton are in Group G where they will play Notts County, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town each once, all away from home.



The Liverpool Senior Cup

Everton's games in the 2017-18 Liverpool Senior Cup are also expected to be covered here. Some of the Under-23s may play in the FA Youth Cup too.


FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2, Division 1, 2017-18


Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Blackburn Res 19 7 5 7 39 38 1 26
2 Sunderland Res 19 6 6 7 29 27 2 24
3 Liverpool Res 18 5 7 6 23 24 -1 22
4 Everton Res 19 4 3 12 23 34 -11 15
5 Blackpool Res 19 4 2 13 23 49 -26 14

Under-23 Match Details, 2017-18

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-23 matches during the 2017-18 Season.

West Ham United 0 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #1
Friday 11 August 2017
Victoria Ground, Dagenham

Everton's second string kicked off their 2017-18 season with a goalless draw against West Ham Under-23s at Dagenham & Redbridge's Victoria Ground this evening.

Jonjoe Kenny was in the side, almost certainly ruling him out of any involvement with the first team tomorrow, along with Luke Garbutt and new signing Josh Bowler.

Anton Donkor was named among the substituted with the more experienced Conor Grant and up-and-coming striker Nathan Broadhead.

Broadhead would find himself in the action sooner than expected when Calum Dyson was forced off with an injury in the first half.

And after a goalless first period, in which Bowler had seen a shot blocked, Broadhead himself had to be substituted, replaced by Grant with Sambou left as a lone striker up front.

The 21-year-old's presence added to Everton's ability to control the midfield and they were in the driving seat as the second half progressed.

However, Michail Antonio tested Louis Gray with a strong shot from outside the box that then 'keeper was equal to.

Kenny came closer than anyone to breaking the deadlock when he rattled a shot off the post before Morgan Feeney's header was saved and Sambou came within inches of connecting with a ball in front of goal.

Conor Coventry was sent off for the home side as the game moved into stoppage time.

Everton U23s: Gray, Kenny, Jones, Garbutt (76' Donkor), Connolly, Baningime, Charsley, Feeney, Bowler, Dyson (16' Broadhead (46' Grant)), Sambou.
Subs not used: Renshaw, Foulds.


Everton 0 - 1 Leicester City

Premier League 2; Game #2
Friday 18 August 2017
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton Under-23s suffered their first Premier League 2 defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Leicester City at Haig Avenue in Southport.

The young Blues struggled to impose themselves on the game before half-time but threw everything they had at rescuing something from the contest after the break.

One of the changes David Unsworth made was to bring on Jose Baxter as a second-half substitute, who has not played for Everton for 5 years, as a significant step in rebuilding the player's career.

Bassala Sambou came closest with a header that narrowly missed the target — but Leicester clung on, with goalscorer Knight capping a fine personal display with a brave block on substitute Jose Baxter's penalty-box drive in the game's final knockings.

Everton U23s: Gray; Kenny, Foulds, Baningime, Connolly; Gibson, Charsley, Walsh (62' Feeney), Sambou, Evans (55' Baxter), Donkor (55' Jones).
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Bowler.


Chelsea 0 - 3 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #3
Friday 25 August 2017
Aldershot

Everton U23s calked up their first win of the season, away to Chelsea. Goals came from Baningime and Niasse after a first-half own goal.

The hosts fielded Eden Hazard the their side at Aldershot's Recreation Ground tonight as he regains fitness.

However, it was the Blues of Everton who took the lead after 18 mins as Joseph Colley turned Liam Walsh's dangerous whipped cross into his own net!

Just before the hour mark Liam Walsh is the creator again as he teed up Baningime to drill the ball low to Bulka's right from the edge of box!

3 mins before the end, substitutes Gibson and Broadhead linked up well and Niasse slammed the ball into the roof of the net after his initial effort was parried by Bulka.

Broadhead produced one of the best moments of the game. The winger wriggled away from two markers down the Chelsea right, cut inside and let fly with an effort from 25 yards that smacked against the post.

Everton U23s: Gray, Jones, Foulds, Baningime, Feeney, Connolly, Charsley, Evans (75' Gibson), Walsh, Sambou (79' Broadhead), Niasse (90' Donkor).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.


Everton 4 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League 2; Game #4
Sunday 10 September 2017
Goodison Park

Everton U23s continued their Premier League 2 campaign with a fine 4-1 win against Spurs on Sunday.

The young Blues were ahead after just six minutes. Jonjoe Kenny played a neat one-two with Gethin Jones down the right and whipped over a cross that Niasse powerfully headed home to open the scoring.

A half of few chances saw neither goalkeeper seriously tested as the Toffees were resolute in their bid to hold off a Tottenham side looking for a way back into the game.

The visitors did, however, manage to level just minutes into the second half, as skipper Joe Pritchard saw a deflected strike beat Joel Robles and make it 1-1.

But Everton produced a dazzling six-minute spell that swept aside Spurs and confirmed all three points.

First Ademola Lookman took aim from 25 yards and arrowed a powerful effort into the top corner, before substitute David Henen teed up Niasse for his second.

The Senegalese striker then returned the favour as he slid a pass in for the young Belgian to pick his spot and beat Whiteman to make it four.

The Toffees were then happy to see the game out- although Niasse was denied a hat-trick late on — with the impressive Morgan Feeney marshalling a back four determined not to allow Spurs a glimmer of hope at a comeback.

Everton U23s: Robles, Kenny, Foulds (46' Henen), Baningime, Feeney, Gibson, Jones, Charsley (85' Bowler), Niasse, Adenrian (45' Evans), Lookman.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Sambou.


Derby County 1 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #5
Monday 18 September 2017
Goodison Park

A first-half goal by Harry Charsley gave David Unsworth's Everton Under-23s a 1-0 victory against Derby County at Pride Park this evening.

A young Toffees side had to work hard for the win against a far more experienced home team, who included no less than seven players with first-team experience in their starting line-up.

Everton moved the ball well in the opening period, with Dennis Adeniran particularly eye-catching in midfield with his strong running and accurate distribution.But Everton were restricted to long-range efforts during the early exchanges.

The Blues took the lead on 29 minutes when Harry Charsley found space inside the box before sliding home a typically neat finish.

Everton had to survive some Derby pressure in the closing minutes of the first period but the lead was almost doubled on the stroke of half-time when Adeniran curled a lovely shot just wide of the target.

The home side showed more of an attacking threat in the second 45 minutes but Everton defended resolutely to keep 17-year old goalkeeper, Joe Hilton, largely untroubled.

Indeed, an Everton foray forward almost created a second goal when a low effort from Antony Evans skidded off the rain-saturated surface and narrowly past the upright.

This was a fine win for the Blues and just reward for the gritty determination they showed to hang onto the lead as Derby pressed for an equaliser late on.

Everton U23s: Hilton, Jones, Garbutt, Baningime, Feeney, Gibson, Evans, Charsley, Sambou (73' Donkor), Adeniran (73' Foulds), Henen (80' Markelo).
Subs not used: Hansen, Broadhead.


Everton 4 - 2 Arsenal

Premier League 2; Game #6
Monday 25 September 2017
Meseyrail Community Stadium

Everton U23s beat Arsenal 4-2 in Premier League 2 in a match full of incident at the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport.

The Gunners scored early when Marcus McGuane fired a low shot past Joe Hilton in the Everton goal and the Blues tried to hit back but Harry Charsley shot into the side-netting and David Henen saw a low shot saved.

New signing Dennis Adeniran drove across goal Henen had a shot charged down before David Unsworth made two key changes at half time.

Bassala Sambou sent his fellow substitute Anton Donkor away down and he slotted the ball into the corner.

The celebrations were cut short when Gethin Jones had to be stretchered off with a suspected leg fracture but in his absence Everton turned the game on its head.

Luke Garbutt forced Joseph Olowu to head his corner past his own goalkeeper to make it 2-1m but Arsenal replied when Donkor fouled Dragomir and McGuane scored from the spot.

Undeterred, Antony Evans drove into the Gunners' area and squeeze an effort over the line and Henen wrapped things up with a fourth.

Scorers: Donkor (49'), Olowu (og:73'), Evans (82'), Henen (99')

Everton U23s: Hilton, Jones (67' Markelo), Feeney, Gibson, Garbutt, Evans, Baningime, Adeniran, Charsley (46'Sambou), Henen, Broadhead (46' Donkor). Subs not Used: Foulds, Hanson


Manchester City 0 - 3 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #7
Friday 13 October 2017
City Academy Stadium

Everton gave the home side a good lesson in confident, skilful and dominant football at the City Academy Stadium to defeat Manchester City by the handsome score of 3-0.

Jose Baxter featured again and was looking lively with an early shot that screwed wide.

The fist goal came when Henen chased down a ball over the top from Evans and beat his man to fire in on the keeper who could only parry it for Sambou to score with an easy tap-in.

The game was effectively won with a superb goal from Luke Garbutt just 2 minutes later, his brilliant free kick curled around the City wall and just inside the post. The left back was suitably mobbed by his teammates.

David Henen picked up a great pass from Sambou, took it forward shaking off two defenders to round the substitute 'keeper and slot home to seal Everton's dominance against the team they pipped for the title by just 3 pts last season.

Everton needed some good saves from Louis Gray in goal to keep the clean sheet.

Everton U23s Gray, Garbutt, Foulds, Feeney (c), Markelo, Evans, Baningime, Adenrian (77' Donkor), Henen (69' Broadhead), Baxter (65' Charsley), Sambou.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Ozounidis.

Everton 0 - 1 Sunderland

Premier League 2; Game #8
Friday 20 October 2017
Finch Farm

Everton's Under-23s missed the chance to go top of the Premier League 2 table today as they were beaten by a single Black Cats goal.

The Blues shaded a first half that featured few genuine chances, Luke Garbutt driving a shot wide and Harry Charsley forcing a save from goalkeeper James Talbot.

And David Unsworth's men remained in the ascendency after half time, with David Henen shooting over and Jose Baxter missing the target before Bassala Sambou missed the best chance thus far from four yards out.

Shane Lavery went close later in the second half but with five minutes to go, Luke Molyneux fired a solo effort past Joel Robles to score what would prove to be the winner.

Morgan Feeney had a couple of late headers that both missed the target as Everton searched for an equaliser that never came.

Everton U23s: Robles, Charsley, Garbutt, Baningime, Feeney (c), Foulds, Evans, Adeniran (34' Donkor), Sambou (70' Lavery), Henen, Baxter (70' Broadhead).
Subs not used: Gray, Markelo.


Swnasea City 1 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #9
Friday 27 October 2017
Landor Training Centre

Francis Jeffers got his first win as stand-in manager of Everton's Under-23 side thanks to Shane Lavery's late winner.

The Blues were trailing at the Landor Training Centre to Jordon Garrick's heavily-deflected shot when Luke Garbutt struck from the penalty spot to level the game.

The contest looked to be heading to a 1-1 draw as Brandon Cooper was sent off for a foul on Jose Baxter and the Everton man was forced off with an injury that also reduced the visitors to 10 men as Jeffers had used all his substitutes.

But Fraser Hornby found Lavery with a cross and the forward finished emphatically in stoppage time to hand the Blues the points.

Scorers: Garbutt (74'), Lavery (91')

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Charsley, Garbutt, Adeniran, Feeney, Foulds, Evans, Baxter [Y], Sambou (72' Hornby), Broadhead (71' Lavery), Bowler (76' Donkor).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Markelo.


Liverpool 4 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #10
Saturday 18 November 2017
Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Everton's Under-23s were well beaten by local rivals Liverpool

The game turned out to be a massive disappointment for Blues fans as a strong side were trounced 4-0 in the end.

Everton U23s: Gray, Charsley, Garbutt (82' Gibson), Baningime, Feeney (c), Foulds, Bowler (46' Hornby), Besic, Henen, Walsh, Vlasic.
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Adenrian.

Checkatrade Trophy, 2017-18


Notts County 2 - 1 Everton

Group G; Game #1
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Meadow Lane, Nottingham

The Blues struggled in the first half, conceding two goals at the break, but Anton Donkor came in and reduced the deficit after 56 mins. However, it wasn't enough and the Everton start the first of their three group games with a loss.

Everton U21/U23: Gray, Connolly, Garbutt, Jones, Charsley, Foulds, Grant, Baningime, Bowler, Feeney, Sambou.
Subs: Renshaw, Gibson, Denny, Bramall, Evans, Donkor, Broadhead.

Lincoln City 2 - 1 Everton

Group G; Game #2
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Sincil Bank

Everton U23s had Francis Jefers in charge for their Checkatrade Trophy clash against Lincoln City which the Imps won 2-1.

The former Blues striker was given the reins of the second string — which, per competition rules, was actually an Under-21 team — alongside Sean Lundon while David Unsworth and John Ebbrell prepared for the senior side's League Cup date with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt made his return to action following an ankle injury that has kept him out all season so far.

The Toffees got off to the worst possible start, falling behind to an early goal scored by Maguire-Drew. They fell further behind later in the half when Lincoln doubled their lead.

Everton gave themselves a lifeline, though, with a late goal in the second half that made it 2-1 but while they came close to levelling, they couldn't find a second goal.

Scorer: Adeniran (81').

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Adreniran, Garbutt, Charsley, Foulds, Sambou (76' Lavery), Feeney, Evans (63' Bowler), Broadhead (83' Donkor), Markelo, Baxter.
Subs not used: Byrne, Mathis, Hilton.


Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Everton

Group G; Game #2
Tuesday 31 October 2017
Field Mill

Everton U23s were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night following a 1-0 defeat at Mansfield Town last night.

Everton suffered the loss of Josh Bowler midway through the first half after he failed to recover from a poor challenge in the 4rth minute that saw Mansfield's Calum Butcher yellow-carded. After trying to run the injury off, Bowler was eventually replaced by Fraser Hornby.

A solitary second-half goal from defender Zander Diamond settled the issue but the young Blues can have few complaints about the outcome.

Everton U23s: Gray, Adeniran, Garbutt, Charsley, Foulds, Bowler (28' Hornby), Sambou (59' Lavery), Evans, Broadhead (82' Donkor), Markelo, Ouzounidis.
Subs not used: Hilton, Byrne, Mathis, Denny.


Premier League Cup, 2017-18


Portsmouth 1 - 2 Everton

Group F; Game #1
Monday 9 October 2017
Westleigh Park, Portsmouth

Shayne Lavery scored the winner as Everton's Under-23s got their Premier League Cup campaign off to a winning start.

Nathan Broadhead put the Blues ahead in the first half when he headed Luke Garbutt's left-wing cross home with 18 minutes left.

Theo Widdrington had Pompey's U23s level shortly afterwards from the penalty spot but when Antony Evans nodded another Garbutt cross back to Lavery, he rifled home to make it 2-1.

Everton U23s: Gray; Denny, Ouzounidis, Foulds; Markelo, Baningime (74' Evans), Baxter (c) (56' Lavery), Garbutt; Broadhead, Donkor (65' Byrne), Sambou.
Subs not used: Hilton, Henen.


Liverpool Senior Cup, 2017-18


TBC - Everton U23

 


Under-23 Appearances, 2017-18

Player League Apps (Sub) League
Goals


2017-18 Friendlies


Flint Town United 1 - 6 Everton U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #1
Saturday 8 July 2017
Flint

Boris Mathis bagged two goals as Everton Under-23s cruised to a comfortable 6-1 pre-season victory at Flint Town United on Saturday afternoon.
The 19-year-old French forward signed for the young Blues only earlier in the week, and took no time to get on the scoresheet, with Courtney Duffus, Morgan Feeney and Calum Dyson (2) also on target against the Welsh Alliance team currently managed by former Everton coach, Andy Holden.

Josh Bowler also made his first appearance in a royal blue jersey following his move from Queens Park Rangers on Friday, and it was the winger who was tripped inside the box in the 15th minute to give Everton a penalty. Conor Grant struck the spot-kick well but Nicky Bulmer in the Flint goal made a fine save.

The Blues took the lead in the 36th minute though, when Duffus produced an excellent half-volleyed finish from a pull-back by Antony Evans.
Boss David Unsworth made nine changes at half-time and the substitutes quickly put the outcome of the game to bed.

On the hour, Feeney was in the right place at the right time to plant a firm header past Bulmer, and then two minutes later Mathis rounded off an excellent Everton move by sliding in at the far post to poke the ball into the net.

Everton were very much in the ascendency in the north Wales sunshine and only smart saves by Bulmer to deny Dyson and Mathis prevented further goals. However, the keeper was helpless in the 78th minute when David Henen raced clear before slipping the ball into Dyson’s path for a simple tap-in.

The fifth goal was similar – Henen breaking away down the left and squaring the ball for Dyson to convert again. The Flint consolation came in the 88th minute. After the Blues’ fifth goal, the home side kicked off and, from the halfway line. Phil Doran fired a superb left-foot shot over a stranded Louis Gray and into the Everton net.

Mathis completed the scoring in stoppage- time with a neat finish. Another plus note on a very satisfying afternoon for Unsworth was the second-half appearance of Sam Byrne for his first taste of action since suffering a broken leg last year.

Everton U23s: Renshaw, Bramall, Garbutt, Denny, Foulds, Markelo, Charsley, Grant, Evans, Duffus, Bowler.
Subs: Gray, Robinson, Feeney, Byrne, Beningime, Henen, Donkor, Mathis, Dyson, Broadhead.


Accrington Stanley 3 - 3 Everton U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #2
Saturday 15 July 2017
Accrington

David Unsworth took his Under-23 side to Accrington Stanley this afternoon. The U-23s led with goals from David Henen and new signing, Josh Bowler just before the break but fell behind and needed Bramall's shot to level the scores.

The home side — including their new signing from Dunfermline, Ben Richards-Everton! — took the lead from the penalty shot after Renshaw pulled down their trialist and Billy Kee fired home. But the Blues turned things around before half-time, with goals form David Henen and Josh Bowler.

A slick move down the left saw Antonee Robinson's cross slotted home first time by Henen. The second Everton goal again came down the left 2 mins later and the new signing from QPR, Josh Bowler, calmly slotted the ball home from inside the area after a Donkor effort.

Alex Denny came on for the second half, replacing Morgan Feeney at centre-back. Unsworth then made a slew of changes just after the hour mark, using all the remaining eight substitutes. And in the confusion as the changes tried to settle, the Blues conceded a second goal, nodded in at the back post off a free-kick.

That was soon followed by another goal for the home side, Clark's free kick causing chaos. It looked like an own goal in the end, perhaps in off Denny. But substitute Danny Bramall then converted a cross from the left to level the scores again at 3-3, and that's how it finished. Some fine entertainment for the crowd of 1,073.

Everton U-23s: Renshaw, Jones (62' Bramall), Robinson (62' Garbutt), Baningime (62' Broadhead), Feeney (46' Denny), Foulds, Bowler (62' Markelo), Grant (62' Mathis), Sambou (62' Charsley), Henen (62' Evans), Donkor (62' Dyson).
Subs: (All Used)


Everton U23s 4 - 2 Hull City U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #3
Saturday 22 July 2017
La Manga

Everton Under-23s rounded off their pre-season training camp in Spain with a 4-2 win over Hull City on Saturday morning.

The Young Blues had been in the La Manga region since Sunday evening as they looked to reach peak fitness after early summer games against Flint and Accrington Stanley.

And courtesy of goals from Nathan Broadhead, Conor Grant, David Henen and Anton Donkor, a deserved victory showcased they were looking in great shape ahead of their Premier League 2 title defence.

In sweltering conditions that offered no clouds or breeze for shelter from the glaring sun, David Unsworth's side sustained an electric tempo from the first whistle to the last.

The opening chance came as early as the second minute as Calum Dyson played a precise reverse pass to put Antony Evans through on goal, but the keeper was out fast and able to block his shot.

Evans, impressive throughout his 50-minute outing, then turned architect as the Blues went 1-0 up. Receiving the ball on halfway, his cutting pass brought Broadhead in off the right and the Wales youth international slotted low into the far corner.

A deserved lead after a fast start of intent pressing and intricate play. Midfielder Grant then saw a shot saved before another deflected wide, but he would have the ball in the net on 13 minutes.

A short corner was eventually floated in and after Hull were unable to clear it out of the box, the ball dropped to Grant to drill home.

Dyson and Broadhead were then involved once more to help tee up Evans but again the goalkeeper was alert. A further save denied Harry Charsley, while Dyson headed narrowly over from an Evans cross.

Shortly before the interval, Evans was brought down inside the box but the referee waved play on. In truth, the Blues could have been ahead by far more than just the two goals after 45 minutes.

The second half started with the same veracity and Evans spurned a chance from close range, before he expertly found Gethin Jones surging forward on the right. The full-back's cross was an inch too high for Dyson.

Charsley then found the net with a calm finish but was adjudged to have been offside, but it wouldn't be long before a third goal was given. Donkor passed to Henen outside of the box and the Belgian's low drive had too much pace on it for the Tigers' stopper to keep out.

Bassala Sambou then headed against the post from a Luke Garbutt cross, before Grant seized possession and played a neat through pass to the Germany-born striker but his shot found the wrong side of the net.

Hull, who did not give Mateusz Hewelt a single save to make, were gifted a goal with 23 minutes left to play after a mix-up at the back.

Josh Bowler showed his threat by winning a free-kick. Grant's delivery went towards Sambou and Morgan Feeney at that back post but neither could convert.

The Tigers then saw a long-range drive hit the angle of crossbar and post before Hewelt was unable to hold on to a low cross and the loose ball was struck into the back of the net.

Moments before the end, the on-loan Donkor intercepted a pass, charged forward with the ball at speed and scored with a powerful drive.

A well-earned victory in tough conditions. The Young Blues will head home in 24 hours before looking to continue their unbeaten summer run with upcoming friendlies against Bangor City and Brentford.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Jones (64' Bramall), Denny, Foulds (64' Feeney), Garbutt (64' Robinson), Baningime (61' Markelo), Grant (76' Byrne), Broadhead (55' Bowler), Evans (50' Henen), Charsley (55' Donkor), Dyson (50' Sambou).


Everton U23s 3 - 4 Brentford U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #5
Tuesday 8 August, 2017
Finch Farm

Everton U23s lost their final pre-season friendly by the odd goal in seven to a strong Brentford B side at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday.

Jack Kiersey's square pass on 21 minutes allowed Nathan Broadhead to score from 12 yards out and level for the Blues to cancel out Theo Archibald's opener for the Bees.

Pawel Zuk went close for Everton shortly before half time as did Sam Byrne early in the second half but Michael Forss then put Brentford back into the lead and Zain Westbrooke extended it via a free-kick from the edge of the box.

On loan winger Anton Donkor made it 2-3 before Danny Bramall set up Broadhead for his second to restored parity again at 3-3.

It was the visitors who finished the stronger, however, as Herson Alves struck the winner.


Bangor City 0 -2 Everton U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #4
Saturday 5 August, 2017

David Unsworth's young Blues beat Bangor City 2-0 thanks to goals by Bassala Sambou and Luke Garbutt.

A team featuring several summer signings, including Josh Bowler and Lewis Gibson, along with Swansea City target Callum Connolly controlled the game against the Welsh club.

It was striker Sambou who scored first, though, just before half time before Garbutt added the second via the penalty spot midway through the second period.

Everton U23s:Gray, Jones, Garbutt, Baningime, Connolly, Gibson, Bowler, Charsley, Sambou, Evans, Dyson.
Subs: Foulds, Renshaw, Feeney, Grant, Broadhead, Markelo, Donkor.

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