Everton U21s win friendly at Southport this afternoon

30/07/2022 12comments  |  Jump to last
Southport 0 - 4 Everton U21s

Everton U21s won their second and final pre-season friendly at Southport this afternoon, with Stan Mills getting a hat-trick.

With an increasing number of last season's Under-23 side going out on loan this season, and Everton Academy keen to accelerate the development of youngsters, a number of last season's U18s are expected to step up. Also, fringe players on the edge of the first team, such as Warrington, Mills, Nkounkou and Welch who appeared last night in the friendly against Dynamo Kyiv may be given more game time.

Everton got a penalty after just 4 minutes when Mills was brought down. The young star got up and duly slotted home.

Just 8 minutes later and Everton had a second, Tom Cannon tapping in a cross at the back post.

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Stan Mills got Everton's third goal after the half-hour mark and then finished things off in the second half, to complete his hat-trick.

Probable Everton line-up is based on visual identification as the club has declined to provide a teamsheet. No details of subs are available.

Everton U21s: Leban, John, Mallon, Price, Welch, Campbell, Butterfield, Warrington, Mills, Cannon, Whitaker.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 30/07/2022 at
This doesn't really rate in the wider scheme of things... Nothing on any Twatter feeds I can find, no mention at-all on the Official Everton website.
Phill Thompson
2 Posted 30/07/2022 at
4-0 to our u21s in the end, with Mills getting a hat trick. Fortunately Southport FC Twitter knew the match was on.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Excellent first half by Everton. Early days maybe, but they seemed to transition from defence to attack much more quickly than under Unsworth.

Mills was superb. Warringtom very solid and incisive from midfield.

I still can't see why we hang on to Cannon. Slow, poor ball control, doesn't throw his weight around. He had a breakaway chance and cut back, losing his chance; Mills had the same sort of breakaway chance, went direct for goal and scored. Having said that Cannon did slot one in! - from superb work by Mills again!

Appalling PA who raced through the team announcements (and for second half substitutions simply said "all the Everton subs have come on except..." and afraid I missed what name she then gave. Appalling. How did the non-sub feel?!

Not sure but I think first half we played:
keeper I'm not sure at all: John, Hunt (?), Welch, Campbell (?), Warrington, Mills, Butterfield, Cannon, Whitaker, Price.

Sub on the left wing was very tricky - Kouyate? - led the full back a merry dance. I recognised McAllister as a sub, and Anderson. Also Quirk right mid? Higgins at RB?? Jagne at LB?

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Thanks, Brent,

Good if it was Kouyate as we haven't seen much of him, yet he's retained on the books.

I just don't get the club's attitude on this stuff. I'm sure there's a fair number of us who want to know the names of all the players and all the subs. It's natural.

About the only thing I can remember from my first game is looking at the names in the middle of the old programme. Then transcribing them onto my school bag... and jumping on the cross-bars of Uncle Cyril's bike – no wait, sorry. Getting seriously confused there...

Robert Tressell
5 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Brent I am very pleased to hear your comment about better structure to our play. We've a long way to go.

Mills really has come on a lot in the last 12 months. I thought he was a bit behind the group of Welch, Warrington, Price and Whitaker - but he might now have edged ahead of them all.

Phill Thompson
7 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Great reporting, Brent, thanks.

I wonder if that sub at left-back was Ishe Samuels-Smith, a more natural as a left-back than Jagne, a midfielder.

Kouyate had a significant injury last season, so nice to see him back if it was him. Okoronkwo is the other option who often plays on the left, but more tall and powerful than tricky.

Usually, if we don't find out on the day, we never find out... what a club, eh?

Brent Stephens
8 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Ah, yes thanks, Phill. Could well have been Samuels-Smith at left-back. And maybe Okoronkwo out wide left. As you say, we might never know. Jenson Metcalfe was a few rows in front of me – I should have asked him!
John Kavanagh
10 Posted 31/07/2022 at
Thanks for the report, Brent S.

I was really pleased to see the effort and commitment from the youngsters when they were given an opportunity to play in the friendlies. Mills in particular looks to have the talent to make it to the first team squad.

If supporters give these youngsters real encouragement instead of leaping on the inevitable mistakes, then our days of paying over-the-top transfer fees and wages for players of dubious quality and commitment could be coming to an end.

FFP and sustainability rules ensure that clubs outside of the Sky 6 will never be allowed to compete in the transfer market for top players, so the only way to break up the ESL cartel is to develop our own players – and prevent the Sky 6 from poaching the best of them as soon as they turn 17.

I'm really hopeful that from now on our bench always has at least one, preferably two of our youngsters on it, so we can finally close the Finch Farm retirement home and geriatric care wing.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 31/07/2022 at
Phill (7) and Brent (8), it would nice if it was Okoronkwo who was playing. He seemed to go off the radar at the end of last season, I don't think he played in many games, if any, at the end of last season so I just hope he is back and continuing his career with The Blues.

We did pay quite a lot of money for him when he eventually joined from Sunderland. I think it was quite a while before he turned out for Everton after signing.

Phill Thompson
12 Posted 31/07/2022 at

Okoronkwo was another who suffered an injury at the end of the season. It's frustrating that we never really get info from an official source, but I'm pretty sure that was the reason he didn't feature.

Tony Everan
13 Posted 31/07/2022 at
Thanks Brent for the report. With the nine subs/ use five rule we will see some of these young players in the match day squad from time to time. The way Mills has an eye for goal it would be tempting to throw him on late in the game to snatch a winner or rescue a point. He’d take some teams by surprise. Some periphery senior squad players better watch out because two or three of these lads mentioned are going to be pushing big time to be part of the 20 matchday squads at their expense.
Jim Lloyd
14 Posted 10/08/2022 at 07:25:14
Thanks Brent, for a good report.

Brian Wilkinson was telling me about Mills, and what a good prospect he his.

I was hoping the club might put the matches on their website, but if not, it's not too far up to Southport. Just a point I wonder if they'll play in the afternoons, come the early nights?

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