Everton U21s come back for narrow win over PSG

09/11/2022 18comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U21s 2 - 1 Paris Saint-Germain U21s

If there is any appetite for more football this week, Everton U21s take on their illustrious counterparts from Paris Saint-Germain at Walton Hall Park tonight in the Premier League International Cup, kicking off at 7 pm GMT. 

It's an opportunity to see more of the young players that didn't really get much of a chance last night at Bournemouth, and a new move perhaps to bring second-string football back a little closer to the club's roots in North Liverpool, with tickets available from the club website.  

There is usually plenty of fanfare when these games are also streamed live, but that doesn't seem to be the case for this evening's Clash of the Titans, with Everton riding high at the top of Group C after two impressive wins over SC Braga (5-0) and Hertha BSC (4-1).

In September, joint leaders Crystal Palace beat PSG 7-3, so no pressure on the young Blues tonight!

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It was the visitors that opened the scoring but Everton equalized after the half-hour through Tom Cannon after being set up by Stan Mills. The pair combined again just before half-time, Mills fouled for a penalty that Cannon converted. 

And it stayed that way in the second half for Everton to secure a third win and top Group C.

Everton U21s: Leban, Dixon, I Samuels-Smith (75' Campbell), Welch, Anderson, Quirk, Mills (62' Okoronkwo), Price, Cannon (62' Kouyate), Whitaker, Hunt (79' Heath).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Djankpata, Barker.


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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 09/11/2022 at 19:41:01
PSG went ahead but Cannon has just scored: Everton 1-1 PSG.

"GOAL! U21s are level as Tom Cannon converts a Stanley Mills cross. It has been quite the 24 hours for the forward." — Echo feed.

Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 09/11/2022 at 19:43:27
Not trying to beat a dead horse but wouldn't you think PSG (with all their wealth) would have Under-21s comparable with Bournemouth reserves? And yet we are not getting thrashed...
Phill Thompson
3 Posted 09/11/2022 at 19:49:47
GOAL! Tom Cannon converts from 12-yards out to fire the U21s ahead.

Penalty after Mills was brought down in the box.

Half-time: 2-1.

Dale Self
4 Posted 09/11/2022 at 19:55:13
Kieran, in times like these I think the phrase is "Don't look a (dead) gift horse in the mouth".
Phill Thompson
5 Posted 09/11/2022 at 19:56:15
Kieran #2,

Maybe the answer is not with PSG but with us at U21s putting out a decent bunch of youngsters who fight for the jersey, unlike a lot of that overpaid bunch who started last night! 🤷‍♂️

Phill Thompson
6 Posted 09/11/2022 at 20:19:46
“Stanley Mills currently causing #PSG all kinds of problems down the right.“ — Echo feed.
Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 09/11/2022 at 20:25:43
I forgot about this game, 5minutes from my house.

Just got in, been out for a bevy, feel like kicking myself. Mind you, if I was like our players recently, I'd miss!!

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 09/11/2022 at 20:55:32
Any more news on this game? Please.
Phill Thompson
9 Posted 09/11/2022 at 20:56:18
Full-time: Everton 2 - 1 PSG

A double from Tom Cannon makes it three wins from three for Paul Tait's side in the Premier League International Cup. The forward has had a 24 hours to remember.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 09/11/2022 at 21:01:29
PSG don't actually have an Under-21 team, I just discovered. So these players are comprised of people who play for the Under-19s, the official PSG reserve team which competes in Division 3 in France.

Or, like Warren Zaire-Emery (at age 16 one of the youngest), they're actually members of the PSG first-team squad (he has played three games for the full side so far this season).

But they have this squad assembled for this competition. Point being, these lot should be a pretty good side with some having the experience of playing "hardened pros" in the lower league and others training with Messi and Neymar every day.

So beating them is definitely encouraging.

Brian Murray
11 Posted 09/11/2022 at 21:14:39
Mills and Cannon will save Lampard's job.

You heard it here first. I hope Frank hears it or he's a goner.

Phill Thompson
12 Posted 09/11/2022 at 21:31:13
Kieran #9,

I don't know a lot about this PSG team, but their U19s also play in the UEFA Champions League U19 competition where the groups are the same as the men's Champions League groups and they topped their group. So their U19s must be pretty decent.

Of our squad tonight, only Anderson, Quirk, Hunt and Barrett on the bench wouldn't make an Under-19 team, so that's very encouraging for this team of youngsters.

Paul Birmingham
13 Posted 09/11/2022 at 22:00:37
A nice detox from the first team and a good honest game of football at Walton Hall Park, the U21s.

Nice to see players expressing themselves and playing as a team. Everton kept calm and never flinched and the tempo and belief was great to see.

There's some good potential, and some good players to come, if they maintain this focus.

Now for the first-team to turn up on Saturday.

Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 09/11/2022 at 22:08:37
Lewis Dobbin has just had what was effectively a sudden death penalty kick saved, at Anfield.

A great learning curve adding some valuable experience for the kid though, but he must be gutted right now.

Stuart Sharp
15 Posted 09/11/2022 at 22:08:37
Meanwhile, poor old Dobbin misses a penalty at Anfield. You couldn't make it up.
Paul Birmingham
16 Posted 09/11/2022 at 23:00:35
Brian, agreed, they are footballers already imho, and also the goalkeeper, commands the field, giving instructions and encouragement, and with Price, Whitaker, and Roman Dixon, are growing in confidence and stature.

They play good football and Paul Tait takes some credit, but also this Under-21 squad as a whole.

Paul Birmingham
17 Posted 11/11/2022 at 00:19:28
Every day in life is a good day, and should be a great day...

Watching Everton U21s put PSG U21s away in good style, last night was the tonic of the season in seeing the fight and belief in the team. Those who went can confirm. A great Everton performance!

All in, a great midweek break, and as I said to many on the way out after the game, it’s better than watching the first team. Make your own view.

But hope eternal, and this Saturday, home again at Walton Hall Park for the U21s vs Southampton at noon.

But the real game is at Bournemouth.

Everton will win this game.


John Graham
19 Posted 11/11/2022 at 17:59:50
l would think, with the consistently good performances Stanley Mills has put in, he deserves a place in the team on Saturday.

Always lots of skill and thought to his game, together with bundles of fight and effort.

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