Everton U18s lose first game at Nottingham Forest

13/08/2022 6comments  |  Jump to last
Nottingham Forest U21s 3 - 2 Everton U21s

Everton U18s kicked off their new season with a narrow loss at Nottingham Forest after leading 2-1 in the second half at The Impact Arena in Alfreton.

It was the first U18 league game in charge for Leighton Baines, with Paul Tait moving up to take charge of the U21s after David Unsworth left the club last April.  

The home side took the lead through an own goal finished by Tierney. But Everon gained the upper hand after the break with goals from Francis Okoronkwo and Coby Ebere. 

But Forest were level just after the hour mark and got the winner inside the last 10 minutes.

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Everton U18s: Graham, Dixon, Wright, Tierney, I Samuels-Smith, Patterson, Apter (90' O Samuels-Smith), Barker (84' Beaumount-Clark), Ebere (85' Sherif), Djankpata (72' Bates), Okoronkwo.
Subs not Used: Jensen.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 13/08/2022 at 09:25:48
Interesting that they are playing this game at a proper football stadium, home of Alfreton Town FC. Most games at this level are played at the home team's Academy / training ground, which Forest have back in Nottingham.

I wonder if the proletariat are permitted to roll up and witness such events, as paying customers of course, should they be so inclined?

Phill Thompson
2 Posted 13/08/2022 at 09:50:04
Good spot with the Dixon - Quintyne change, Michael!

Your next task is to sleuth out how Ishe and Odin Samuels-Smith are related. I don't believe they're twins, Ishe is 17 next June so, in theory, they could be full brothers, perhaps more likely half-brothers?

It's always intriguing seeing the first team sheets at U18, any previous unknowns coming through. Jack Patterson, the youngster we got from Northern Ireland, may be a new name to look out for.

Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 13/08/2022 at 10:06:42
Yea, Phill, trying to figure out how to manage that Dixon - Quintyne thing on the website was doing my head in. I don't really get these double-barrelled names (Samuels-Smith, Smikle-James, Beaumont-Clarke, Calvert-Lewin...) but it might have been a better solution in this case.

I'm guessing the profusion of double-barrelled names stems mainly from unmarried couplings in this day and age that have failed to agree on who's surname to give their progeny? Or is it a desire to recognize joint heritage from both sides of the hereditary lineage?

It just seems unnecessary to me and burdensome to everyone else. And doomed at the next procreational cycle – unless we stretch to triple- or quadruple-barreled names going forward!

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 13/08/2022 at 12:13:55
Interesting to see Francis Okoronkwo starting this game after coming on as a late sub for the U21s against Spurs last night. Maybe they are trying to see if he is really ready to step up or not?
Phill Thompson
5 Posted 16/08/2022 at 19:39:45
Michael, Okoronkwo scored the first and set up the second not a bad return from him.
Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 17/08/2022 at 15:58:35
Yea, Phill, sounds like he may be getting back to the impressive form that he showed in that purple patch last season.

It was strange that he did not start playing for us for a few months after signing but, after he got his first outing as a sub last season, he scored an amazing 6 goals in the next 7 games for the U18s and in the FA Youth Cup.

But then he only played another 4 games for the U18s, and 1 game for the U23s, before being sidelined, presumably by injury, until the end of the season.

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