The Under-18s scored an astounding TEN goals to defeat West Brom in the Premier League Cup on Saturday.
Striker Ellis Simms bagged four goals as the young Blues ran riot in the Premier League Cup Group D clash, taking his goal tally to 21 in just 11 matches this season.
The triumph made it two wins from two for the Toffees in the competition, while Tait's side also sit top of the U18 Premier League (North) Table.
After Ryan Astley broke the deadlock against West Brom, Simms struck twice to put Everton 3-0 up at the break.
The second half saw the 17-year-old complete his hat-trick with a stunning 20-yard effort that arrowed into the top corner, before adding a fourth as Everton turned up the heat on the Baggies.
Korede Adedoyin hit a brace — he has now scored seven goals in his past four matches — while Lewis Dobbin and Max Thompson also got on the scoresheet.
West Brom had been the first team this season to take any points off the rip-roaring U18s, drawing 3-3 at Finch Farm exactly a month ago today.
Everton U18s: Hilton, Zuk, Warren, Joe Anderson, Astley (74' Thompson), Iversen (74' Quirk), Adedoyin, Carroll (62' Dobbin), Simms, Hughes, Hunt. Subs not Used: NA
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1 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:01:47
2 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:40:43
Markelo has been selected for the Holland U21 squad.
3 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:59:57
4 Posted 10/11/2018 at 20:11:35
Ellis Simms, looks a natural finisher based on the videos and reports Ive read.
Markelo, too also looks like a player in the making.
Good news for the club.
5 Posted 10/11/2018 at 22:26:21
6 Posted 11/11/2018 at 00:58:15
To knock 10 past them plus a clean sheet is very good indeed.
7 Posted 11/11/2018 at 01:15:43
I think they are posted to YouTube as well as being available on the OS. I think I'll start adding links to them in these brief match reports.
8 Posted 11/11/2018 at 01:21:59
Wonderfully descriptive Michael.
9 Posted 11/11/2018 at 03:27:31
10 Posted 11/11/2018 at 05:46:27
11 Posted 11/11/2018 at 09:43:31
Imagine a team in a couple of years with players like Pickford, Kenny, Digne, Zouma, Keane, Mina, Davies, Bernard, Richarlison, Dowell and Simms in it?
We should be knocking on the top four door!
12 Posted 11/11/2018 at 21:46:58
13 Posted 11/11/2018 at 22:14:46
14 Posted 12/11/2018 at 01:09:44
15 Posted 12/11/2018 at 14:07:52
It'll be interesting to see if Schoolboy Lewis Dobbin made his first start or came off the bench. He's currently in the England U16 set up; if he's making his mark with his two goals, it will allow Simms to step up and Dobbin to play U18.
16 Posted 12/11/2018 at 15:45:49
Something that's got me thinking is the real paper teamsheet that you see snapped on Twatter occasionally before games. Presumably this — or at least one copy of it — constitutes the official record of the game, and is dispatched to the FA, the Premier League, or whoever is in charge, at some point after it's all done and dusted?
Maybe that's old-school... and, in this day and age, it's done electronically or, at a minimum, scanned in and sent as a pdf attachment to an email or something. It then presumably gets registered and filed in the bowels of the Stats department, the details entered in some massive database...
There are suggestions on the PremierLeague.com website that this must have been happening for Academy games at least for the last two seasons — check the PL2 and U18 tabs that appear on some of their pages. I wonder if there is a way that Joe Public (ie, me) can gain access to this store of basic match information?
17 Posted 12/11/2018 at 17:17:04
18 Posted 12/11/2018 at 18:08:23
19 Posted 12/11/2018 at 18:10:49
20 Posted 12/11/2018 at 19:56:47
21 Posted 12/11/2018 at 20:24:43
22 Posted 13/11/2018 at 14:06:45
Six of the goals came in the final 20 minutes.
Watch out in particular for Simms hat-trick goal on 71 minutes which made it 5-0. It's a beaut.
23 Posted 13/11/2018 at 14:41:53
24 Posted 13/11/2018 at 17:47:07
Having see a lot of the highlights, it appears Tait has the lads playing some genuine flowing footy. Soon as they get the ball, it's straight into the attack.
25 Posted 15/11/2018 at 14:08:48
Ryan Astley is another lad who qualifies for the FA Youth Cup team this season, left-back or centre-half, he has played for the Welsh youth international team and is one very highly rated young player at Finch Farm and Everton
26 Posted 15/11/2018 at 14:28:15
Now that is what you call an impressive fire drill. Never seen the kop empty so quickly after the third goal went in. Except for a few pockets of blues dancing and goading them, which was hilarious!!
27 Posted 16/11/2018 at 09:30:18
29 Posted 16/11/2018 at 11:35:13
30 Posted 16/11/2018 at 12:47:40
Ryan Astley is right footed, I can't see him playing at left-back. He played on the right of a back three with Browning and Feeney for the U23s recently, none of them are left-footed, it's a weakness we currently have due to injuries of Gibson, Galloway and Foulds.
31 Posted 16/11/2018 at 14:45:42
There's a few other names that are no-shows so far this season:
At U-18: Josh Hosie, Pedro Neves
At U-23: Chris Renshaw, Nicholas Hansen, Danny Bramall
Michael Collins played a few games but has since dropped off too. I know Fraser Hornby is out as well, and Alex Denny has been out injured all season.
Any insights on these others?
32 Posted 16/11/2018 at 18:47:44
I'm happy to try some educated guesses, all be it someone could easily prove me wrong!
Josh Hosie is a right back and another of our past Wales U17s squad, along with Astley and Rhys Hughes. He featured pre-season but not since and I'm inclined to think that as a 1st year Scholar he didn't make sufficient impact. Kyle John established himself at right back, now Pawel Zuk is being tried there. There's a logic in that Zuk is in his final year, essentially his last chance to earn a contract, Hosie has next year when he may be more physically developed.
Similar for our young Brazilian Pedro Neves, featured pre-season, hasn't been able to break through yet but has next season. So my guess is they're both not injured.
Nicolas Hansen hasn't featured since pre-season and Hewelt, Virginia, Hilton have been the three U23s goalkeepers. But Hansen is also eligible for the U18s, and we've had a Schoolboy, Jack McIntyre, on the bench a couple of times at U18, so it suggests that Hansen hasn't been available possibly injured.
Chris Renshaw has been with us a few years, is 21 and I suspect has just fallen behind the other three goalkeepers in the pecking order, so probably not injured.
Danny Bramall struggled to establish himself in the U23s, maybe just not being selected.
One other name I would add is our U18 defender Elliott Richards who I don't think has appeared this season. I would rate him highly enough to say he should be playing or in the squad, so he's maybe injured too.
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