Everton U21s hammer Sporting Braga in PL International Cup

13/09/2022 34comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U21s 5 - 0 Sporting Braga U21s

Everton U21s produced an excellent display to beat Sporting Braga 5-0 tonight in a resumption of the Premier League International Cup.

The 2022-23 Premier League International Cup is the Premier League's continental competition for development teams.  But it hasn't been contested for the last two seasons because of Covid. 

The format for the 22-23 edition is new and sees teams split into three groups of eight, with four English Category A Development sides pitted against European U21 sides. All games are to be staged in England and matches are only played between cross-continental opposition. The winners of each group, plus the two best-placed runners-up, advance to the quarter-finals.

Everton take the lead after just 4 minutes through Sebastian Quirk with a great finish after a strong run by Stanley Mills.  

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After 17 minutes, Sean McAllister broke clear and fed the ball to Mills who cut inside the Braga full-back and fired past the keeper to make it 2-0. 

Just 5 minutes later, Braga try to play out from the back but Price nipped in to steal the ball and place a neat finish past the keeper. 3-0

It's not even half-time and a great corner from Price, drilled across the edge of the box and met with a sumptuous first-time volley from McKenzie Hunt. Goal of the Season contender. 4-0

It was after the hour mark when Charlie Whitaker ran at the Braga defence and made half a yard for himself before dispatching a low shot into the bottom corner. 5-0

Tempers flared after a poor challenge by Santos on Whitaker, sparking a mass brawl by the half-way line with both sets of players wading in. After much deliberation with his assistants, the referee showed Santos a straight red card.  Joe Anderson was booked for his involvement – even though he'd already been subbed!

Everton U21s: Leban, John (61' Mallon), Hunt, Welch, Anderson [Y:81'] (61' Campbell [Y:75']), McAllister (69' Djankpata [Y:86']), Mills (61' Kouyate), Price, Cannon (69' Okoronkwo), Whitaker, Quirk.

Subs not Used: Barrett, Heath.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:02:46
Well, this one kinda popped up out of the Blue. I wonder if Brent is on it already and out there in his parka watching this massive European clash?
Bill Gall
2 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:20:37
Everton now 2.0 up
Bill Gall
3 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:25:15
Everton Under-21s now go 3-0!
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:30:41
Seb Quirk got the first goal, who got the others?
Bill Gall
5 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:31:55
Mills and Price
Brent Stephens
6 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:34:40
Michael, I didn't realise it had been called on again!
Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:40:44
Yea, Brent, I was going to text you but I don't think I have your number. They really snuk this one on us.
Bill Gall
8 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:42:47
Everton are up 4-0 a goal from McKenzie Hunt that they are saying is a contender for Goal of the Season!
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:43:04
Michael, I thought I gave my number to you last season. I'll "post" it to you now via TW Contact / Feedback.
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 13/09/2022 at 19:49:46
Bill (5), Thanks Bill.
Tony Everan
11 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:23:25
Boys playing blinder here 4-0 HT ! Hopefully we’ll get some highlights, I’d like to see the goal of the season. Stan Mills keeps sending the messages to Frank, there’s no stopping him.
Bill Gall
12 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:26:34
Everton just gone 5-0 up.
Brent Stephens
13 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:30:39
Kudus equalises for Ajax. Were we linked with him?? Cracker.
Brian Murray
14 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:31:47
Stanley Mills needs to be pushing for a first-team spot. I don't want another knee-jerk reaction and send him on loan.
Dale Self
15 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:35:02
Yep, we want Kudus if he still wants out. And he apparently understands what we want from him. 1-1.
Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:38:46
Second stunning goal from Kudus in 2 weeks.

Keep your head down please, lad.

Bill Gall
17 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:42:59
Sounds like the U21 game is getting quite feisty – a brawl broken out after a tackle on one of the Everton players. Red card for a Braga player.
Bill Gall
18 Posted 13/09/2022 at 20:55:10
Everton run out 5-0 winners.

Charlie Whitaker scored the last goal.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 14/09/2022 at 11:30:27
Is there any sites where we can watch these goals from last night's win over Sporting Braga?
Tony Everan
20 Posted 14/09/2022 at 12:15:59
Can't find any yet, Dave, something will appear I hope. There is a good match report here that gives some more detail though.


James Flynn
21 Posted 14/09/2022 at 17:59:00
U21 highlights: Link

Tony (11) wasn't exaggerating on that 4th goal. Wow.

Tony Everan
22 Posted 14/09/2022 at 18:49:11
Thanks, James, for posting the link.

Amazing technique to connect like that from a corner, a cracker from Hunt.

Also thought Quirk took his finish very well.

Stan Mills has the instinct to make a bit of space and fire his shot in early, before the goalie can properly adjust. He is a talented player I'm happy is on our books and has signed a new deal… there will be more than a few envious glances from our competitors.

Brian Murray
23 Posted 14/09/2022 at 18:51:20
Everton footage for the goals.

Daft unneeded heavy metal music and the camera in the next field. Could hardly make it out.

Old habits die hard... get a grip, Everton FC.

Robert Tressell
24 Posted 14/09/2022 at 20:55:53
Finally some football to comment on.

Very encouraging to see well-crafted, well-executed goals. And just as pleasing, a very aggressive high press (like Brentford did against Man Utd) forcing a mistake. Brilliant technique from Hunt for his belting volley.

I think Tait has taken this group up a notch in style of play and approach.

Brent Stephens
25 Posted 14/09/2022 at 21:04:41
Peeved about the late announcement that this game was on again.

But a great result. And some good goals. Hunt's goal was brilliant.

And I see Isaac Price came up trumps again – love the lad.

Phill Thompson
26 Posted 14/09/2022 at 21:44:02

Our communications at U21 and U18 are pathetic really, the last U18 game barely got a mention either.

Highlights always favour the attackers when goals are scored but I loved the bits I saw of Stanley Mills, scoring one and an assist, he continues to improve.

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 14/09/2022 at 21:52:18

Re McKenzie Hunt, I didn't think too much of him in his initial appearances for the U23s.

His last few performances for U23s and U21s have impressed me more. Did he have a good game again last night?

Tony Everan
28 Posted 15/09/2022 at 07:42:10
Phill, good point about the defensive side of the team not really getting as much attention or credit. It's always the goals that are the box office. Always has been and always will be.

With regards the defensive side, I thought Welch looked promising against Fleetwood. Confident and composed most of the time. I was particularly impressed by his willingness to spray a few passes accurately, sometimes to switch play. Looking forward to see how he develops this season.

Also, Warrington had a full game in Fleetwood's win last night. Getting some good reports.

Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 15/09/2022 at 10:39:49
Brent (28), not sure but watch his goal on the Everton website, just brilliant.

Michael, have you any information on the Everton U17s v Liverpool U17s game which Everton won 5-0? I think it was played on Tuesday.

Michael Kenrick
30 Posted 15/09/2022 at 11:05:06
That's a great result, Dave! Smash the bastards.

But no, it's a real challenge getting info on the U17s.

Dave Abrahams
31 Posted 15/09/2022 at 11:12:11
Thanks, Michael, the only information I can see is Beaumont-Clark scored a hat-trick and we missed a penalty!!
Michael Kenrick
32 Posted 15/09/2022 at 17:21:42

Denise and her people at the Royal Liver Building have heard and responded to your stinging critique:

Tickets for U21s in Papa John's Trophy match at Harrogate Town, Tuesday 4 October.

Get in and get 'em quick. Only 400 allocation.

Brent Stephens
33 Posted 15/09/2022 at 17:33:10
Michael, brilliant news.

Only £9 for a ticket. Plus travel to Harrogate, of course.

I might give it a miss. Probably all sold out by now in any case.

Brian Murray
35 Posted 17/09/2022 at 11:07:00
If Tom Cannon and Stan Mills carry on, they will be in or around the first team pronto.

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