Beni Baningime gets some game-time action for the first time this season
Everton U23s are a nose in front at the top of the PL2 table on goal difference, and retained that advantage with hard-earned point against 2nd-place Arsenal.
With a number of first-team players now dropped from the senior squad — Niasse, Schneiderlin, Kenny, Holgate, Dowell — plus two key players nearing full fitness again in McCarthy and Baningime, the only one to show was Beni Baningime, slotting into the back four.
The game kicked off at 7 pm in Meadow Park, Barnet, with Jaoa Virginia named in goal to visit the club he left to join Everton in the summer.
Everton were denied a clear stonewall penalty early on when Bassala Sambou was sent spiralling, then Adeniran saw a certain goal hooked off the line by an Arsenal defender as the Blues sought to press their initiative.
Lewis Gibson, who is only recently back from a long injury layoff, looked to be in a bad way as he was stretchered off the field after 38 mins, to be replaced by Anthony Gordon.
Everton had a two vs two breakaway but Sambou ran into an offside position when Broadhead slipped the ball towards him. It was 0-0 at the break.
On the hour, Tyias Browning fired a free-kick at the Arsenal goal from inside his own half when he spotted the keeper off his line. The effort was on target but the keeper back-tracked quickly enough to get there just in time!
With Arsenal increasingly turning the screw deep into the second half, David Unsworth made a change: Nathangelo Markelo replaced by Shane Lavery for the final 15 mins.
In a rare Everton foray, Broadhead almost slid the ball home but Arsenal scrambled it clear. The fiercely competitive game ended 0-0 with honours even, and Everton still top on goal difference.
Everton U23s: Virginia, John, Gibson (38' Gordon), Baningime, Browning, Feeney (c), Charsley, Adeniran, Sambou, Markelo (73' Lavery), Broadhead.
Subs: Hilton, Kiersey, Astley.
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1 Posted 22/10/2018 at 12:56:22
2 Posted 22/10/2018 at 16:04:25
3 Posted 22/10/2018 at 19:25:56
4 Posted 22/10/2018 at 21:16:20
5 Posted 22/10/2018 at 21:18:08
6 Posted 22/10/2018 at 21:27:30
7 Posted 22/10/2018 at 21:32:52
8 Posted 22/10/2018 at 22:06:09
9 Posted 23/10/2018 at 12:24:24
10 Posted 23/10/2018 at 15:56:50
I thought Harry Charsley had popped in a few but his record is not that great — I can't believe this is now his sixth season in the U21s/U23s!! His best season was his last for the U18s way back in 2014-15 when banged in 10 goals.
11 Posted 23/10/2018 at 19:11:45
13 Posted 23/10/2018 at 21:29:29
The clips Michael put up of Adedoyin‘s four goals last March and the clips of his three and Simms's four last Saturday suggest we could have two prospects who could possibly score at U23s for us.
14 Posted 23/10/2018 at 23:02:01
I would also like to see Hornby given a chance on loan too, along with both Dowell and Baningime, to top end championship clubs.
15 Posted 24/10/2018 at 04:39:44
16 Posted 24/10/2018 at 13:48:12
17 Posted 24/10/2018 at 15:40:07
19 Posted 24/10/2018 at 16:08:32
Russell Griffiths was in goal that night and saved Everton with a string of great saves, I wonder what happened to him.
20 Posted 25/10/2018 at 05:22:42
Everton U18s: Griffiths; Jones, Connolly, Graham, Thorniley; Davies, Birch, Williams (90' Walsh); C Duffus (73' Brewster), Charsley, Dyson (54' Donohue).
Subs not used: Hewelt, Dowell.
I have him starting 8 of the 33 games played that season, with at least 5 sub appearances. Could be more as I'm missing teamsheet details from 6 of those games. He did not feature in 2012-13 so that must be his breakthrough season.
He did make a sub appearance in the FA Youth Cup, but only right at the death in the 90th minute; that was at Goodison Park.
21 Posted 25/10/2018 at 17:16:44
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