Everton U21s draw with Man Utd in PL2

19/08/2022 34comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U21s 2 - 2 Man Utd U21s

Everton U21s drew at home to Man Utd on Friday evening.

The game was not moved to Goodison Park, despite the story on the Everton website, and was streamed live.

The visitors took the lead early on and were 2-up before the half-hour mark, when Tom Cannon got one back. 

Cannon levelled things up a 2-2 before the break with an audacious backheeled volley. 

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But whatever they tried, Everton could not get the winning goal in the second half and the Blues ended up dropping their first points of the season and spurning top spot in the PL2 table. 

Everton U21s:  Leban, John [Y:45+2'], Hunt, Welch, Anderson [Y:41'], Warrington, Quirk (70' Okoronkwo), Price, Cannon, Whitaker, McAllister (70' Kouyate).

Subs not Used: Barrett, Mallon, Campbell


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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:04:29
Hopefully nobody went to GP it's at Southport. Club put it out as GP initially 🤷‍♂️

It's on You Tube, just search for Everton


Phill Thompson
2 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:09:36
Cannon with first chance, around goalkeeper but too wide an angle for him 0-0, 9 mins
Phill Thompson
3 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:13:04
0-1 United, Jurado, soft goal to give away
Steve Stallwood
4 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:30:03
0-2 after 27 minutes and I'm turning off the stream.
Phill Thompson
5 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:30:46
Great goal from Cannon 1-2
Bill Gall
6 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:32:29
One out of the blue
Jeff Armstrong
7 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:38:41
Phill Thompson
8 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:39:41
Cannon on fire at the moment!
Bill Gall
9 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:40:59
Another one from Cannon. Shame it took 2 goals to liven them up.
Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:50:57
I was wondering if Cannon might make the subs for the seniors as he seems to be the only male forward at the club?
Jack Convery
11 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:53:17
Cannon's backheel volley is very worth watching, along with his first goal.
Brent Stephens
12 Posted 19/08/2022 at 19:57:25
Really good game. Hard and fast. Cannon goals sublime. United suckers for the ball over the centre-back.
Dale Self
13 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:22:27
I'm liking Kyle John. Looks like a scrapper!
Dale Self
14 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:32:14
Just had to come back and type
Mohamed Katia Kouyate
for that dribble and pass into the box. That was nice.
Phill Thompson
15 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:41:10
Okoronkwo and Kouyate have certainly raised our tempo since they came on.
Dale Self
16 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:53:49
Oh well, dominated that second half. Warrington struck that last shot sweetly but over the bar. Good stuff at Southport.
Bill Gall
17 Posted 19/08/2022 at 20:59:13
Good game, deserved the 3 points really but done okay to come back for 1 point.

Are Man Utd collecting opponents' shirts as they tried hard enough to pull Everton players' shirts off. Poor refereeing.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:21:45
Sorry I missed this game, it sounded like a cracker.
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 19/08/2022 at 21:57:16
Dave, it was indeed a cracker. Not a single blue player had a poor game.
Kieran Kinsella
20 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:00:00

Is Tommy Canon potential first team material?

Brent Stephens
21 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:19:48
Kieran, I reckon Cannon has improved more than I expected. Not long ago I was suggesting he's not going to be on our books for long. I have to admit he might have turned a corner. Having said that, still a big step up to the first team.

Now young Price I do like; another very good game. Could he..?

Brent Stephens
22 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:20:11

I reckon Cannon has improved more than I expected. Not long ago, I was suggesting he's not going to be on our books for long. I have to admit he might have turned a corner. Having said that, still a big step up to the first team.

Now young Isaac Price I do like; another very good game. Could he..?

Steve Griffiths
23 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:24:46
Steve (4),

Talk about deserting a sinking ship! These lads are kids (all under the age of 21) and deserve our support – not criticism. It's a learning curve for them and football is a “funny old game” as one famous TV pundit once said.

Did the 2nd half against Crystal Palace last season not teach you anything? I believe 2-0 to be the most vulnerable of scorelines. Once the losing team scores to make it 2-1, the match completely changes.
It's called various things: belief and confidence for the losing team and apprehension, nerves etc for the winning team.

Anyway, well done to the U21s and Tom Cannon in particular. Well done, young man, take a bow son, take a bow.

Robert Tressell
24 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:51:53
Brent # 22, there's been a transformation in Cannon. He did very well. I thought the difference was workrate and physicality.

John, Welch, Anderson, Warrington and Cannon all looked in control of the ball and their positions. Price was good in patches but gives the ball away a lot. Needs to mature.

We had a complete stranglehold on the game with Okoronkwo and Kouyate wide of Cannon. These are big, fast and strong – albeit a bit wayward on the ball. They also need to mature but have talent and personality.

Overall I thought our passing, pressing and team structure were better than they've been for a while. Encouraging.

Brent Stephens
25 Posted 19/08/2022 at 22:59:53
Robert, maybe that physicality is the major difference in Cannon of late.

I wasn't so aware of Price giving the ball away that much but we sometimes miss things in games – don't I! Maybe giving the ball away sometimes is a function both of the speed with which he recycles the ball and of the penetrating passes he often tries for?? Things I really like about the lad.

Tony Everan
27 Posted 19/08/2022 at 23:43:09
There were rumours that we were talking to Derby about them taking Cannon on loan for the season.
Kieran Kinsella
28 Posted 19/08/2022 at 23:50:54

Isaac Price is interesting as Frank obviously saw something in him though he looked a bit lost when he got a run-out. He didn't feature really in the summer either. But maybe his first dalliance will inspire him.

Whitaker is another one. Him and Warrington were highly praised about 18 months ago. I think Whitaker got injured but can he kick on?

Andrew Keatley
29 Posted 19/08/2022 at 00:20:00
Brent (22):

I completely agree with you about Cannon, who could have scored four before we switched ends. I think he may have taken a while to adjust to the different demands of Under-21s football from the younger groups, especially as he has largely played up front on his own, and is not blessed with exceptional size or speed. But he managed to make clever runs tonight, and seems to have a lot more guile about his game.

But I disagree about Isaac Price's performance, and he continues to disappoint me I'm afraid. He played a couple of very good through-balls, and was relatively neat and tidy and industrious, but he continues to be outperformed by his team-mates as far as I am concerned; I just do not get the hype at all and I thought the first Man Utd goal came after powder-puff defensive work from Price (and McAllister too).

Warrington was very good, in and out of possession. Quirk was hit and miss but did a lot of very good things, while Whitaker (lovely assist for the first goal) and McAllister were a bit more miss than hit for me. Kouyate and Okoronkwo were both exciting, and caused United a lot of problems with their desire to take defenders on.

Both full-backs – Kyle John and Mackenzie Hunt – were strong and progressive. I thought Welch looked a bit shaky at times, and Joe Anderson was the better centre-half on the day.

Overall, it was a very good team performance, especially after conceding two early goals, and the manner in which the players moved the ball was sharper, quicker, and more cohesive than I've seen for a while. Good signs.

Tony (27) - I think perhaps you might be getting Dobbin and Cannon mixed up. Dobbin has gone on loan to Derby.

Sam Hoare
30 Posted 20/08/2022 at 00:34:27
What formation did we play? Sounds like 4-3-3, I wondered if they would start playing the same system as the first team but it sounds like not.

Presumably Cannon and Warrington will be out on loan before the loan window closes?

Kieran Kinsella
31 Posted 20/08/2022 at 01:03:45

I imagine Warrington will with our growing plethora of midfielders. Hopefully to a decent Championship club. If he has a good season, he could come back and seriously compete if we clear the decks a bit.

Mills could probably do with a loan too but I suspect we may need him with Coleman getting on, Patterson new himself, and McNeil maybe slotting in different roles.

Robert Tressell
32 Posted 20/08/2022 at 08:06:29
It was a 4-3-3, Sam.

I think Cannon is best retained to get his confidence up until Xmas. Then maybe a loan would work.

Warrington probably is ready for another loan at a higher level too. Is Metcalfe ready to take his place?

Brent Stephens
33 Posted 20/08/2022 at 08:22:28

I've noticed that Jenson Metcalfe hasn't been on the bench for a while. Another one who has gone backwards or at least not progressed?

Phill Thompson
34 Posted 20/08/2022 at 12:42:20

Jenson Metcalfe was injured last season, missed the end of it and I'm guessing is still not fully fit or he'd be in the U18 squad. He's certainly one to watch when he returns.

Brent Stephens
35 Posted 21/08/2022 at 11:51:56
Thanks, Phill, that might explain it.

Keep up, Brent!

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