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The Under-18 side from Everton's Academy at Finch Farm came so close to retaining their League title from last season.

Results & Fixtures  Everton's Under-18 matches during the 2014-15 season
League Setup  An explanation of the Under-18 Premier League setup
League Table  Everton's position in the North Group table
Match Details  Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
Appearances  A table of Under-18 appearances and goals
Friendlies Results from Under-18 friendly matches
Manager: Kevin Sheedy


Date   Ven Opponents               Result  Pos  Scorers                              
Link to Official Site

August 2014

Sat 16  (h) Middlesbrough            6-3   1st  Charsley, Brewster 3, Dyson, Davies
Sat 23  (a) Wolverhampton Wanderers  1-0   1st  Connolly 
Sat 30  (a) Manchester City          0-2   3rd  —


Sat 13  (h) Derby County             1-5   5th  Dyson 
Sat 20  (a) Blackburn Rovers         4-0   4th  Connolly, Walsh, Charsley 2
Sat 27  (h) Sunderland               3-1   3rd  Charsley, Holland 2


Sat  4  (a) Bolton Wanderers         3-0   3rd  Newell 2, Dyson
Sat 11  (h) Stoke City               2-0   2nd  Williams, Connolly
Sat 18  (a) Newcastle United         4-1   2nd  Dyson 2, Holland (pen), Charsley


Sat  1  (a) Liverpool                1-1   3rd  Newell
Sat 15  (h) Manchester United        2-0   2nd  Dowell, Yates
Wed 19  (a) AFC Liverpool            3-4   LSC  Broadhead, Dyson, Henen
Sat 22  (h) Wolverhampton Wanderers  2-2   2nd  Dyson, Duffus
Sat 29  (a) Middlesbrough            1-2   3rd  Duffus

December 2014

Sat  6  (h) Manchester City          2-1   2nd  Broadhead, Connolly
Sat 20  (a) Derby County             1-4   3rd  Connolly 

January 2015

Fri  9  (a) Sunderland               1-0   3rd  Donohue
Sat 17  (h) Blackburn Rovers         0-1   3rd  —
Sat 24  (h) Bolton Wanderers         2-0   2nd  Newell, Charsley


Sat  7  (h) Newcastle United         5-1   2nd  Holland 3, Charsley, Dyson
Sat 14  (a) Manchester United        2-3   2nd  Broadhead, Walsh
Sat 21  (h) Liverpool                5-0   2nd  Dyson 2, Walsh, Bainbridge, Charsley 
Sat 28  (a) Stoke City               1-3   2nd  Dyson


Sat 14  (h) Middlesbrough            4-0   1st  Dowell 2, Charsley, Dyson
Sat 21  (a) Chelsea                  2-0   1st  Graham, Charsley


Sat 11  (h) Tottenham Hotspur        2-2   1st  Holland, Donohue
Sat 18  (a) Manchester United        1-1   2nd  Evans

May 2015

Sat  2  (a) Aston Villa              4-1   2nd  Bramhall, Broadhead, Brewster, Evans
Sat  9  (h) West Bromwich Albion     4-2   2nd  Broadhead, Birch, Bramall Evans
Sat 16  (a) Manchester City          0-1   2nd

 2014 Friendlies and Other U-18 Team Matches
Pre-Season and other Friendlies, 2014
Day  Date  Ven Opponents            Res   Scorers                              

Tue Jul 15 (H) Bury                 6-1   Dyson, Holland, Edge, Brewster 2, Newell
Thu Jul 17 (A) Preston North End    6-3   Newell (pen), Brewster, Broadhead, Dyson (2), Walsh
Sat Jul 19 (H) Crewe Alexandra      1-1   Brewster
Tue Jul 22 (H) Wigan Athletic       1-0   Charsley
Thu Jul 24 (A) Leeds United         2-2   Dyson, Holland  
Sat Jul 26 (H) Glasgow Celtic       4-0   Connolly, Brewster, Davies
Durban U19 Tournament
Fri Aug  1 (N) Santos U19s          0-2Sun Aug  3 (N) Feyenoord U19s       1-2   Brewster
Tue Aug  5 (A) South Africa U19s    1-1   Newell


The U18 Premier League replaced the Premier Academy League at the start of the 2012-13 season with the aim to enhance youth development and help transition players between the Academy and First Team.

The league has been set out with the following criteria:

  • In total, 24 clubs compete in the U18 Premier League, with each of the clubs having applied for ‘Category One’ status in the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). There are 18 clubs from the Premier League, five clubs from the Championship and one club from League One.
  • The format has changed since the 2012-13 season, with the 24 clubs now split into two separate regional groups, North and South, rather than being split into three smaller groups.
  • Clubs will play each opposing club in their own regional group twice, both home and away. Plus, clubs will play each opposing club in the other regional group once, either home or away. Overall, the season will last for 31 matches.
  • The top two clubs from each regional group will progress to the semi-finals and subsequent final to decide the overall U18 Premier League Champions. In the semi-finals, the north division winner and south division runner-up will meet, and the south division winner and north division runner-up will meet.

Age requirement: Clubs are not allowed to field any outfield players outside of the U18 age category. However, the goalkeeper is permitted to come from the U19 age category.

The 12 clubs in the North Group of the U18 Premier League are:

Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Derby County, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City & Wolverhampton Wanderers

The 12 clubs in the South Group of the U18 Premier League are:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.

Pos Team
1 Middlesbrough 22 16 2 4 59 30 29 50
2 Everton 22 13 2 7 49 30 19 41
3 Manchester City 22 12 4 6 45 29 16 40
4 Manchester United 22 12 2 8 29 24 5 38
5 Wolves 22 11 4 7 38 36 2 37
6 Derby County 22 8 9 5 47 36 11 33
7 Liverpool 22 8 5 9 51 51 0 29
8 Sunderland 22 8 5 9 33 35 -2 29
9 Newcastle United 22 6 3 13 36 50 -14 21
10 Blackburn Rovers 22 5 5 12 31 50 -19 20
11 Stoke City 22 5 4 13 23 39 -16 19
12 Bolton Wanderers 22 3 5 14 22 53 -31 14

Team details and scorers for Everton U-18 matches, and match reports (where available).  
 Everton 6 - 3 Middlesbrough
U-18 League Match No 1
Saturday 16 August 201

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Hewelt; Birch, Connolly, Bainbridge (46' Walsh), Thorniley; Graham, Davies, Charsley, Brewster, Newell (46' Dyson), Dowell.
Subs not used:  O'Loughlin, Holland, Yates.  Scorers: Charsley, Brewster 3, Dyson, Davies.

Everton Under-18s started the new season in stylish fashion as a Delial Brewster hat-trick helped to secure a 6-3 win over Middlesbrough at Finch Farm. The victory was even more impressive considering the young Blues were trailing 2-0 after 32 minutes. But Kevin Sheedy’s side launched a superb comeback to run out convincing winners.

Harry Charsley made it 2-1 at half-time before Everton went goal crazy in the second period. Brewster notched two quick goals after the restart to turn the game on its head and then Calum Dyson made it 4-2. Brewster then completed his treble and Tom Davies hit the sixth. Middlesbrough scored a third late on but Everton were already out of sight.  

 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 1 Everton 
U-18 League Match No 2
Saturday 23 August 2014


Everton U18s: Hewelt; Birch, Graham, Thorniley, Connolly; Charsley, Davies, Holland (Edge); Dyson (Yates), Brewster, Donohue (Bainbridge).
Subs not used: N/A Scorers:  Connolly

Everton U18s maintained their 100% record with a fine 1-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The reigning youth champions netted the decisive goal just before the half-time break as Callum Connolly was on hand to convert a well worked team move.

 Manchester City 2 - 0 Everton
U-18 League Match No 3
Saturday 30 August 2014


Everton U18s:   Griffiths; Yarney (60' Newell), Connolly, Graham, Thorniley; Bainbridge, Birch, Charsley; Brewster, Edge, Dyson.
Subs not used: Hewelt, Baningime, Broadhead, Mellen.  Scorers:  None

Everton U18s were beaten by Manchester City U18s today as goals by Manuel Garcia Alonso and Tosin Adarabioyo inflicted the young Blues' first defeat of the season.

 Real Madrid 1 - 0 Everton
U-18 Premier League Champions Cup Group A
Friday 5 September 2014


Everton U18s:  Hewelt; Yates, Birch, Thorniley, Edge (50' Mellen); Davies, Bainbridge, Holland; Brewster, Dyson (45' Broadhead), Newell.
Subs not used: None.  Scorers:  None

Everton Under-18s were desperately unfortunate to emerge from their opening Premier League Champions Cup encounter with Real Madrid empty-handed, using all of the small 13-man squad available.

The young Blues were entered into the six-team tournament and pitted in a group alongside the Spanish giants and hosts Tottenham. West Ham, Liverpool and Benfica make up the participants in Group B.

Despite controlling the hour-long contest on Friday morning, it was a rare attempt from Madrid that provided the only goal in the second half. Everton looked strong and alert against the youth squad of the European champions and foraged the best opportunities.

 Tottenham Hotspur 5 - 1 Everton
U-18 Premier League Champions Cup Group A
Friday 5 September 2014


Everton U18s:   team.
Subs not used: Names.  Scorers:  Broadhead

Kicking off just two hours after the Blues' opener against Real Madrid, a tired and depleted squad of just 13 players faced a fully-fresh Spurs side. And Kevin Sheedy's men showed signs of fatigue from their unfortunate 1-0 defeat to the Spaniards, finding themselves 4-0 down at the interval.

Nathan Broadhead pulled one back midway through the second half as he rose highest to nod home, but the Londoners would grab another in the closing stages. 

Spurs would go on to claim the trohpy, beating Benfica, while Everton apparently played Liverpool for the wooden spoon (no further info on this match).  

 Everton 1 - 5 Derby County  
U-18 League Match No 4
Saturday 13 September 2014


Everton U18s: Hewelt; Birch, Kenny, Graham, Thorniley; Connolly, Holland, Charsley; Dyson, Thomas, Edge. 
Subs not used: Hunt, Newell, Mellen, Broadhead, Yates.  Scorers:  Dyson.

Everton Under-18s were made to pay for missed opportunities as Derby County condemned the young Blues to a 5-1 home defeat.

The Blues fell behind within just three minutes but went on to control the first half; their efforts were rewarded when Callum Dyson equalised before the break. But they conceding a goal within the opening minutes of the second half and ended up shipping another three goals.

 Blackburn Rovers 0 - 4 Everton
U-18 League Match No 5
Saturday 20 September 2014


Everton U18s:  Hewelt; Birch, Connolly, Graham, Thorniley (75' Yates); Walsh, Charsley, Davies; Dowell, Dyson (85' Edge), Holland (55' Newell).
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers:  Connolly, Walsh, Charsley 2,

Everton Under-18s thrashed Blackburn Rovers 4-0 away on Saturday. Everton were three goals up at the midway point as Rovers struggled to deal with their high tempo football. Callum Connolly set the ball rolling on 20 minutes when he cut in from the left and found the target with a right-footed shot from just outside the area.

Five minutes later and the lead was doubled thanks to Liam Walsh who tapped in following good build-up play from Calum Dyson. Everton's third arrived on 35 minutes when a short corner was intricately worked to Harry Charsley who converted at the near post.

Blackburn rallied at the start of the second period but the game was put to bed when Charsley ran through and executed a fine lobbed finish from 16 yards out on the hour mark to completed the scoring.

 Everton 3 - 1 Sunderland
U-18 League Match No 6
Saturday 27 September 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Team Line-Up Not Available. Hunt, Walsh, Charsley, Dyson, (Holland)
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers:  Charsley, Holland 2

A brace from substitute Nathan Holland helped Everton Under-18s make it back-to-back wins after a 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime. The Blues began the game on the front foot and Harry Charsley was denied an early goal when his left-footed effort struck the crossbar. After good work from Calum Dyson and the impressive Liam Walsh, Charsley had another opportunity but he failed to get his shot on target.

But it was a case of third time lucky for Charsley when the ball broke to him on the edge of the box and the midfielder stroked the ball into the bottom corner to put the Toffees ahead on the half hour mark. Everton started the second half just like the first – dominating possession and pressing high up the pitch – with the lively Charsley and Dyson both going close with headed efforts.

But, against the run of play, Sunderland got themselves back into the game when Everton goalkeeper Connor Hunt could only push a Denver Humes strike into the path of Andrew Nelson who slotted home to equalise for the visitors on 65 minutes. Both teams searched for the winner and with just 10 minutes to go substitute Holland found the top corner with a spectacular curling effort to give the Blues a deserved lead.

The visitors looked for a late equaliser but from a Sunderland free-kick Everton worked the ball well to set up a break-away and leave Holland with just the goalkeeper to beat. The pacy winger was brought down by Greg Purvis, resulting in a penalty which he himself stepped up to score his second goal of the game and confirm all three points for his side. 

 Bolton Wanderers 0 - 3 Everton
U-18 League Match No 7
Saturday 4 October 2014


Everton U18s:   Team Line-Up Not Available. Dowell, Newell, Dyson
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Newell 2, Dyson

Everton started well and enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the opening 15 minutes, but were unable to take advantage of good set-piece opportunities. With the scores still level, Bolton crept into the game as the half grew on but the hosts would be undone by a flurry of goals before the interval.

Forward Newell netted first on 39 minutes to cap a fine Blues break, before strike partner Dyson found himself on the end of Kieran Dowell's cutting through ball just three minutes later. With Bolton still reeling from the quickfire double blow, Newell grabbed his second on the stroke of half-time.

The league champions continued to play well after the break, controlling the game and nullifying Bolton's attack to great effect. The result keeps Everton third in the table after eight games, five points behind leaders Manchester City.

 Everton 2 - 0 Stoke City
U-18 League Match No 8
Saturday 11 October 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Griffiths, Connolly, Kenny, Thorniley, Graham, Ledson, Williams, Davies, Dyson, Newell, Walsh.  (Holland)
Subs not used: Hewelt, Birch, Yates, Bainbridge.  Scorers: Williams, Conolly.

The young Blues took control of the game from the first whistle and they could have been two ahead within the first 10 minutes, with Connolly and Jonjoe Kenny both going close with headers. Everton continued to apply the pressure with Liam Walsh heavily involved in the early exchanges, and it was he who combined well with Calum Dyson to create an opening for Williams but the midfielder couldn’t hit the target with his effort.

It wasn’t long, however, until Williams found the net. The impressive Connolly cut in from the right-hand side, struck a left-footed shot and a slight touch from Williams steered the ball into the bottom corner to give the Blues a deserved lead after 20 minutes.

Everton pressed throughout, preventing Stoke to few chances during the game, though the visitors could have got themselves back into the contest on the half hour mark. Ryan Ledson lost the ball deep in his own half and goalkeeper Russell Griffiths was caught off his line but an effort from Daniel Jarvis sailed wide of the target.

Everton created plenty of chances and just seven minutes after the restart they doubled their lead. Connolly, once again cutting in from the right flank, fired a low strike from 20-yards into the bottom corner and past Stoke goalkeeper Dominic Kurasik. Walsh, Nathan Holland and Kenny all came close to extending the Blues lead but it remained 2-0.

 Newcastle United 1 - 4 Everton
U-18 League Match No 9
Saturday 18 October 2014


Everton U18s:  Team Line-Up Not Available. Thorniley, Ledson, Holland, Charsley, Walsh, Dyson...
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Dyson 2, Holland (pen), Charsley.

The young Blues raced into a two-goal lead at the break thanks to Calum Dyson's 15th-minute opener and a penalty from Nathan Holland. The second period started in similar fashion to the first and Harry Charsley extended the advantage just before the hour-mark. Dyson then sealed the win soon after with his second of the afternoon. A stunning free-kick in the dying seconds did deny the Toffees a clean sheet - but it proved nothing more than a consolation for the hosts.

Everton started confidently and, after a host of early chances, Dyson put the Toffees ahead with a coolly-slotted effort after tenacious work to win possession. The dominance continued and was rewarded again on 28 minutes when Jordan Thorniley was hauled down in the penalty area from a corner. Holland stepped up and slammed the ball home.

Charsley added a third with a wonderful solo effort 13 minutes after the break, the midfielder cutting in from the left flank and unleashing a powerful effort into the top corner. The victory was sealed a few minutes later as Liam Walsh released Dyson, who fired past the goalkeeper with aplomb.

 Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton
U-18 League Match No 10
Saturday 1 November 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Hewlet; Yates, Thorniley (c), Walsh, Davies; Graham, Williams; Holland (Kinsella), Newell (Donohue), Charsley (Broadhead); Dyson. 
Subs not used: Bainbridge, T Duffus.   Scorers: Newell.

The hosts opened the scoring through a Sergi Canos goal before striker George Newell equalised but it could have been more for the Blues after Joe Williams had his penalty saved late in the second half.

Everton controlled the early exchanges but went behind against the run of the play on 13 minutes when a misunderstanding in the Blues backline allowed Canos to intercept and fire past goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt. Just minutes after falling behind Everton thought they had got themselves back into the game but Calum Dyson’s effort was ruled out for offside.

The Toffees continued to apply the pressure with Williams and Liam Walsh controlling the game from midfield and Nathan Holland went close to getting an equaliser with two chances in quick succession. But it wasn’t long before Everton were rewarded for their efforts. Harry Charsley, fresh from playing 30 minutes for the Under-21s on Friday evening, beat his man on the right-hand side before whipping in a cross for Newell to stoop low and head into the bottom corner.

Everton began the second-half on the front foot and after a strong run from defence James Graham created an opportunity for Dyson but the striker's effort was fired well wide of Liverpool’s goal. And Graham was heavily involved once again when he was brought down in the box from an Everton corner and the referee awarded the Blues a penalty with just 15 minutes to go. Williams took the spot kick but it was fired straight at Firth and the game remained level.

Heading into the latter stages of the game and the Blues played the last quarter of the game with 10 men after substitute Michael Donohue suffered an injury. Liverpool could have grabbed the three points in the dying minutes but Hewelt saved at point-blank range to deny them from scoring what would surely have been the winning goal and Everton left with a share of the spoils on derby day.

 Everton 2 - 0 Manchester United
U-18 League Match No 11
Saturday 15 November 2014

Finch Farm

Everton:  Hewelt; Yates, Robinson (70' Myers), Williams, Thorniley; Bainbridge, Donohue (60' Broadhead), Davies; Dowell (46' T Duffus), Dyson, Holland.
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Dowell, Yates.

Everton Under-18s beat Manchester United 2-0 on Saturday morning to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches. Goals from Kieran Dowell and James Yates secured an impressive victory for the young Blues at Finch Farm.

Dowell's first-half opener came about after he played a neat one-two with Calum Dyson before finishing inside the penalty area. And the victory was wrapped up after the break when Yates collected possession on the right, drove inside and powered a left-footed shot into the corner.

 AFC Liverpool 4 - 3 Everton
Liverpool Senior Cup Semi-Final
Wednesday 19 November 2014

Marine FC

Everton U18s:  Stanek, McLaughlin, Myers, Jones, Langton, Bainbridge, Donohue, T Duffus, Dyson, Broadhead, Henen. 
Subs: Hewelt, Thorniley, Mellen, Dowell, Holland.   Scorers: Broadhead, Dyson, Henen.

A solid first-half showing from the Blues: Dyson's flick-on was seized upon by Broadhead and the striker made no mistake in slotting home. Calum Dyson then curled a beauty into the top corner from 20-yards to double the advantage.

After the break, Steve Jones pulled one back for the hosts, drilling a 25-yard free-kick into the corner. Jack Bainbridge was then dismissed for a second bookable offence. David Henen then side-footes home from the edge of the area to restore the Blues' two-goal cushion.

However, Ryan Cox converts from two-yards for the home side after a goalmouth scramble. They struck again when Steve Jones's powerful free-kick was fumbled and the rebound was poked in to bring the scores level.

Nathan Broadhead found a yard of space, but his effort cannoned back off the post. But then the Blues were reduced to nine men as Michael Donohue picked up a second yellow card. Then Ryan Cox sent Jindrich Stanek the wrong way to give the hosts the lead with seven minutes remaining and the Blues were knocked out of this season's Liverpool Senior Cup..

 Everton 2 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
U-18 League Match No 12
Saturday 22 November 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Hewelt, Bainbridge, Thorniley, Williams, Robinson, Davies, Charsley, T Duffus, Holland, Dyson, Broadhead. (Donohue)
Subs not Used: N/A  Scorers: Dyson, T Duffus.

After dominating possession in the opening stages, the young Blues eventually took the lead when Calum Dyson converted Harry Charsley’s cross from the right. But the visitors hit back on the stroke of half-time, taking full advantage of a mix-up in the penalty area to prod home an equaliser.

The hosts picked up where they had left off after the break and again took the lead courtesy of Tyrone Duffus, who fired home after clever work from substitute Michael Donohue. However, with just five minutes remaining, Wolves struck again with another leveller against the run of play.

 Middlesbrough 2 - 1 Everton
U-18 League Match No 13
Saturday 29 November 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Team Line-Up Not Available at Youth Hawk or
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Duffus.

No report available.

 Everton 2 - 1 Manchester City
U-18 League Match No 14
Saturday 6 December 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Hewelt, Yates, Robinson, Walsh, Thorniley, Connolly, Duffus, Davies, Dyson, Broadhead, Charsley. 
Subs not used: O’Loughlin, Myers, Holland, Evans, Mellen.  Scorers: Broadhead, Connolly.

Midfielder Liam Walsh had a big hand in the opening goal, intercepting possession in the visitors’ half before sending a through ball to the very impressive Nathan Broadhead, who turned his defender brilliantly and fired his effort past Charlie Albinson to give the Toffees the lead on 23 minutes.

A game with few chances, Everton looked to have kept City frustrated but with 15 minutes remaining Paulo Fernandes found Javiaro Derosun on the edge of the box and he supplied a spectacular curling strike to bring his side level. But just minutes later the Blues were back in front.

Connolly stopped a City attack with a clearance out to the right-hand side and the defender surged forward before receiving the ball again 25-yards out from goal. He beat the defender superbly and struck a left-footed effort past the City goalkeeper. Everton withstood late pressure from City to clinch an important three points

 Derby County 4 - 1 Everton
U-18 League Match No 15
Saturday 20 December 2014

Moor Farm Training Centre

Everton:  Hewelt; Yates, Connolly, Bainbridge, Thorniley; Walsh, Charsley; Donohue, Holland, Broadhead, Dyson.
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Connolly

After a slow start, the young Blues found themselves two goals behind with half-time approaching at the Moor Farm Training Centre. But Callum Connolly, who was operating at left-back, gave the visitors hope, rounding off a flowing move to make it 2-1 at the break.

The Toffees came racing out of the blocks in the second period, but failed to convert sustained periods of pressure into goals. Derby were then awarded a penalty against the run of play after a counter-attacking move which started in their own half. The penalty was converted, before the young Rams added a fourth with five minutes remaining to resign the Under-18s to their first league defeat since early September. 

 Sunderland 0 - 1 Everton
U-18 League Match No 16
Saturday 9 January 2015

Academy of Light

Everton:  O'Loughlin, Yates, Robinson, Walsh, Thorniley, Graham, Donohue, Charsley, Brewster, Broadhead, Holland.
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Donohue.

Everton's U18s earned a 1-0 win at Sunderland's Academy of Light thanks to Michael Donohue's first-half strike.

The victory owed much to an excellent display in goal by Ciaran O'Loughlin as well, though, who made saves to deny Jordan Blinco and Dan Pybus and a goal line clearance by James Graham to keep the Black Cats at bay.

 Everton 0 - 1 Blackburn Rovers
U-18 League Match No 17
Saturday 17 January 2015

Finch Farm

Everton:  O’Loughlin, Bainbridge, Robinson, Walsh, Thorniley, Graham, Donohue, Charsley, Brewster, Broadhead, Holland. (Newell)
Subs not used: Johnson, Dyson, Edge, Myers.  Scorers: None.

Despite dominating possession and creating a host of chances, a second-half goal from Sam Joel gave the visitors all three points.

The first chance of the game fell to the Blues when Michael Donohue played in Delial Brewster but the forward could only fire his effort straight at Rovers' keeper Andy Fisher. Donohue, who was impressive throughout, created another opening for Brewster but Fisher again, was equal to his shot. Brewster then turned provider just minutes later, firing in a low cross and Nathan Holland was just inches away from connecting.

The Toffees then had the ball in the back of the net, but Donohue’s curling shot was adjudged to have taken a touch off Brewster, who was standing in an offside position and the game remained goalless. But just 10 minutes after the restart, the visitors broke the deadlock.

Goalkeeper Fisher terrifically denied Brewster from close range before quickly setting up a Rovers counter-attack and, ultimately, the Blues were made to pay. Blackburn captain Hyuga Tanner was found at the back post and his headed effort rebounded off the crossbar, only to fall at the feet of Joel who smashed home to put the visitors ahead.

Despite going behind, the young Blues continued to create chances and Harry Charsley may feel he should have done better when he failed to hit the target from just inside the box. And, with just minutes remaining, Fisher pulled off another outstanding save to deny substitute George Newell a last-gasp equaliser. Brewster turned his defender brilliantly before whipping in a cross but Newell’s header was saved and Rovers held on for the victory.

 Everton 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
U-18 League Match No 18
Saturday 24 January 2015

Finch Farm

Everton:  Hunt, Yates, Thorniley, Charsley, Graham, Dowell, Donohue, Broadhead, Newell, Brewster, Holland.
Subs not used:  Johnson, Bainbridge, Dyson, Edge.  Scorers: Newell, Charsley.

The young Blues started on the front foot and they could have been ahead within 90 seconds of the kick-off when Michael Donohue cut inside from the right but his effort whistled just past the post. In a cagey opening half, both sides created few chances and, despite late pressure from the Toffees, the game remained goalless heading into half-time.

But it wasn’t long after the restart when the deadlock was broken. Nathan Broadhead cut in from the left-hand side and showed great strength to hold off his defender before unleashing an effort that deflected off Newell and past George Dorrington in the Bolton goal.

The Blues then began to control the game and defender Jordan Thorniley, who was impressive throughout, could have doubled the Blues’ lead on the hour mark, only to see his headed effort go straight at Dorrington. Donohue, who was a constant threat, then beat his defender before sliding a ball through to Newell but the striker’s shot was parried away.

Playing a 3-5-2 formation, Everton restricted the visitors to long-range shots and, with just under 20 minutes remaining, they got a deserved second goal. James Yates surged forward down the right and his cross fell into the path of Charsley, who found the back of the net with a superb 25-yard strike.

 Everton 5 - 1 Newcastle United
U-18 League Match No 19
Saturday 7 February 2015

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Stanek, Yates, Robinson, Graham, Thorniley, Davies, Holland, Broadhead, Newell, Dyson, Charsley. (Myers)
Subs not used: Johnson, Bainbridge, Edge, Baningime.  Scorers: Holland 3, Charsley, Dyson.

A hat-trick from Nathan Holland and goals from Harry Charsley and Calum Dyson secured victory for the young Blues in a game they dominated from start to finish.

Holland got the Toffees off to a terrific start, opening the scoring within three minutes after capitalising on a defensive mistake and slotting past Nathan Harker in the Newcastle goal.  Everton then doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark. Charsley, who was impressive throughout, forced an error within the Newcastle backline and the ball fell to Dyson who raced into the box before picking out Charsley. The midfielder took one touch and supplied a superb curling effort into the top corner.

Controlling the game, the Toffees were then 3-0 up with barely 40 minutes on the clock after a helping hand from the visiting goalkeeper. Great combination play from Holland and James Yates on the right-hand side created space for Holland who whipped in a cross that Harker failed to deal with. The ball slipped through the keeper’s hands and over the line to give Everton complete control.

And it would be 4-0 just five minutes later - winger Holland grabbing a hat-trick before half-time. Dyson held the ball up well before laying it off to Newell who slipped in Holland on the right-hand side and he made no mistake with his finish, firing a low strike past Harker.

The Blues proved to be clinical in front of goal once again. Holland turned provider, whipping in an in-swinging free-kick and Dyson got a slight touch to divert the ball past the keeper and give the Toffees a 5-0 lead.  Spencer Meyers was sent off late on for the Blues for a poor challenge before Louis Johnson netted for the visitors but it would just be a late consolation as Everton romped to a 5-1 victory. 

 Manchester United 3 - 2 Everton
U-18 League Match No 20
Saturday 14 February 2015

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Hewelt, Bainbridge, Myers (67' Kiersey) , Graham, Thorniley, Walsh, Davies, Charsley, Edge (67' Harrington), Dyson, Broadhead (77' Evans) .
Subs not used: Johnson, Bangimine.  Scorers: Broadhead, Walsh.

Everton U18s blew a two-goal lead and went down to 10 men under ridiculous circumstances, giving up a late goal that allowed Man Utd U18s to secure a late 3-2 win in the FA Premier U18 League on Saturday.

Nathan Broadhead opened the scoring for Everton before Liam Walsh's free-kick made it 2-0. The hosts clawed one back before the break through Ruairi Croskery and on the hour mark they were level when Marcus Rashford ran through to score.

Liam Walsh was then dismissed for a second yellow card for moving the ball a couple of yards for a free-kick after the ref  had told him not to. And in the final minute Croskery scored his second to win the game for Man Utd.

 Everton 5 - 0 Liverpool
U-18 League Match No 21
Saturday 21 February 2015

Finch Farm

Everton U18s:  Stanek; Yates, Bainbridge, Graham, Robinson; Walsh, Davies (87' Edge); Donohue (62' Holland), Broadhead, Charsley; Dyson (87' Baningime). 
Subs not used: Johnson, Evans.  Scorers: Charsley, Bainbridge, Dyson 2, Walsh.

Just 10 minutes later, the Blues took the lead. Walsh picked out Michael Donohue on the right-hand side and the winger cleverly beat his defender before finding Dyson in the box. Firth saved the striker’s headed effort but he could only palm the ball into the path of Charsley, and the Irish midfielder tapped in from five-yards out.

And just before the half-time whistle, centre-half Bainbridge connected with Walsh’s corner to double the Blues’ lead.

Only five minutes of the second-half had been played when Dyson got his reward when he headed home Michael Donohue’s cross following good work from Bainbridge bringing the ball out of defence. Nine minutes later it was 4-0 as Walsh slotted past Andrew Firth following a fine first-time pass from captain Harry Charsley.

And the rout was complete when left-back Antonee Robinson played in Dyson who coolly fired past Firth.

 Stoke City 3 - 1 Everton
U-18 League Match No 22
Saturday 28 February 2015

Clayton Wood  

Everton U18s:  Stanek, Yates (Harrington 85), Bainbridge, Graham, Robinson, Davies, Holland, Kinsella (Bramall), Broadhead, Evans (Charsley 60), Dyson.
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Dyson.

Everton were on the back foot from the eighth minute when Yusuf Coban opened the scoring for the hosts. The German got his second of the game just before the half-hour mark to put Stoke in a strong position at the break.

Everton started the second half positively and Calum Dyson halved the deficit with a header to spark hope of a comeback. But Stoke secured the three points a quarter of an hour before full-time when Johnville Renee-Pringle restored the home side’s two-goal advantage.

The result means Everton remain in second position in the league table, with qualification to the end-of-season play-offs already secured. 

 Everton 4-0 Middlesbrough
U-18 Elite League Match No 1
Saturday 14 March 2015

Finch Farm

Everton:  Team. Connolly, Yates, Graham, Dowell 2, Charsley, Dyson.
Subs not used: Names.  Scorers: Dowell 2, Charsley, Dyson.

Everton U18s ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Middlesbrough at Finch Farm today in their first game of what is now an eight-team league to decide the destiny of the 2014-15 U18s Premier League title.

Kieran Dowell grabbed a brace and there were goals apiece for Harry Charsley and Calum Dyson as the Young Blues ran riot against the team that finished nine points above them in the Northern Group this season.

It was Everton who got off to the perfect start, going ahead with barely a minute on the clock. James Graham switched the ball brilliantly to find Michael Donohue in space on the right-hand side; the winger beat his man and found Dowell in the box who supplied a terrific curling finish.

Dyson could have doubled the Blues' lead just minutes later when Donohue beat his marker and found the striker in the box but he could only steer his header over the bar. But it wouldn’t be long before the striker got himself on the scoresheet. Dowell, who was influential throughout, shrugged off a few challenges to get to the byline before picking out Dyson who slotted past Tom Dawson in the Middlesbrough goal.

The Blues had showed plenty of energy throughout the opening 45 minutes, not allowing Middlesbrough any time on the ball and with just seconds remaining forced the visitors to make a mistake deep in their own half. Midfielder Dowell was there to pick up the loose ball and he fired past the keeper to grab his second of the game and put Everton into a comfortable 3-0 half-time lead.

The second half resumed and the same theme continued with the Blues dictating proceedings. Callum Connolly picked up the ball in his own half and raced at the Middlesbrough backline before finding Dowell who was inches away from getting his hat-trick. The contest was put beyond any doubt with just 20 minutes remaining when a great passing move was finished sublimely by Charsley after right-back James Yates found the midfielder in the box.

The result keeps Everton in the hunt for a second successive U18s crown. Each team will play each other once, either home or away, with the team finishing top taking the title.  

 Chelsea 0 - 2 Everton
U-18 Elite League Match No 2
Saturday 21 March 2015


Everton U18s:  Hewelt, Birch, Robinson, Graham, Bainbridge, Walsh, Donohue, Connolly, Dyson (90' Baningime), Dowell, Charsley.
Subs not used: O'Loughlin, Myers, Bramall, Evans.  Scorers: Graham, Charsley.

Everton Under-18s recorded their second win of the end of season mini-league with a 2-0 defeat of Chelsea. The victory at the Londonders' Cobham HQ follows last weekend's 4-0 demolition of Middlsebrough and means the young Blues have defeated the winners of the north and south sections in consecutive weeks.

James Graham's first half header and Harry Charsley's searing strike in the second half won it for the Blues. Chelsea had begun the game well and Everton had to be at their best to keep their clean sheet intact in the opening period. It meant there was a platform for central defender Graham to head in Liam Walsh's free-kick in the opening half's final minute to give the visitors the lead.

Callum Connolly and Kieran Dowell could have extended the lead in the second half before Charsley's decisive intervention with 15 minutes left.

 Everton 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur
U-18 Elite League Match No 3
Saturday 11 April 2015

Finch Farm

Everton:  Hewelt, Birch, Yates, Graham, Thorniley, Walsh, Donohue, Bainbridge, Brewster, Charsley, Holland. (Broadhead)
Subs not used: O'Loughlin, Myers, Evans, Bramall.  Scorers: Holland, Donohue.

The visitors led through Shayon Harrison and Luke Amos but goals from Nathan Holland and Michael Donohue rescued a point for the Blues.

Everton had their first chance of the game within three minutes when Donohue’s cross was cleared to Jack Bainbridge on the edge of the box but the midfielder couldn’t keep his effort down.
But the young Blues would then struggle to get a foot hold in the game with windy conditions making it hard for the players to find any rhythm and it was Tottenham who struck first.

Shayon Harrison had earlier seen two strikes go just wide of the Everton goal and so it was third time lucky for the striker when he fired hard and low into the bottom corner after the Blues failed to clear their lines.
But the visitors would only be ahead for five minutes.
The Toffees broke quickly from their own half and Liam Walsh played in Holland on the left-hand side who took one touch before supplying a cool finish past the oncoming Thomas Glover in the Tottenham goal.
Everton, now playing with the wind, began the second half on the front foot with Bainbridge going close with a header.
Tottenham then had a chance of their own when Kyle-Walker Peters was played in on the left-hand side but with just the keeper to beat, the defender dragged his shot wide.
However, it wouldn’t be long before the visitors were back ahead as captain Luke Amos brilliantly diverted a goal-bound effort past Hewelt to give his side a 2-1 lead with just 30 minutes remaining.
Despite going behind, the young Blues showed no signs of giving up and substitute Nathan Broadhead went close to levelling the game.
Great combination play from Delial Brewster and Broadhead allowed the latter to get a shot on goal but his effort was saved well by Glover.
Both sides would then have to play the remaining eight minutes with 10 men after Walsh and Amos were both shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident.
After the sending off, the Toffees continued to search for a much-deserved equaliser and they got just that through Donohue.
From a throw-in on the right-hand side, Bainbridge controlled the ball and turned his defender before unleashing a shot.
His effort was blocked but the ball fell into the path of Donohue who made no mistake and fired home to secure an important point for the Blues.


The result leaves Everton in a strong position in the Elite Playoff League as they look to secure back-to-back U-18 Premier League titles.

 Manchester United 1 - 1 Everton
U-18 Elite League Match No 4
Saturday 18 April 2015

Carrington, Manchester

Everton:  Hewelt, Birch, Yates, Graham, Thorniley, Bainbridge, Donohue, Charsley, Brewster (77' Evans), Broadhead, Holland (77' Myers).
Subs not used: Johnson, Bramall, Baningime.  Scorers: Evans.

A stoppage-time free-kick from Antony Evans keeps young Blues in the league title chase. 

Everton Under-18s remain in the running to retain their league title after a last-gasp equaliser earned the young Blues a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Finch Farm on Saturday morning.

Jordan Thompson, against the run of play, opened the scoring for the visitors but a sensational stoppage-time free-kick from substitute Antony Evans gave Everton a much deserved point.

 Aston Villa 1 - 4 Everton
U-18 Elite League Match No 5
Saturday 2 May 2015

Finch Farm

Everton:  O’Loughlin, Birch, Graham, Thorniley, Myers, Bainbridge, Evans, Broadhead (Morris), Bramall (Mellen), Donohue, Brewster.
Subs not used: Names.  Scorers: Bramhall, Broadhead, Brewster, Evans.

Everton Under-18s recorded a tremendous 4-1 win away at Aston Villa on Saturday, moving a step closer to the national title in the process. Kevin Sheedy’s young Blues remain unbeaten in the eight-team end of season league, and with close rivals Manchester United losing to Chelsea, their fate is now in their own hands.

This win was achieved in commanding fashion with the Blues dominant throughout. They opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Nathan Broadhead and Danny Bramhall exchanged passes before the latter calmly netted. Broadhead then claimed his own goal before the break, slotting home clinically after another good move.

It was more of the same in the second half with Everton in complete control. Under-16 player Antony Evans set up Delial Brewster to make it three with another smart finish before getting on the scoresheet himself after Bramall had pulled the ball back from the byline.

Villa’s late consolation from a corner was nothing more than a mild annoyance and attention now turns to next week’s clash with West Brom.

 Everton 4 - 2 West Bromwich Albion
U-18 Elite League Match No 6
Saturday 9 May 2015

Finch Farm

Everton:  Griffiths, Birch, Myers, Graham, Thorniley, Walsh, Donohue, Bainbridge, Dyson, Broadhead, Brewster... (Evans) (Bramall)
Subs not used: O'Loughlin, Yarney, Baningime.  Scorers: Broadhead, Birch, Bramall, Evans.

Everton immediately started the contest on the front foot as Michael Donohue - outstanding throughout - raced down the right wing before finding Calum Dyson in the box. The forward took aim but failed to get his effort on target.

Just minutes later, the visitors had a clear-cut opportunity to take an early lead as Jack Hallahan went through one-on-one with Russell Griffiths. However, the onrushing Blues goalkeeper put Hallahan under enough pressure and the midfielder scuffed his shot wide to give the hosts a let off. And Griffiths came to the fore once again to deny Chay Scrivens from close range soon after, tipping his effort magnificently over the crossbar.

Despite those chances for West Brom, the Toffees began to dictate proceedings, with both Broadhead and Donohue looking dangerous on the ball. And it came as no surprise when the pair combined to open the scoring on 20 minutes.
A patient passing move ended in Donohue providing an inviting cross for Broadhead, his header was saved brilliantly by Matthew Hall in the West Brom goal, but the midfielder connected with the rebound to give Everton the lead.

Behind, West Brom reacted well to the blow and found themselves level just 10 minutes later when James Smith picked out the bottom corner from outside the box. But a frantic spell saw Kevin Sheedy’s side immediately retake their lead.   
Birch cut in from the right-hand side and the defender curled a superb effort into the top corner to put his side 2-1 up at  the break.

Broadhead had the opportunity to extend the young Blues’ lead just minutes after the restart when Birch found the midfielder in the box, but he sent his effort over the bar from just eight-yards out. With the visitors applying the pressure, the Blues were happy to hit the Baggies on the break and, on 70 minutes, substitute Bramall put his side further ahead. Donohue broke on the right-hand side, his low and inviting cross was missed by Dyson but Bramall, with his first touch of the game, netted at the back post. 

Kyle Edwards scrambled the ball home for the visitors on 86 minutes to make it a nervy ending. But, just seconds before the final whistle, the Blues confirmed all three points. Bramall used his pace to latch onto a long ball over the defence before teeing up substitute Evans on the edge of the box. The youngster made no mistake with his finish, producing a low drive into the bottom corner to complete the scoring and move Everton just one victory away from securing successive league titles. 

 Manchester City 1 - 0 Everton
U-18 Elite League Match No 7
Saturday 16 May 2015

City Football Academy

Everton:  Griffiths; Birch, Robinson, Graham, Thorniley; Walsh, Donohue; Connolly, Dyson, Bainbridge; Charsley.
Subs not used: O'Loughin, Bramall, Broadhead, Brewster, Evans.  Scorers: None.

Everton's U18s fell just short of securing back-to-back Premier League titles when they lost 1-0 at Manchester City.

Kevin Sheedy's reigning title holders travelled to the City Football Academy for their final game of the season knowing that victory would take them above Middlesbrough and back to the top of the U18s Premier League. Boro's youngsters, who had already completed their season, sat two points above the Blues.

Unfortunately, they couldn't overturn Aaron Nemane's first-half goal despite putting pressure on the City goal and had to be content with second place. 

Pos Team
1 Middlesbrough 7 5 1 1 17 10 7 16
2 Everton 7 4 2 1 17 7 10 14
3 Chelsea 7 4 1 2 18 14 4 13
4 Manchester United 7 3 2 2 9 8 1 11
5 West Brom 7 3 0 4 17 15 2 9
6 Aston Villa 7 2 2 3 10 17 -7 8
7 Manchester City 7 1 1 5 9 17 -8 4
8 Tottenham 7 1 1 5 12 21 -9 4


 AFC Liverpool 4 - 3 Everton
Liverpool Senior Cup
Monday 19 November 2014
Valerie Park, Prescott

Everton U18s:  Stanek, McLaughlin, Myers, Jones  (61' Dowell), Langton, Bainbridge, Donohue, Duffus, Dyson (67' Holland), Broadhead. Henen (71' Mellen).
Subs not used: Hewelt, Thorniley.  Scorers:
Dyson, Broadhead, Henen.

Everton U18s played AFC Liverpool for a place in the semi-finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup this evening but twice surrendered a two-goal advantage and finished the match with nine men as the Reds ran out 4-3 winners.

The young Blues roared into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Calum Dyson and Nathan Broadhead but saw their lead cut in half shortly after half time when Steve Jones pulled one back for the Reds.

Things got worse for Everton when Jack Bainbridge was dismissed for a second bookable offence but David Henen quickly restored the two-goal advantage.

Two goals in as many minutes had the Blues pegged back to 3-3, though, when Ryan Cox netted and a Jones free kick was converted in a goalmouth melee.

Then, after a foul by Michael Donahue earned him his marching orders and reduced Everton to nine men, Cox beat Jindrich Stanek from the spot to make it 4-3 to AFC Liverpool.


 The club did not always give proper teamsheets for U-18 games. 
 Some appearance stats (mostly subs) may not be accurate

Player Apps (Sub) Goals
Jordan Thorniley 25 (0) 0
Harry Charsley 24 (1) 10
James Graham 24 (0) 1
Calum Dyson 22 (1) 11
Nathan Holland 17 (4) 5
Jack Bainbridge 17 (1) 1
Liam Walsh 17 (1) 3
Tom Davies 16 (0) 1
Nathan Broadhead 15 (4) 4
Mateusz Hewelt 15 (0) 0
Callum Connolly 15 (0) 5
Michael Donohue 14 (2) 1
Arlen Birch 13 (0) 1
James Yates 12 (2) 1
Antonee Robinson 11 (0) 0
Delial Brewster 10 (0) 4
George Newell 8 (3) 4
Kieran Dowell 8 (0) 3
Russell Griffiths 4 (0) 0
Joe Williams 4 (0) 1
Charley Edge 3 (3) 0
Spencer Myers 3 (3) 0
Tyronne Duffus 3 (1) 2
Connor Hunt 3 (0) 0
Ciaran O'Loughlin 3 (0) 0
JonJoe Kenny 3 (0) 0
Jindrich Stanek 3 (0) 0
Anthony Evans 2 (3) 3
Daniel Bramall 1 (2) 2
Steven Kinsella 1 (1) 0
Josef Yarney 1 (0) 0
James Thomas 1 (0) 0
Ryan Ledson 1 (0) 0
Beni Baningime 0 (2) 0
Ryan Harrington 0 (2) 0
Jamie Mellen 0 (1) 0
Jack Kiersey 0 (1) 0
Liam Morris 0 (1) 0
Matthew Johnson 0 (0) 0

Everton Under-18 Squad Page at
Everton Under-18 Player Stats at

Players from Last Season: To be added  [Strikethrough indicates players that had left by the start of the 2014-15 season]

Players Leaving by the end of this Season:


 Everton 6 - 1 Bury
U-18 Pre-Season Friendly Match No 1
Tuesday 15 July 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s: O'Loughlin; Myers (60' Robinson), Thorniley (60' Mellen), Yarney (60' Graham), Yates (60' Birch); Walsh (60 Davies) Connolly (60' Bainbridge) Charsley (60' Broadhead); Holland (60' Edge), Kinsella (60 Newell), Dyson (60' Brewster)
Subs not used: N/A  Scorers: Dyson, Holland, Edge, Brewster 2, Newell.

Everton Under-18s began their pre-season schedule in fine style. Fresh after returning from six days of training in Austria, the young Blues welcomed the Shakers to Finch Farm for the first friendly of the summer. And goals from Calum Dyson, Nathan Holland, Charley Edge and George Newell, as well as a brace from Delial Brewster made it a convincing run-out.

Kevin Sheedy's side went ahead midway through the first half when Steven Kinsella ran into the box only to be brought down. Striker Dyson netted the resulting spot-kick. In the second half, Holland bundled home from close range after good work by Dyson before substitute Edge fired in from the edge of the area soon after the hour-mark. The entire outfield was swapped out on the hour-mark, with forwards Brewster and Newell adding their names to the scoresheet, while Bury's late goal was mere consolation.

  Preston North End 3 - 6 Everton

U-18 Pre-Season Friendly Match No 2
Thursday 19 July 2014
Finch Farm

Everton U18s: O'Loughlin; Birch (60' Yates), Graham (60' Myers), Mellen (60' Thorniley), Robinson (60' Yarney); Davies (60' Kinsella), Bainbridge (60' Walsh), Charsley (60' Edge); Brewster, Newell (60' Dyson), Broadhead (60' Holland).
Subs not used: N/A   Scorers: Newell (pen), Brewster, Broadhead, Dyson (2), Walsh.

Everton Under-18s maintained their high pre-season goalscoring rate by beating Preston North End U-18s 6-3 on Thursday afternoon, two days after defeating Bury 6-1.

Everton raced into a three-goal first-half lead after George Newell converted from the penalty spot, Delial Brewster netted with a tidy finish and Nathan Broadhead scored from close-range.

North End then fought back, pulling one back just before the interval and scoring twice in quick succession after the restart. Once again, there were wholesale changes to Everton's outfield on the hour as they retaliated by scoring three further goals to win the game in convincing fashion.

Calum Dyson bagged a brace after twice breaking clear and finishing in impressive fashion, while Liam Walsh wrapped up the victory with a low 20-yard strike.

  Everton 1 - 1 Crewe Alexandra
U-18 Pre-Season Friendly Match No 3
Saturday 19 July 2014

Finch Farm

Everton U18s: O'Loughlin; Yates, Yarney, Mellen, Myers; Charsley, Bainbridge, Birch; Broadhead (80' Kinsella), Newell (80' Holland), Brewster. 
Subs not used: N/A   Scorers: Brewster

Everton Under-18s continued their unbeaten pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw in a close affair against Crewe Alexandra.

It was goalless until the second half when Delial Brewster put the Toffees ahead with his fourth goal in three games. But Crewe persevered and grabbed an equaliser before the end.

 Everton 1 - 0 Wigan Athletic
U-18 Pre-Season Friendly Match No 4
Tuesday 22 July 201

Finch Farm, Kirkby

Everton U18s:   O'Loughlin; Yates (45' Birch), Yarney (45' Graham), Mellen Myers; Bainbridge, Davies (45' Charlsey), Connolly; Newell (45' Kinsella), Broadhead (45' Holland), Brewster (45 'Dyson).
Subs not used: None.  Scorers: Charsley.

Harry Charsley's neat second-half effort ensured Kevin Sheedy's side remain unbeaten as they aim to reach peak fitness and form ahead of the new campaign.    Despite passing the ball well in the first period, the Blues struggled to create many openings and thus went in level at the break.  

Six changes for the second half brought about greater creativity however – and eventually the Toffees would break down their Lancashire opponents.   Midfielder Charsley hounded a Latics defender before intercepting an attempted pass and chipping smartly over the onrushing goalkeeper on 65 minutes.  

Additional opportunities were squandered before Callum Connolly struck the crossbar and a well-worked Everton team goal was ruled out for offside.

 Leeds United 2 - 2 Everton
U-18 Pre-Season Friendly Match No 5:
Thursday 24 July 2014


Everton U18s:   Hewelt; Yates (70' Charsley), Yarney, Mellen (80' Graham), Myers; Connolly, Davies (55' Dyson), Bainbridge; Broadhead (70' Birch), Newell (75' Brewster), Kinsella (60' Holland).
Subs not used: None.  Scorers: Dyson, Holland

The hosts took the lead on 20 minutes when a clumsy challenge in the area resulted in a well-taken penalty.  The Blues recovered and, following a few changes in the second half, found themselves level through Calum Dyson. Nathan Holland created the opening in drifting in from the wide left and surging past defenders. His shot was saved by the goalkeeper but striker Dyson was on hand to finish.

Chances came soon after for Delial Brewster and Dyson again, but it would be Leeds to find the net next. With five minutes to go, slack defending allowed a low shot to find its way home and leave Everton facing their first defeat of pre-season.

But the impressive Holland picked up the ball in the closing stages, dribbling beyond his markers and fired a right-foot shot low into the bottom corner.


 Everton 4 - 0 Glasgow Celtic
U-18 Pre-Season Friendly Match No 6:
Saturday 26 July 2014

Finch Farm

Everton:  Hewelt Birch; Yarney, Graham, Myers, Conolly; Davies (60' Yates), Bainbridge, Holland (60' Newell); Kinsella, Brewster.
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Connolly, Brewster, Davies.

Everton's Under-18s continued their unbeaten pre-season run with a 4-0 demolition of Celtic on Saturday. Callum Connolly bagged a brace, one of which was a stunning free-kick. Other goals came from in-form striker Delial Brewster and midfielder Tom Davies. The Blues played some attractive football throughout as they warmed up for the Durban U19 tournament in fine style.


 Santos U19s 2 - 0 Everton U18s
U-18 Pre-Season Durban U19 Tournament, Match No 1:
Friday 1 August 2014

Durban, South Africa

Everton:  Hewelt; Birch, Connolly, Graham, Thorniley (84' Myers); Charsley, Walsh (71' Kinsella), Davies (78' Bainbridge); Dowell Dyson  (61 Holland)Brewster  (82 Newell)
Subs not used:   O'Loughlin, Broadhead, Yarney, Yates.  Scorers: None.

A goal in each half condemned Everton to defeat as they kicked off their Durban Under-19 International Tournament campaign against Santos.

The Blues competed well with their South American opposition but were regularly frustrated by the Brazilians’ ability to keep the ball, thus denying Sheedy’s side the chance to impose their own possession-based game. Santos were quick out of the blocks and had the ball in the net inside the first two minutes, only to have it ruled offside.

That should have sounded a warning for Everton but the South Americans continued to enjoy the better chances. Mateusz Hewelt was kept busy throughout the first half, saving well from Caio Silva, Joao Gomes and Matheus Silva. In a rare foray forward, right back Arlen Birch shot straight at keeper John Furtado.

But Santos’s pressure soon told and Matheus Silva skipped past a couple of defenders and fired past Hewelt with four minutes of the first half remaining.
Sheedy’s side reacted to going behind after the break and Calum Dyson nodded a tough chance narrowly over the bar, before Delial Brewster seized on a loose pass and tried to guide the ball past the onrushing keeper, only to see it trickle wide.

Just a minute after Brewster’s chance, Santos doubled their lead. Leonardo Assis crossed low and James Graham unfortunately guided the ball past Hewelt.

With the game won, Santos reverted to keep ball, frustrating the Blues, although substitute George Newell fizzed a shot inches past the post late on.


 Feyenoord U19s 2 - 1 Everton U18s
U-18 Pre-Season Durban U19 Tournament, Match No 2:
Sunday 3 August 2014

Durban, South Africa

Everton:  Hewelt; Birch (70 Yates), Connolly, Graham (76 Yarney), Thorniley; Charsley, Walsh (84 Holland), Davies (72 Bainbrdge); Dowell Dyson (78 Broadhead) Brewster.
Subs not used:  O'Loughlin, Newell, Mellen, Myers.  Scorers: Brewster.

Two costly mistakes cancelled out Delial Brewster’s fine strike just before half time to leave Feyenoord on four points, two behind leaders Santos with just one more game to play. The result was especially harsh on Everton who dominated the game from start to finish. Indeed, by the end of the game, the local support had audibly swung in the Blues’ favour.

A bright start from the Toffees saw them hit their stride early on but with just eight minutes on the clock, Feyenoord went ahead after a ball across the box evaded everyone but the Dutch left winger who thumped past Mateusz Hewelt. Unperturbed, Everton continued to impose their will on proceedings and after Kieran Dowell saw a shot saved, Brewster smashed the follow up against the post. A huge shout for handball in the box was turned down after 21 minutes as Everton continued to press, Liam Walsh driving straight at the goalkeeper.

Finally the deserved equaliser arrived, and in some style. Dowell fed Brewster down the left, just inside the Feyenoord half, and the young striker breezed past a defender before coolly slotting home. The interval made no difference to Everton’s dominance. Harry Charsley blazed over early on, while Brewster was only denied a second goal buy a superb reaction save from the Dutch keeper after he collected a Tom Davies knockdown, swivelled and arrowed a shot on goal. However, on 63 minutes, Feyenoord went ahead, snatching possession 30 yards from goal, before firing home despite the best efforts of Hewelt.

Again the Blues pressed forward but Calum Dyson could only nod a close range header straight at the goalkeeper, while Callum Connolly saw an effort saved. Brewster had another well-struck attempt somehow blocked by the Feyenoord glovesman, before he was played in behind the defence. His pace took him free of the defenders but his chip bounced agonisingly wide of the target. The striker would have the final chance of the match but a last-minute header from a corner bounced the wrong side of the post as Everton, despite a fantastic performance, couldn’t quite find the goal that would give them a tournament lifeline.


 South Africa U19s 1 - 1 Everton U18s
U-18 Pre-Season Durban U19 Tournament, Match No 3:
Tuesday 5 August 2014

Durban, South Africa

Everton:  O'Loughlin, Yates, Mellen, Yarney, Thorniley (61' Graham),  Bainbridge, Connolly (61' Davies),  Broadhead (76' Brewster)  Holland, Kinsella (71' Dyson),  Newell (81' Birch) .
Subs not used: Hewelt, Charsley, Dowell.  Scorers: Newell.

South Africa Under-19s played to a 1-1 draw with Everton U18s, but may feel the more aggrieved having had the lion’s share of the chances. They were ahead in bizarre circumstances when Everton defender Jordan Thorniley’s clearance hit Mpho Khumalo and bounced back into the net.

Everton drew level though as George Newell provided an excellent turn and finish making it 1-1, which was how it stayed. Feyenoord secured a 2-1 win over Santos that took them to the top of Group B, despite Santo’s loss, both sides advance to the semi-finals, leaving Everton's youngsters at the bottom of the group, without a win, and heading home early. 



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