Double still on as U23s win PLC semi-final at Swansea

Saturday, 4 May, 2019 44comments  |  Jump to last
Swansea City U23s 0 - 2 Everton U23s

Everton's U23s are into the Premier League Cup final after beating Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.

David Unsworth's Premier League 2 Champions scored a goal in each half through strikers Fraser Hornby and Bassala Sambou to book their place in the final where they will face Newcastle United.

After just 14 mins following a confident start from the visitors, Anthony Gordon whipped in a dangerous free kick and Fraser Hornby found space in the Swansea box to volley home and put the Blues ahead.

After the break, Sambou really should make it 2-0 when one-on-one but hit his shot straight at the keeper.

The second goal came after 74 mins, when a shot by Foulds wasn't dealt with by the goalkeeper, and Sambou reacted first to slot it home and consolidate Everton's advantage.

Everton U23s: Virginia, Astley, Feeney, Gibson, Galloway, Bowler (87' John), Markelo, Adeniran, Gordon (67' Foulds), Hornby (85' Denny), Sambou.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Mampala.  

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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 04/05/2019 at 12:56:20
They are winning 1-0 at half time, just finished the half. Fraser Hornby scored after fourteen minutes, missed another good chance just before the interval. Swansea have used their three subs, through injury, forty five minutes to get to a final!!!
Hugh Jenkins
2 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:39:06
Just scored the second!
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:40:31
Hugh, Sambou after mistake by Swansea’s goalie.
Hugh Jenkins
4 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:41:26
Swansea keeper saved form a Foulds shot but Sambou got the rebound.
Hugh Jenkins
5 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:42:33
Hi Dave
We must have posted that almost simultaneously.
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:58:21
Hi Hugh, it’s all over 2-0,we play Newcastle in the final but don’t know where.
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 04/05/2019 at 14:56:46
Michael, Dave or Hugh:

Thoughts on Sambou? I have never seen him play so, at 22, with no first team games, I was assuming he would be out the door in the summer. The Echo claim, however, that Everton want to keep him and he has trained with the first team.

I also saw Unsy say it was "up to Sambou" if he would be staying at the club. Initially, I thought that was a passive aggressive comment insinuating he has to do more to get a new deal. Now (if the Echo can be believed) it seems as if Sambou is weighing his options as he wants first team football.

Just wondering if he is likely to make the grade or if the seemingly teenage fan-boy writers they employ at The Echo these days are getting carried away with their own imagined fantasy football team?

Paul Birmingham
8 Posted 04/05/2019 at 15:42:10
A great positive for this team to finish this season off in style. Also for the club and it will hopefully galvanise the growing spirit and belief in the club the last couple of months. Long may it last.

Does any know where, when, the final will be played, I'm assuming a neutral ground? Thank you.

I will try and get to this game, work commitments permitting.

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 04/05/2019 at 15:50:39
Kieran (#7), I think Sambou or his agent is weighing his future up. He is ambitious, Coventry City didn't want him to leave. One of his coaches there said he had good potential but was very raw and had a lot to learn.

His contract is up now at Everton; if they want him to stay, they must have made him an offer. It looks like he is seeing if there are better offers elsewhere.

As for his future in football, I would doubt very much if it is in the Premier League. He has a decent scoring record, is fast, and puts himself about... but is limited in his overall play. Good luck to the lad in his future career but I would be surprised if it is at Everton. That's just my opinion.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 04/05/2019 at 16:29:24
Dave @9

Thanks for the info. That makes sense to me. Makes me wonder if we are giving him a new deal so we can flog him for £500k or something versus letting him go for zero.

Peter Mills
11 Posted 04/05/2019 at 16:33:06
The coach is doing very well with these lads.
Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:14:49
Great to keep up the pace with these lads.

No indication when or where the final is to be played.

Bill Griffiths
13 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:18:08
OS indicates it's at Goodison, date & time to follow.
Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:20:06
Michael 12, two football mad cities, maybe they should toss for where the game is played. If it's at Goodison, I'd even go on a Monday night.
Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:30:55
David Unsworth is quoted as saying. “We should get plenty of supporters in at Goodison” talking about the final, so Bill Griffiths could be right.
Steven Jones
16 Posted 04/05/2019 at 20:56:52
Just want to know where and when this fixture is and we need to turn up in our droves . we can make a difference in these fixtures.

I went last year to the away Chelsea when we won our first U23's title.

We are based near Windsor and in my sons school they are all Chelsea

He kept saying why do they all support the horrible Chelsea.

Well we went to the fixture down at Aldershot's Ground. I was so so effing proud of our lot and the fans turned up and 75% were Evertonian's from all parts of the country - not just local that was what was so impressive.

The most amazing couple came from Norwich just to be there they were in their 70's but they were there and oh so nice.

They came to the burger van and my son was there choosing his food and they asked him who he supported and he was nervous and said EFC. they said we guessed because you are so nice He smiled and then went into the stand, still really nervous about the Chelsea hords. every time a group came in he asked me "Who are They dad". meaning are they Everton. I was so proud to tell him each time they were blues. It was so brilliant to see our U23's and Unsy supported so much.

To see his confidence build and to know we have more fans that Chelsea was wonderful for both me and him.

So lets get to the final guys I am definitely going. and I might be able to bring Deny if his SATs are over

Hugh Jenkins
17 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:03:33
Kieran - Sorry - I don't know enough about the skill sets of the U17/18/19/21/22/23 to make a meaningful contribution.

I wish I did - but I am only following the fortunes of these guys on the internet - as are most people.

Bill Watson
18 Posted 05/05/2019 at 01:41:55
The Final's at Goodison. Date and K.O, times TBA.

From the Everton FC web page; "The Premier League 2 champions maintained their bid for a double this season thanks to goals from forwards Fraser Hornby and Bassala Sambou in south Wales to book a final against Newcastle United at Goodison Park".

Bill Watson
19 Posted 05/05/2019 at 01:44:46
Bill #13

Sorry, just noticed you post!

Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 05/05/2019 at 05:00:46
All that's needed now is for Everton to do their bit for a gold coin donation entry and free for U-16s and OAPs. "Bless 'em all, bless 'em all..."
Derek Knox
21 Posted 05/05/2019 at 08:03:47
Fantastic news that the final to be held at Goodison, sounds a bit unfair on Newcastle but I'm not sure if it was pre-determined before they knew who the finalists would be.

I hope we get notice from the OS as to when exactly, because as has been suggested, a lot will turn up for that one, me included, provided I know when.

I think the Media side of our Club needs revamping, I have mentioned this before on various issues, if it wasn't for TW, I wouldn't know about these events etc.

Pre-season match viewing is a prime example, how many times do they have technical difficulties and the match we have all paid to watch is just a message saying they are trying to resolve the issue?

Fran Mitchell
22 Posted 05/05/2019 at 14:48:18
Good on the lads, winning attitude and I'd assume all of them have a career in professional football, which is a huge well done to our academy.

The likes of Hornby and Sambou, I guess, are just not quite at the level required to make our first-team squad, but maybe a move to Scotland (especially for Hornby) would do them good.

Feeney, Gibson, Bowler, Adeniran, and Gordon for first-team training in the summer.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 06/05/2019 at 15:28:46
Final now confirmed for this Wednesday 7-00 pm kick off.
Derek Knox
24 Posted 06/05/2019 at 15:43:09
Dave, just been on the OS about ticket arrangements for Wednesday, and it says ticket arrangements will be announced shortly.

FFS, it's Monday today, it doesn't give people much notice as to obtaining a Ticket does it? As many have shown interest, and some even want to travel a fair distance, I often think and have mentioned our Media side of things at Everton FC, leaves a lot to be desired, let's hope it's happening later today!

Derek Knox
25 Posted 06/05/2019 at 15:47:51
Oh! Dave Abrahams, forgot to mention will you be going for a pre-match pint anywhere? I can meet up with you and Tony (if he's going) just let me know as I will be coming over for that definitely!
Dave Abrahams
26 Posted 06/05/2019 at 15:50:37
Oh and by the way the U12’s beat Genova 2-1 in Italy yesterday, coming from 1-0 down to win the competition.
What a club, two cup final trophies in four days?
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 06/05/2019 at 15:54:49
Derek (25), I’ll be going to the game, don’t know what sort of state I’ll be in tomorrow, going out soon, watching the City game in Ned Kelly’s with three of my Red mates, hope I’m the one smiling at the end of the game!!!
Rob Halligan
28 Posted 06/05/2019 at 16:04:26
Derek, I don't think we can blame Everton for such short notice on this one. I assume it's the decision of the Premier league to have the game this Wednesday. Though why such short notice I've no idea? Surely a week on Wednesday would have been better.
Derek Knox
29 Posted 06/05/2019 at 16:19:31
True Rob, a bit unfair to be honest, Steven Jones @16, based near Windsor expressed a desire to go, it doesn't give him either time or notice, if he intends to travel.


Are you going anywhere before Rob for a liquid refreshment? I am coming over from Chester so will have to have a pre-match pint, as I will have to get the train back after the match.

Rob Halligan
30 Posted 06/05/2019 at 16:24:07
I might pop into the Winslow Derek. Waiting on a reply from a mate before making any final decisions. Will let you know ASAP.
Hugh Jenkins
31 Posted 07/05/2019 at 08:47:16
Kieran (7).

Sorry for the delay.

I don't know enough about Sambou nor his performances etc. to pass a sensible comment on what you ask - sorry.

Like many on here, I follow the progress of all the teams - primarily from second hand observation, and delight in any success that any team from Everton achieves - but regrettably, I am not really competent to pass comment on individuals nor individual performances.

I just revel in the glory of any Everton success and thank God (or the Devil) that I wasn't touched with the RS stick.

Peter Mills
32 Posted 07/05/2019 at 12:05:47
Entry to the match is free via gates 48/49 and 53/54 (anyone know where these are?).
Brent Stephens
33 Posted 07/05/2019 at 12:09:08
Peter, I think 53/54 is Upper Bullens
Peter Mills
34 Posted 07/05/2019 at 12:11:51
Thanks Brent.
Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 07/05/2019 at 12:29:30
Peter (34), 48/ 49 is definitely Upper Bullens Road, it’s the one I use every home game.
Brent Stephens
36 Posted 07/05/2019 at 13:11:16
Peter that’s why I use 53/54 - to avoid Dave.
Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 07/05/2019 at 13:24:32
Brent (36), I used to be in 53/54 until I realised you sat in there, that smell, it lingers even now!!!
Peter Mills
38 Posted 07/05/2019 at 14:01:56
I’ll use 48/49!
Brent Stephens
39 Posted 07/05/2019 at 14:03:37
Thanks, guys! I asked for that.
Derek Knox
40 Posted 07/05/2019 at 19:28:38
From reading the comments, it would give the impression that we are living in a ' gated community'. :-)

As important as this match is, please do not let 'issues' resort to physical violence, and spill onto the pitch! :-)

Come on you young blues, leave an impression, indicating that you are here to stay, and save us a load of cash on unknown footballers! :-)

Graham Coldron
41 Posted 07/05/2019 at 20:47:30
Totally off subject but Sky have just confirmed that some Derby forward will escape punishment for a blatant dive which resulted in a penalty.The clip was shown and the five couldn't have been more obvious.This then raised the Niasse question. I then realized Lampard is the manager.More bias eh ?
Graham Coldron
42 Posted 07/05/2019 at 20:47:31
Totally off subject but Sky have just confirmed that some Derby forward will escape punishment for a blatant dive which resulted in a penalty.The clip was shown and the five couldn't have been more obvious.This then raised the Niasse question. I then realized Lampard is the manager.More bias eh ?
Paul Turner
43 Posted 08/05/2019 at 17:35:02
Just looked at the EFC youtube page - looks like the final will be shown live... COYB!!
Mike Gaynes
44 Posted 08/05/2019 at 17:43:55
Thanks for the head's up, Paul!

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