U23s start International Cup with a draw

Thursday, 20 September, 2018 7comments  |  Jump to last

Everton's Under-23s drew their opening match of the Premier League International Cup at Brighton and Hove Albion's American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Thursday night.

Bassala Sambou gave Everton a first-half lead from the penalty spot after Josh Bowler was brought down following a fine surge into the penalty area midway through the first half.

The Seagulls struck back with two goals either side of the hour-mark to turn the game on its head. However, the young Blues fought back to earn a share of the spoils as Ellis Simms, elevated from the Under-18s, finished from close-range after coming off the bench.

Everton U-23s: Hilton, John [Y] (46' Gordon), Astley, Feeney, Ouzounidis, Foulds [Y], Bowler (65' Mampala), Adeniran, Markelo [Y], Sambou, Lavery (65' Simms).
Subs not Used: Hewelt, Phillips, Mathis.

 

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Kevin Prytherch
1 Posted 21/09/2018 at 09:40:17
That's a very young team for this type of competition.

No Virginia, Browning, Galloway, Evans, Gibson or Hornby...

Sam Hoare
2 Posted 21/09/2018 at 09:56:27
Virginia has not featured for U23s for a while after a great start. Perhaps he is injured? Plus some of the other U23s played only a few nights ago.
David Cash
3 Posted 21/09/2018 at 13:42:26
Did alright. A good experience.
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 21/09/2018 at 17:26:38
That is a strange team, with a few U-18s...

I wonder if this competition also has its own peculiar age requirements?

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 22/09/2018 at 02:37:37
The u23 seems to change drastically from game to game.
John Raftery
6 Posted 22/09/2018 at 09:33:46
The competition allows three overage outfield players and an overage keeper. As far as I can see there are no other age stipulations for what is an Under-23 gig.

Simms, aged 18, has already scored eight goals in five games for the Under-18s. That record has earned him a fast track to the Under-23s.

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 22/09/2018 at 20:58:22
Does anyone know what time the Everton U23 game versus Spurs tomorrow at Goodison kicks off?

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