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Everton Under-18s, 2017-18

Lineups, scores and brief match details for Everton Academy Under-18s side from Finch Farm.

[FA Youth Cup, 2017-18]

·Results & Fixtures  A record of Everton's Under-18 matches during the season
·League Setup  An explanation of the new 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

Everton Under-18s play the majority of their matches at Finch Farm. But there's been no news of the new mini-stadium at the club's Halewood training complex, announced under Roberto Martinez, that was intended to improve the facilities by 2017.


U18 Premier League ― North Group All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Sat 12 Aug Stoke City (H) 2 - 2 Gordon, Adedoyin USM Finch Farm PLN: 1
  Sat 19 Aug Derby County (H)   1 - 3 Adedoyin USM Finch Farm PLN: 2
  Sat 26 Aug West Brom (A)   7 - 1 Gordon 4, Mampala, Hornby, Denny, WBAFC Training Ground PLN: 3
  Sat  5 Sep Oldham Athletic (H)   2 - 4 Duke-McKenna, __________ USM Finch Farm LaSC:1
  Sat  9 Sep Middlesbrough (H)   2 - 1 Mampala, Collins USM Finch Farm PLN: 4
  Sat 16 Sep West Brom (H)   1 - 0 Simms USM Finch Farm PLC:A1
  Fri 22 Sep Liverpool (A)   1 - 3 Gordon Kirkby Academy PLN: 5
  Sat 30 Sep Manchester United (H)   1 - 1 Adedoyin USM Finch Farm PLN: 6
  Sat 14 Oct Sunderland (A) 5 - 1 Gordon 2, Mampala 3 SFC Training Ground PLN: 7
Sat 21 Oct Manchester City (H)   5 - 3 Mampala, Gordon 2, Hornby, Corke USM Finch Farm PLN: 8
  Fri  3 Nov Swansea City (H)   2 - 0 Hornby 2 USM Finch Farm PLC:A2
  Sat 18 Nov Newcastle United (A)   2 - 1 Mampala, Gordon Newcastle Utd Academy PLN: 9
  Sat 25 Nov Blackburn Rovers (A)   2 - 1 Duke-McKenna, Gordon BRFC Training Ground PLN:10
  Sat  2 Dec Derby County (A)   0 - 1   USM Finch Farm PLC:A3
  Fri   8 Dec Ipswich Town (H)   1 - 2 Adedoyin USM Finch Farm FAYC:3
  Sat  6 Jan Derby County (A)   2 - 1 Gordon, Mampala DCFC Training Ground PLN:11
  Sat 13 Jan Stoke City (A)   1 - 2 Richards Clayton Wood PLN:12
  Sat 20 Jan West Brom (H)   3 - 2 Adedoyin, Mampala, Gordon USM Finch Farm PLN:13
  Sat 27 Jan Fulham (H)   2 - 0 Gordon, Abraham (og) USM Finch Farm PLC:QF
  Sat 10 Feb Liverpool (H)   3 - 1 Richards, Scully, Mampala USM Finch Farm PLN:14
  Sat 17 Feb Chelsea (H)   0 - 1   USM Finch Farm PLC:SF
  Sat 24 Feb Manchester United (A)   1 - 4 Simms Aon Training Complex PLN:15
  Tue  6 Mar Wolves (H)   1 - 1 Mampala USM Finch Farm PLN:16
  Sat 17 Mar Newcastle United (H)   7 - 0 Hunt, Simms, Adedoyin 4, Scully USM Finch Farm PLN:17
  Sat 24 Mar Middlesbrough (A)   1 - 1 Simms Rockliffe Park  PLN:18
  Sat  7 Apr Manchester City (A)   1 - 6 Adedoyin City Football Academy PLN:19
  Tue 10 Apr Sunderland (H)   0 - 2   USM Finch Farm PLN:20
  Sat 14 Apr Blackburn Rovers (H)   3 - 2 Simms, Adedoyin, Zuk USM Finch Farm PLN:21
  Sat 21 Apr Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)   0 - 2   Hayward Training Ground PLN:22

FA U18 PREMIER LEAGUE, Northern Group Table, 2016-17

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United 22 15 3 4 65 33 32 48
2 Manchester City 22 13 3 6 58 34 24 42
3 Liverpool 22 11 5 6 50 35 15 38
4 Stoke City 22 11 4 7 49 34 15 37
5 Everton 22 11 4 7 51 41 10 37
6 Derby County 22 9 6 7 45 38 7 33
7 Sunderland 22 10 2 10 39 44 -5 32
8 West Brom 22 7 5 10 49 57 -8 26
9 Middlesbrough 22 6 7 9 37 52 -15 25
10 Newcastle United 22 6 6 10 37 48 -11 24
11 Wolves 22 5 4 13 31 53 -22 19
12 Blackburn Rovers 22 3 1 18 28 70 -42 10

FA U18 Premier League

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 set-up for the 2017-18 season:

  • 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 15 clubs from the Premier League, five clubs from the Championship and one club from League One.
  • The 24 clubs are split into two separate regional groups, North and South.
  • Clubs will play each opposing club in their own regional group twice, both home and away.  Overall, the regional phase will last for 22 matches.
  • The top teams in each group face each other to determine the national champion.

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 2017-18 U18 Premier League are:

Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Sunderland, West Brom, Wolves

The 12 clubs in the South Group of the 2017-18 U18 Premier League are:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham, West Ham

U18 Premier League Cup

New this season, the Under-18 Premier League Cup is intended to add the extra competitive edge of knockout football to complement the U18 Premier League schedule. Except that the intial games are in min-league format. 

The U18 Premier League Cup is initially split into six groups of four teams, with clubs playing each other once in the group stage, either home or away. The six group winners and the two best runners-up, decided by total points and then goal difference followed by head-to-head record, will advance to the quarter-finals.

Knockout ties are all one-off matches, decided by extra-time if level after 90 minutes and then penalties if required. The U18 Premier League Cup group stage draw are dependent on finishing position. Chelsea were the first winners of the competition in March 2018, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final at Cobham Training Ground.

Under-18 Premier League – Match Details, 2017-18

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-18 matches during the 2016-17 Season.

Everton 2 - 2 Stoke City

U18 Premier League North, Game #1
Saturday 12 August 2017
USM Finch Farm

Goals from Gordon and Adedoyin gave the Blues a 2-goal lead at the break but a red card for Stoke player in the second half gave them a false sense of security and they allowed two goals in the last 25 minutes to squander the lead and two of the three points.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Duke-McKenna, Moore, Denny [Y], Ouzounidis, Scully, Adedoyin (69' Carroll), Kerr, Simms (63' Zuk), Gordon, Mampala [Y].
Subs not Used: Murphy, Anderson, Richards.

Everton 1 - 3 Derby County

U18 Premier League North, Game #2
Saturday 19 August 2017
USM Finch Farm

In windy conditions, the visitors opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Connor Dixon seized on a defensive error and finished with aplomb.

Paul Tait's troops responded well and Korede Adedoyin's second goal in as many games got the Toffees back on level terms six minutes before the interval.

The Rams, however, managed to hit the front again on the stroke of half-time, with Jayden Bogle's effort allowed to stand despite a strong challenge on goalkeeper Joe Hilton in the build-up.

The hosts enjoyed more possession in the second period but could not find another way through a resolute Derby defence.

Dixon then rounded off a swift counter-attack to register his second of the game late on, before Everton were reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes when Adedoyin was sent off.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Duke-McKenna, Moore, Denny, Ouzounidis, Scully (65' Zuk), Adedoyin [R:87'], Kerr, Simms, Gordon (75' Anderson), Mampala.
Subs not Used: Murphy, Richards, Carroll.

West Bromwich Albion 1 - 7 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #3
Saturday 26 August 2017
USM Finch Farm

A four-goal display from midfielder Anthony Gordon helped Everton Under-18s come from behind to record a stunning 7-1 away victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Paul Tait's young Blues went behind early on, but responded as Fraser Hornby netted an equaliser on his first appearance after six months out with an injury.

An incredible second half followed, with the Toffees flying out of the blocks and taking the lead, courtesy of quick-fire goals from Alex Denny and Gordon.

Gordon's work was far from over, though, as he netted three more times - two of which came from the penalty spot - before the full-time whistle.

Manasse Mampala also opened his account for the season as Everton ran riot in the Midlands.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Moore, Ouzounidis, Duke-McKenna, Hornby (60' Simms), Denny, Collins, Kerr (70' Scully), Anderson (74' Mampala), Gordon, Richards.
Subs not Used: Johnson, Astley.

Everton 2 - 1 Middlesbrough

U18 Premier League North, Game #4
Saturday 9 September 2017
USM Finch Farm

First-half goals from Manasse Mampala and Michael Collins gave Everton Under-18s a deserved 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at USM Finch Farm on Saturday.

The young Blues scored with less than a minute on the clock. Alex Denny pounced on a loose ball before finding Stephen Duke-McKenna, whose defence-splitting pass released Mampala to finish first time into the far corner of the net.

Three minutes before the interval, the hosts would get the second goal their dominance deserved. Duke-McKenna swung in a lovely, arced corner from the right and it was powerfully headed home by Blues centre-back Collins at the near post.

Four minutes into the second half, the visitors did reduce the deficit. The Blues continued to press for a third, with Sid Kerr firing over from the edge of the box, before McKenna was denied with a superb save.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Kerr, Mampala (71' Adedoyin), Gordon (83' Simms), Anderson (78' Scully).
Subs not Used: Johnson, Zuk.

Liverpool 3 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #5
Saturday 22 September 2017
Kirkby Academy

Everton U18s travelled the short distance to Liverpool's Kirkby Academy this evening and gave up a 1-0 lead, eventually losing 3-1 to Liverpool's youngsters.

The Blues were full of confidence after a run of three consecutive victories in all competitions.

However, after Anthony Gordon had scored to put Everton ahead, the goalscorer was substituted along with Hornby, the Blues sat back a bit and paid the price as Jones grabbed a brace and Camacho scored Liverpool's third.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny [Y], Duke-McKenna, Kerr (74' Simms), Hornby (64' Mampala), Gordon (64' Iversen), Anderson [Y].
Subs not Used: Johnson, Scully.

Everton 1 - 1 Manchester United

U18 Premier League North, Game #6
Saturday 30 September 2017
USM Finch Farm

Korede Adedoyin put the Blues ahead inside the opening minute of the second half, but the visitors restored parity on the hour.

Despite a gripping second half, the match was a somewhat tame affair before the break, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut openings.

Blues boss Paul Tait made a double substitution at the interval, bringing on both Ellis Simms and Adedoyin for Manasse Mampala and Anderson respectively. And the duo made the perfect impact by helping to fire Everton ahead inside 60 seconds.

Simms collected Michael Collins's long ball forward before playing the ball out to Elliot Richards on the right. The full-back then crossed for Adedoyin, whose powerful header found the bottom corner of the net.

The end-to-end pace continued after Man Utd's equalizer with both sides going close to snatching all three points.

In the final moments of the game, Tait's side were denied all three points by the woodwork.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Kerr (74' Iverson), Mampala (46' Simms), Gordon, Anderson (46' Adedoyin).
Subs not used: Johnson, Scully.

Sunderland 1 - 5 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #7
Saturday 14 October 2017
SFC Training Ground

Anthony Gordon gave Everton a flying start to the fixture at the northeast side's Academy of Light, the prolific attacking midfielder netting twice inside nine minutes.

Striker Manasse Mampala then took over, firing in two goals shortly before half-time and completing his hat-trick just after the hour mark.

The hosts responded with five minutes remaining to deny the young Blues a clean sheet — but they had long since secured the three points which lifted them a place into 3rd in the Premier League Under-18 North division.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Moore, Anderson, Collins, Ouzounidis (58' Richards), Denny (58' Kerr), Duke-McKenna, Scully, Mampala (64' Adedoyin), Gordon, Iversen.
Subs not Used: Johnson, Corke.

Everton 5 - 3 Manchester City

U18 Premier League North, Game #8
Saturday 21 October 2017
USM Finch Farm

Manchester City, unbeaten, faced a Blues side fresh from an emphatic 5-1 win over Sunderland in their last outing, who continued where they had left off against by taking the lead inside the opening minute. Manasse Mampala latched onto Anthony Gordon's through ball before coolly finishing past City keeper.

Two minutes later and Tait's side were handed a golden opportunity to double their lead when Gordon was tripped inside the City box, but his sot-kick was saved only for to City to equalize with their first chance of the game.... and City went further ahead on 19 mins.

The young Blues weathered the City storm and levelled on the stroke of half-time, with Mampala this time turning provider for Gordon.

The second half was a much more one-sided affair with Paul Tait's side dominating from the first whistle. And on 57 minutes, the young Blues' dominance was rewarded with Gordon collecting his second of the game.

Coach Tait then decided to freshen things up by introducing Fraser Hornby and the forward had an immediate impact by bagging the young Blues' fourth of the game. Gordon ghosted past two City defenders before finding Hornby, who turned his man with ease and fired an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net.

Eight minutes later, and Hornby notched his second by finishing off a fine team move. Denny and Gordon combined before the latter fed Mampala whose low cross was turned home at the back post by Hornby.

City would get one back but it was another five goals for the rampant Young Blues.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Scully, Mampala (80' Adedoyin), Gordon (87' Corke), Iversen (63' Hornby).
Subs not Used: Johnson, Kerr.

Newcastle United 1 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #9
Saturday 18 November 2017
Newcastle Utd Academy

Anthony Gordon struck deep into second-half stoppage time to secure a deserved 2-1 away win over Newcastle United and extend the Under-18s’ unbeaten run to five games.

Manasse Mampala superbly headed home a corner to open the scoring on Tyneside, but the hosts pulled level on the stroke of half-time after catching out the young Blues with a swift counter-attack.

The Toffees continued to dominate proceedings in the second period and were eventually rewarded in the 92nd minute when Congolese-born forward Mampala turned provider, playing in Gordon to fire home from acute angle for his 11th goal of the campaign.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Richards, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny [Y], Duke-McKenna (83' Kerr), Scully (62' Adedoyin), Mampala, Gordon, Iversen (46' Anderson).
Subs not Used: Johnson, Corke.

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #10
Saturday 25 November 2017
Blackburn Rovers Training Centre (Brockhall Village, Lancashire)

Everton U18s secured a fine win at Blackburn Rovers after going behind in the first 5 minutes.

Paul Tait claimed his Everton Under-18 players were a "joy to be around" after the young Blues maintained their title bid with a determined 2-1 victory at Blackburn Rovers.

Tait's Everton suffered an early blow when Rovers striker Kyle Connell's fifth-minute, 25-yard thunderbolt defeated the Toffees' American goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen.

But after withstanding an aerial barrage from their hosts, the Blues gradually asserted their superiority on the contest and midfielder Stephen Duke-McKenna levelled 11 minutes before the break.

Anthony Gordon stroked home from the spot on 52 minutes for his 12th goal in 10 league outings this season following a foul on centre-forward Manasse Mampala in the box.

Blackburn defender Hayden Carter was dismissed after collecting his second booking with three minutes to play, as Everton comfortably repelled their opponents late in the match to complete a fourth Under-18 Premier League success on the bounce.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Anderson, Collins, Richards, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Kerr (74' Adedoyin), Mampala (90+3' Warren), Gordon (84' Scully), Iversen.
Subs not Used: Johnson, Corke.

Derby County 1 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #11
Saturday 6 January 2018
Moor Farm, Derby

Everton U18s have beaten Derby County 2-1 at their training ground after prolific pair Anthony Gordon and Manasse Mampala both picked up where they left off in 2017 to give them a 2-0 half-time lead.

The hosts halved the deficit 5 minutes after the break, but Everton battened down the hatches to resist a Derby onslaught and secure a fifth successive Under-18 Premier League victory.

Everton U18s: Johnson; Moore [Y], Duke-McKenna, Collins, Richards; Denny, Scully (78' Kerr); Adedoyin (67' Zuk), Gordon (88' McKeown), Iversen, Mampala.
Subs not Used: Murphy, Simms.

Stoke Cityty 2 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #12
Saturday 13 January 2018
Clayton Wood Training Ground, Stoke

Everton U18s came unstuck against Stoke City U18s by the odd goal in three scored in the last 10 mins to lose Saturday's game 2-1 at the Clayton Wood Training Ground.

Mampala thumped the woodwork on 62 minutes and 17 minutes later spurned a good opportunity from close range.

But they “switched off” late into the game after conceding on 85 and 87 minutes. But despite centre-back Elliot Richards stabbing home in the dying stages to halve Everton's deficit, the visitors could not extend their six-match unbeaten league run.

Everton U18s: Johnson [Y]; Moore, Duke-McKenna, Collins, Richards; Denny, Scully (57' Zuk); Adedoyin (65' Simms), Gordon, Iversen [Y], Mampala.
Subs not Used: Murphy, McKeown, Anderson.

Everton 3 - 2 West Bromwich Albion

U18 Premier League North, Game #13
Saturday 20 January 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s edged West Bromwich Albion in a five-goal thriller at USM Finch Farm on Saturday.

A brace from Manasse Mampala either side of an Anthony Gordon wonder strike ensured the young Blues collected their first three points of 2018.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Denny, Moore (46' Anderson), Collins, Richards, Scully, Adedoyin (61' Simms), Iversen (46' Zuk), Mampala [Y], Duke-McKenna, Gordon.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, McKeown.

Everton 3 - 1 Liverpool

U18 Premier League North, Game #14
Saturday 10 February 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton's U18s emerged victorious against local rivals Liverpool following a 3-1 win at USM Finch Farm today.

Captain Elliot Richards set them on their way with a header in the 4th minute and Tom Scully added a second 21 minutes later to make it 2-0.

The lead was stretched to three goals when Manasse Mampala converted following Anthony Gordon's pass.

Glen McAuley pulled a goal back for the reds just before half time but Everton held firm to take the points.

Everton U18s: Defreitas-Hansen, Moore, Anderson, Astley, Richards, Scully [Y], Mampala (90' Carroll), Warren, Simms (72' Adedoyin), Duke-McKenna and Gordon (62' McKeown).
Subs not Used: Murphy, Stanley.

Manchester United 2 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #15
Saturday 24 February 2018
The Trafford Training Centre, Carrington

Everton U18s were thumped 4-1, Ellis Simms getting the consolation goal.

The Blues would have gone top of the U18 Premier League Northern Division with victory at Carrington, but were comfortably beaten by a talented Red Devils side.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Moore, Anderson, Astley, Richards, Scully, Mampala [Y], Duke-McKenna (83' Warren), Simms, Zuk (46' Adedoyin), Gordon (83' McKeown).
Subs not Used: Murphy, Stanley.

Everton 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

U18 Premier League North, Game #16
Tuesday 6 March 2018
USM Finch Farm

Manasse Mampala lashed home a stunning late volley to secure Everton Under-18s a 1-1 draw with Wolves at USM Finch Farm and keep the pressure on Manchester United at the top of the U18 Premier League.

It was Everton who had the best chance of the first half after just a matter of seconds. Following a knockdown from Ellis Simms, Mampala ran through the visitors' defence, before unleashing a hard, low shot, which was kept out by the goalkeeper.

On 10 minutes, Korede Adedoyin was able to pose his opposite number some problems, twice beating his man and releasing crosses, both unfortunately evading Simms in the centre. But 7 minutes into the second half Wolves opened the scoring. The ball was whipped into the box from the right-hand side to Giles who got his shot away, only for Hansen to pull off a good save. Taylor Perry was first to the rebound, however, with the alert midfielder volleying into the corner.

On the hour mark, coach Paul Tait switched things up by bringing Pawel Zuk and Ethan Warnock - but Wolves were the next to create another opportunity. An almost carbon copy of the goal nearly brought the away side a second, but Perry could not keep his shot down sufficiently to double his side's lead.

With 15 minutes to go, Everton started to crank up the pressure after Elliot Richards had the ball in the net from a Tom Scully free-kick, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside.

Six minutes later the Blues came close again, as Mampala struck the post following a nice move involving Warnock and Scully. No matter. Mampala soon had his goal, expertly meeting a Tom Warren cross to volley home above Wolves 'keeper Smith, levelling the scores and ensuring Everton climb above Liverpool into second.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Anderson, (62' Warnock), Astley, Richards, Scully, Mampala, Warren, Simms, Duke-McKenna (61' Zuk), Adedoyin.
Subs not Used: Murphy, Corke, Stanley.

Everton 7 - 0 Newcastle United

U18 Premier League North, Game #17
Saturday 17 March 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s coach Paul Tait described his side's performance as “fantastic” after they hit seven goals past Newcastle United at USM Finch Farm on Saturday afternoon.

Korede Adedoyin scored four times while Mackenzie Hunt, Ellis Simms and Tom Scully also added their names to the scoresheet to ensure the young Blues returned to winning ways.

The hosts got off to perfect start against Newcastle – managed by Everton's FA Cup-winning captain Dave Watson - with Hunt, promoted from the Club's Under-16s side, firing them ahead after just three minutes.

Bobby Carroll, also promoted from the Under-16s, fed Simms who saw his low effort saved by Will Brown in the Newcastle goal, but Hunt was on hand to turn home the rebound.

Before Tait's side doubled their lead on 24 minutes. Scully drove into the Newcastle box before seeing his attempted pass blocked, but the ball the fell kindly Simms who drove a low effort into the bottom corner of the net.

Three minutes later and the young Blues had a third. The visitors failed to clear Scully's corner with Carroll's cross back into the box flicked into the path of Adedoyin who simply couldn't miss from six yards out.

The visitors' best chance of the game arrived just before the half-time break. Michael Collins brought down Thomas Cole on the edge of the Blues box and from resulting free-kick Elias Sorensen curled the ball just wide of Harry Tyrer's far post.

But a minute into the second half and the hosts put the game firmly out of Watson's side's reach with Adedoyin collecting his second of the afternoon.

After dispossessing Lucas Gamblin, the winger drove into the United box before checking back inside and finishing into the bottom corner of the net.

Further chances followed for the young Blues with Carroll blazing over before Brown did well to tip Hunt's effort around the post after the right-winger had raced clear.

Hunt was powerless in preventing Adedoyin from his hat-trick and the young Blues' fifth of the afternoon, though. Tom Warren and Carroll combined before the latter teed up Adedoyin who side-footed into the far corner of the net.

Adedoyin, however, saved his best for last. Picking the ball up, the already hat-trick hero ghosted past three Newcastle defenders before letting fly with a stunning curling effort that flew beyond the reach of the diving Brown and into the far corner of the net.

With 10 minutes remaining, Tait's side completed the rout, Scully picking up a goal his performance warranted. The central midfielder saw his free-kick, from around 35 yards out, evade a crowded penalty area including Brown, with the ball nestling into the bottom corner of the net.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Corke (76' Warnock), Richards, Anderson (75' McKeown), Collins, Scully, Carroll, Warren, Hunt, Simms ('67 Stanley), Adedoyin.
Subs not Used: Murphy, Ball.

Middlesbrough 1 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #18
Saturday 24 March 2018
Rockliffe Park

A very late goal from Ellis Simms in added time saved a point for Everton U18s against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Everton's line-up included Nathan Baxter, who has been out with a terrible injury for a very long time. Also, three players from the Under-16s: Ryan Astley, Bobby Carroll and Mackenzie Hunt all started the game.

The home side had gone ahead soon after half-time at their Rockliffe Park venue in County Durham and it was one of Everton's two substitutes, Kameron Stanley, who saw red in a fracas that developed after Everton's equalizing goal had been scored.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Baxter, Anderson (65' Warnock), Astley, Richards, Warren, Adedoyin, Carroll [Y], Simms, Hunt (71' Stanley [R]), Mampala.
Subs not Used: Murphy, Hughes, McKeown.

Manchester City 6 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #19
Saturday 24 March 2018
City Academy Stadium, Manchester

Manchester City Under-18s thrashed Everton 6-1 at a rain-soaked Academy Stadium.

After conceding two-goals, Everton's Korede Adedoyin halved the deficit on the half-hour mark but the hosts rallied in the second half, bagging four well-taken goals, to put the game well out of the Toffees' reach.

Everton U18s: Hansen, McKeown (61' Zuk), Warren, Collins, Richards [Y;R], Scully [Y], Adedoyin, Carroll (64' Warnock), Simms, Hunt, Mampala (68' Anderson).
Subs not Used: Murphy, Corke.

Everton 0 - 2 Sunderland

U18 Premier League North, Game #20
Tuesday 10 April 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Sunderland at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday afternoon.

After a tight opening, the young Blues fell behind on 15 minutes when Michael Collins turned a low cross into his own net.

The Black Cats soon went close to doubling their lead, but a low drive was comfortably held by Tom Murphy in the Blues goal.

At the other end, the hosts’ best chance of the first half fell the way of Ellis Simms - but the forward’s right-footed effort from an acute angle rattled off the post.

Seconds after the restart, Sunderland doubled their lead. Paul Tait’s side rallied with both Simms and Korede Adedoyin forcing saves from the Sunderland goalkeeper, before both Collins and substitute Charlie Ball saw efforts blocked late on.

Everton U18s: Murphy, Corke, Joe Anderson (60' Jonathan Anderson), McKeown, Collins, Scully, Zuk (87' Warnock), Warren, Simms, Stanley (60' Ball), Adedoyin.
Suns not Used: N/A.


Everton 3 - 2 Blackburn Rovers

U18 Premier League North, Game #21
Saturday 14 April 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers at USM Finch Farm on Saturday morning.

The hosts got off to the perfect start on 17 minutes when Stephen Duke-McKenna and Ellis Simms combined before the latter released Nathan Moore down the left. Moore swung in a pinpoint cross for the onrushing Simms to head the ball into the far corner of the net.

Two minutes later and the young Blues had a second. Tom Warren broke clear down the right before checking back inside and finding Duke-McKenna. The Blues number 11 then fed Korede Adedoyin who finished right-footed into the bottom corner of the net.

In the second half first, Hansen denied Blackburn before both Tom Scully and Tom Warren saw long-range efforts comfortably dealt with by their goalkeeper.

But with 17 minutes remaining, Rovers handed themselves a lifeline. Hansen’s clearance was seized on and crossed for a first-time finish past the helpless Hansen. And with eight minutes remaining, Rovers got the leveller. A corner was not cleared and when the ball was crossed back into the box, it was flicked into the bottom corner of the Everton net.

To their credit, though, Everton rallied and with five minutes to go, Warren’s cross was only half cleared with the ball falling to substitute Pawel Zuk, who drilled a shot into the bottom corner.

Rovers twice went close to levelling in the closing stages, only for Hansen to deny them and secure the victory.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Warnock, McKeown, Richards, Collins [Y], Adedoyin (46' Zuk), Warren, Simms (82' Anderson), Scully, Duke-McKenna.
Subs not used: Murphy, Stanley, Ball.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 0 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #22
Saturday 21 April 2018
Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Wolverhampton

Everton U18s brought their campaign to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Wolves.

Not a good day for the Blues as the loss sees them slip from the Runners-Up slot behind Champions Manchester United in the U18 Premier League (North) down to 4h as both Liverpool and Stoke City go above them.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Warnock, Collins [Y], Richards, Warren, Duke-McKenna, Carroll (80' Joe Anderson), Simms, Zuk (46' McKeown), Hunt (68' Ball).
Subs not Used: Murphy, Stanley.


U18 Premier League Cup

Everton 1 - 0 West Bromwich Albion

U18 Premier League Cup, Group A, Game #1
Saturday 16 September 2017
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s beat West Brom at USM Finch Farm today with a last-minute goal from Ellis Simms.

The game was Everton's first in the inaugural Under-18s edition of the Premier League Cup.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Kerr, Mampala, Scully, Anderson.
Subs Used: Iversen, Simms; Subs not Used: Murphy, Adedoyin, Zuk.

Everton 2 - 0 Swansea City

U18 Premier League Cup, Group A, Game #2
Friday 3 November 2017
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s coach Paul Tait hailed his side's “aggressive” approach as they battled to victory against Swansea City in the Premier League Cup at USM Finch Farm.

Fraser Hornby's second-half brace was enough to secure a 2-0 win for the young Blues, who remain top of their group with maximum points from two games played.

The hosts had initially struggled to break down a resilient and well-disciplined Swansea backline in the opening 45 minutes.

However, after a tactical switch at the break and the introduction of Hornby, Tait's charges began to find their rhythm. And, after going close on a couple of occasions, it was the substitute who turned home twice to make himself the Toffees' match-winner.

[No further information or teamsheets are available on this match.]

Derby County 1 - 0 Everton

U18 Premier League Cup, Group A, Game #3
Saturday 2 December 2017
Moore Farm

Everton Under-18s qualified for the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup as group winners despite slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Derby County on Saturday. 

A fast counter attack from Everton saw Manasse Mampala put through on goal, with Anthony Gordon beside him, but French was there to smother the striker’s shot well. Morgan Whittaker saw his curling effort tipped wide by Toffees’ keeper Nico Hansen

Jayden Mitchell-Lawson’s second-half penalty proved decisive for the Rams but results elsewhere and Everton’s haul of six points from their first two games in the competition meant their place in the last eight had already been assured before kick off. 

[No further information or teamsheets are available on this match.]

Everton 2 - 0 Fulham

U18 Premier League Cup, Quarterfinals, Game #4
Saturday 27 January 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s advanced into the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup with a 2-0 win over Fulham at USM Finch Farm.

After a tight opening, the young Blues opened the scoring with the game's first real chance. Anthony Gordon and Stephen Duke-McKenna combined before Gordon produced a fine finish from close-range.

Korede Adedoyin then went close to doubling the young Blues' lead - but the forward's header from Nathan Moore's cross was comfortably dealt with by the Fulham goal keeper.

The opening 15 minutes of the second half saw the home team soak up a considerable amount of pressure, but some resolute defending by the young Blues kept the visitors at bay.

And with 20 minutes remaining, the Everton sealed their passage into the last four. Elliot Richards headed Duke-McKenna's free-kick goalwards before the ball was deflected into his own net by Abraham.

Ten minutes from time and the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Nicolas Santos saw red for a late tackle on Joe Anderson, before Tait's side went close to adding a third in stoppage time as substitute Pawel Zuk headed against the post.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Anderson, Collins, Richards [Y], Denny, Adedoyin, Scully (69' Iversen), Mampala, Duke-McKenna, Gordon (69' Zuk).
Subs not used: Murphy, Simms, McKeown.

Everton 0 - 1 Chelsea

U18 Premier League Cup, Semifinals, Game #5
Saturday 17 February 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s were narrowly beaten by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup at USM Finch Farm today.

The young Blues went into the game on the back of a hard-fought league victory over Liverpool — and had reached the last four of this competition after dispatching Fulham in the quarter-finals.

However, a single goal from Marc Guehi 10 minutes before the break saw Everton hopes ended by the runaway leaders of the Under-18 Premier League southern section.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Anderson, Ouzounidis [Y], Richards [Y] (46' Iversen), Astley, Mampala, Scully, Simms, Duke-McKenna (59' Adedoyin), Warren (46' Gordon).
Subs not used: Murphy, McKeown.

FA Youth Cup

Everton 0 - 1 Ipswich

FA Youth Cup, Round 3
Friday 8 December 2017
Goodison Park

Everton U18s were knocked out this season's FA Youth Cup at the first hurdle by Ipswich Town at Goodison Park.

The first half was a cagey affair, with real chances at a premium, despite the home side dominating possession. But the visitors scored soon after the restart to put the blues behind.

As the half continued, the visitors went further ahead when El Mizouni found the bottom corner of Hansen's net with a drilled effort from 20 yards after the Everton keeper, Hansen, had just made a great save to keep the deficit down to one goal.

But the Blues responded well with Mampala's shot-turned-cross falling into the path of substitute Adedoyin, who tapped in from close-range. However, it proved too little, too late with Everton failing to progress for another year.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Moore, Anderson, Collins, Richards, Denny, Iversen, Kerr (65' Adedoyin), Mampala (88' Scully), Gordon (84' Simms), Duke-McKenna.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Warren.


Lnacashire FA Senior Cup, 2016-17

Everton 2 - 4 Oldham Athletic

First Round
Tuesday 5 September 2017
USM Finch Farm

Stephen Duke-McKenna opened the scoring for Everton but the visitors made a game of it.

Under-18 Appearances, 2017-18

Player Lg Apps (Sub) Goals Cup Apps (Sub) Goals
 Elliot Richards 18 (1)  2 6 (0) 0
 Stephen Duke-McKenna 18 (0)  1 6 (0) 0
 Nathan Moore 18 (0)  0 6 (0) 0
 Manasse Mampala 16 (2)  12 6 (0) 0
 Michael Collins 16 (0)  1 5 (0) 0
 Tom Scully 15 (3)  2 3 (2) 0
 Anthony Gordon 15 (0)  14 4 (1) 1
 Alex Denny 13 (0)  1 5 (0) 0
 Joseph Anderson 12 (6)  0 5 (0) 0
 Korede Adedoyin 11 (8)  9 1 (4) 0
 Ellis Simms 11 (6)  4 1 (2) 1
 Nicolas Hansen 11 (0)  0 4 (0) 0
 Con Ouzounidis 9 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Brendan Warren 8 (2)  0 2 (1) 0
 Sid Kerr 7 (3)  0 3 (0) 0
 Einar Iversen 7 (2)  0 3 (3) 0
 Joe Hilton 7 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Bobby Carroll 4 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Ryan Astley 4 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Mackenzie Hunt 4 (0)  1 1 (0) 0
 Pawel Zuk 3 (8)  1 0 (1) 0
 Barney McKeown 3 (5)  0 0 (0) 0
 Ethan Warnock 2 (5)  0 0 (0) 0
 Fraser Hornby 2 (1)  2 0 (1) 2
 Jordan  Corke 2 (1)  1 0 (0) 0
 Matthew Johnson 2 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Kameron Stanley 1 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Nathan Baxter 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Tom Murphy 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Harry Tyrer 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Charlie Ball 0 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jonathan Anderson 0 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Rhys Hughes 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0

2017-18 Friendlies


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Thursday 21 July 2016

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