Everton collapse in U23s mini-derby

Monday, 16 April, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23 1 - 3 Liverpool U23

Everton Under-23s took on Liverpool in Southport but saw a really strong start evaporate following a dubious penalty award favouring the visitors in the first half.

David Unsworth's side played their final home match of the season in Premier League 2 at the Merseyrail Community Stadium and started the game well when Josh Bowler struck the post and Frasier Hornby forced a save from the keeper with a firm header.

The visitors scored two quick goals against the run of play midway through the first period, however. First when the referee awarded a frustratingly soft penalty against Hornby and Dominick Solanke converted from spot.

Shortly afterwards, Camacho was allowed to get down the right flank to the byline and cross where Blues skipper Lewis Gibson turned the ball past Mateusz Hewelt to score an unfortunate own goal.

Everton tried to respond following great work by Nathan Broadhead but when David Henen centred and the ball eventually fell to Bowler, the keeper blocked his shot with his chest.

Everton stuck at their task in what had become a more even contest in terms of possession and Henen had a great chance in the stroke of half time when he was put clean through but the Belgian delayed too long and ultimately had the chance closed down.

Ward in the Liverpool goal made another stop early in the second half to deny Bowler after the winger had moved into a more central role following the withdrawal of Conor Grant from midfield and the introduction of Danny Bramall.

Later in the half, after Solanke and Hornby had gone into the book following a set-to, Gibson had to clear off the line to deny the Liverpool striker a third goal for the reds.

Matters did get worse for Everton not long afterwards. Hewelt flapped badly at a deep cross from the right, an attempted clearance was skied back into his six-yard box where he once again missed his punch and the ball dropped over the line via the leg of visiting defender Phillips.

Bassala Sambou came off the bench to score a well-taken consolation goal.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Ouzounidis, Gibson {c}, Foulds, Bowler, Denny, Grant (46' Bramall), Henen [Y], Broadhead (61' Sambou), Hornby [Y].

Subs not Used: Hilton, Mampala, Tarashaj.