Wrexham 2 - 3 Everton U21s

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Kieran Dowell struck twice as Everton Under-21s recorded their second pre-season victory in as many games. Having defeated Burscough on Wednesday, the young Blues were given a sterner test of their credentials by their Welsh opponents.

It was the hosts who carved out the early chances. Inside the opening 10 minutes Tom Davies bravely blocked from Sean Newton then Blaine Hudson nodded wide. But just a minute after that header, Dowell opened the scoring.

Neat build-up play resulted with Antonee Robinson finding the forward unmarked in the area, and he sent a tidy finish past Cameron Belford. The Blues added to their lead 10 minutes later, Liam Walsh perfectly weighting a pass for David Henen down the left, and when the Belgian cut it back, there was Joe Williams to side-foot home.

But inside nine minutes, Wrexham were level. First Connor Jennings poked in from a corner then Manny Smith nodded past Mateusz Hewelt. But with half time approaching, Everton went back in front. After Walsh was sent tumbling trying to break, the loose ball fell to Dowell. He ran at the Wrexham defence, and after siting the bottom corner, arrowed the ball into the net from range.

Unsworth rang the changes on the hour mark, swapping all but two of his line-up but that didn't halt Everton's rhythm. Michael Donohue, one of the replacements, went close with a left-foot shot after bursting into the box.

Dragons sub Kayden Jackson dragged a shot wide and Wes York fired over as the home side applied late pressure. But the Toffees were comfortably able to see the game out, meaning they head to Ireland off the back of a successful week, with two wins from two games.

Everton U21s: Hewelt, Jones (60' Yates), Robinson (60' Connolly), Graham (75' Thorniley), Thorniley (60' Bainbridge), Walsh (60' Ledson), Williams (60' Junior), Davies (60' Charsley), Dowell (60' Donohue), Henen (60' Dyson), Byrne (60' Hurst).
Subs not Used: Hunt.


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Bill Griffiths
1 Posted 11/07/2015 at 21:09:04
In 60-odd years of supporting Everton, that was the first time I've watched any game other than the first team, other than the 1998 Youth Cup final when we beat Blackburn Rovers. Got to say that, in the main, I was quite impressed.

The first half was pretty even on the whole. Everton, while looking good going forward, were not so impressive at back especially the two centre backs who we being given a hard time by Wrexham's forwards, especially from corners and set pieces. This perhaps should be expected in that they were up against bigger stronger experienced pros.

In my eyes, the only two players who stood out from the starting 11 were Kieran Dowell and Antonee Robinson (Left Back). Henen while not greatly impressive did show a few glimpses of what he's capable of. Hewelt in goal was pretty steady apart from one howler when he came out for a catch and missed it altogether.

Liam Walsh was quite impressive with his attitude and work rate. He was always demanding the ball and wanting to run things. I don't know anything about him but he is small and slight and looks very young. While trying very hard he was easily knocked off the ball against older bigger opponents.

Other than the aforementioned the remainder where steady whilst nothing special, at least on this performance.

In the second half, Everton were more impressive and more or less controlled the game and held out for the win pretty comfortably. On the whole they seemed more solid as a unit defensively with nearly all the nine replacements putting in a good shift and looking full of potential. Donohue, Ledson, Charsley & Francisco Junior were perhaps the pick though as I've said all 9 played well and showed glimpses of potential. Got to say, I'd forgotten about Francisco Junior but he looked to have lots of skill/talent but could do with being a bit stronger.

I know it's only 1 game but based on what I saw today the future could be bright for several players on view today as well as for The Blues in the future.

Harold Matthews
2 Posted 12/07/2015 at 00:03:38
Thanks Bill. We definitely need an U21 reporter. Hope you continue to keep us up to date now and then.
Matthew Williams
3 Posted 12/07/2015 at 13:46:48
Well played, lads, we always beat Wrexham!

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