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|Fixtures and Results||Team Details and Match Reports|
|« Youth Cup, 1996-97|
Day Date Rnd Opponents Result Scorers Mon Nov 18 1st NUNEATON W 3-0 Dunne, Branch, Jevons Tue Dec 10 2nd West Bromwich Albion W 2-1 Cadamarteri, Quyale Mon Jan 13 3rd Bolton Wanderers W 2-1 Milligan, Jevons Mon Jan 27 4th Norwich City D 1-1 Branch Mon Feb 10 4-R NORWICH CITY L 0-2
Team details and brief reports for Everton matches in the FA Youth Cup, 1996-97.
Monday 10 February 1997, Goodison Park, Merseyside
Everton: O'Toole, Lane, Eaton, Gabrielson
(73 Jevons), Dunne, Ball, Quayle, West, Branch, Cadamarteri, Milligan.
Subs not used: Roach, Allen.
The march on Wembly by Everton's up and coming Youth team collapsed in stumbling disarray as they were beaten by Norwich City. Despite a lot of possession, Everton never looked like scoring. Everton's best player was Milligan.
San Presland: A good workman-like performance by Norwich. We gave them an easy goal early on and then struggled to break down their defence. We had quite a lot of the ball but panicked a bit when we got a sniff at goal.
They got another mid-way through the second half from a well-worked move from a corner. Shame really because I felt they were there for the taking if we had concentrated better...
Man of the Match : My friend Adam Eaton at left-back had a good performance against their supposed star player, especially after he nearly missed the match as his silly team mate Andrew West forgot to pick him up.
Monday 27 January 1997, Carrow Road, Norwich
Everton: O'Toole, Lane, Eaton, Gabrielson,
Dunne, Ball, Jevons, West, Branch (72 Denton), Cadamarteri, Milligan.
Subs not used: Quayle, Poppleton.
Daily Post: We scored first through a Michael Branch header, but they equalised with 8 minutes to go.
Everton were unlucky not to win, dominating large portions of the match. The Everton goal came when the 'impressive' Andrew West picked out Danny Cadamarteri and the winger's cross was met powerfully by Branch who headed home from close range.
Jevons then missed from 4 yards before Branch went off after 72 minues with a hamstring injury and won't be available for Newcastle. Norwich scrambled the ball home with 8 minutes to go to force a replay at Goodison on February 10th.
Monday 13 January 1997, Burnden Park, Bolton
Everton: O'Toole, Lane, Eaton, Gabrielson,
Dunne, Ball, Cadamarteri, Davies, Branch, Jevons, Milligan.
Subs not used: Denton, Quayle, West.
Liverpool Echo: Everton moved into the Fourth Round (last 16) of the FA Youth Cup. In a game they dominated throughout Everton had to come from behind as Bolton took the lead in the first half and Michael Branch missed three chances. After the break, we scored through Jamie Milligan and Phil Jevons. Bolton nearly equalised late on as they hit the corner of post and bar. The blues now face a trip to either Norwich.
Joe Royle watched the Everton Youth team move into the last 16 last night with an away victory at Bolton Wanderers. The crowd at Burnden Park seemed to be split 50/50 between home and away support as I sat down, staring across at Joe as he also took his seat. Obviously, this was to give the youngsters a boost as well as to watch two of his fastest growing stars in Branch and Dunne.
The game started brightly as Michael Branch created chance after chance for himself, taking apart the opposing defence with ease. His creative running was wasted as, seemingly matching his senior games, he proceeded to snatch at chances and waste them firing wide -- even if only marginally. Bolton's only chance was a thundering shot which rattled the crossbar. Branch then proceeded to waste another whilst Dunne proved a threat as he headed over from a corner.
This was to prove costly as, after about half an hour, a corner was conceded. A far-post ball was sent in and the ball fell to Trueman who lashed home a shot. O'Toole had no chance with the goal. A case of deja vu here, methinks. Everton continued to attack to no reward as Branch went strangely quite. Half-time came and we were down 1-0.
Joe nipped to get an executive coffee at half-time (in Bolton this means the un-chipped mug) and re-emerged at the start of teh second half. Jevons was switched from up front to the right wing with Cadamarteri moving up front, a tactic which did not seem to work.
Ball began to see more of the ball in midfield but seemingly the rest of the team lost the plot as Bolton began brightly. Branch was increasingly wasteful and began to stop passing to his team mates to go it alone (shades of Kanchelskis??) and Bolton quickly closed him down to remove his threat. Ball's prompting lead to a cross from the right and Milligan fired home in a similar goal to Bolton's... Worryingly all the team went wild - except Branch....(has it gone to his head a little??).
Cadamarteri then woke up from his slumber and looked lively. With 5 mins remaining Branch learnt to pass, sending the ball to Jevons who drilled home, Kanchelskis-style. This time, they all joined in and it was virtually over. One final chance came s Branch beat his man and sent Cadamarteri free who missed woefully.
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Tuesday 10 December 1996, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Everton: O'Toole, Lane, Dunne, Ball,
Homes (Eaton), Jevons (Gabrielson), Davies, West, Milligan, Quayle, Cadamarteri.
Subs not used: Williams.
Liverpool Echo: Everton moved into the third round of the FA Youth Cup after goals from Danny Cadamarteri and Mark Quayle helped them to a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. Manager Joe Royle coach Willie Donnachie and chairman Peter Johnson were all at The Hawthorns to see the win, and the blues now face a trip to either Bolton or Sheffield United.
Everton started strongly and opened the scoring on 11 minutes from Cadamarteri who signed a long term contract earlier in the season. The dreadlocked 17-year-old cut in from the right and smashed a shot from the edge of the area into the roof of the net.
West Brom equalised before the break but the blues sealed an impressive win six minutes from time. Striker Mark Quayle turned home a loose ball after the home keeper failed to hold a Michael Ball shot. Coach Ronny Goodlass said: 'We started off very brightly, faded a little and then finished strongly'
'Danny Cadamarteri was excellent and it was brilliant for the young lads to have Joe, Willie and the chairman watching them.
Tuesday 19 November 1996
Everton: O'Toole, Lane, Holmes, Ball,
Dunne, Jevons, Davies, West, Milligan, Branch (Quayle 60), Cadamarteri (Denton
Subs not used: ???
As youth teams go this one has quite a lot of experience, Dunne and Ball are both reserve team regulars, several have reserve team experience, and of course Branch is on the fringes of the first team. The goals came through Dunne, Branch and Jevons.