Everton U21s lose at Bristol City in Premier League Cup

05/02/2023 8comments  |  Jump to last
Bristol City U21s 2 - 1 Everton U21s

The Premier League Cup enters its knock-out phase with Everton U21s unable to beat their Bristol City counterparts today at Robins High Performance Centre.

Bristol City topped Group E with wins against Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Newcastle Utd, thus earning home advantage in today's Round of 16 clash.  

The Young Blues' form has been impacted by a season of constant change and evolution, with the recent departures of Tom Cannon on loan while Joe Anderson and Seb Quirk have made permanent moves to Sunderland and Accrington Stanley respectively.

Also, long-term injuries to McAllister and Whitaker have been a blow, while Mills and Price have missed games presumably through the need to support the first-team squad.  Djankpata has also played no games so far this year – presumably injured, while Butterfield, Iversen and Mallon have made stuttering returns to the squad after long-term injuries.

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Even so, Paul Tait is able to field a pretty strong team, although Jack Barrett makes a very rare start in goal… and the Blues are behind inside just 2 minutes.  And they concede a second inside 10 minutes.

The Everton lads were able to steady the ship somewhat with no further damage until half-time, and got back into the reckoning with a goal from Francis Okoronkwo a few minutes after the restart.

But the Young Blues were unable to secure an equalizer in the second half and crashed out of this season's Premier League Cup. 

Everton U21s: Barrett, Higgins, Hunt, John (76' O Samuels-Smith), Campbell, I Samuels-Smith, Heath, Iversen [Y:18'] (27' Bates), Okoronkwo, Apter (76' Beaumont-Clark), Kouyate [Y:15'].

Subs not Used: Leban, Mallon.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 05/02/2023 at 10:56:56
No sign of any live streaming via the Everton website — it doesn't even merit a preview that I can find!
Duncan McDine
2 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:52:08
Shit on it… tickets are sold out. Would’ve been nice to get to a fairly local game and cheer on the youngsters. There doesn’t appear to be any streaming of the game via Bristol City website either MK.
Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 05/02/2023 at 12:57:19
Sorry to hear that, Duncan. Must be a very small venue?

Huh... and they just switched the kick-off to 1 pm.

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 05/02/2023 at 13:40:06
Not a great start for the young Blues, giving up 2 goals in the first 10 minutes.

They seem to have steadied the ship but Iversen has been subbed after just 27 minutes – hope for him it's not an injury; may be tactical as he and Kouyate were both booked early on – hopefully for showing bite and aggression!

Dennis Stevens
5 Posted 05/02/2023 at 13:41:15
Looks like they should be able to handle a small crowd reasonably well - Link
Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 05/02/2023 at 14:04:25
That is a very nice facility – set in the beautiful Somerset countryside.

Great video, thanks, Dennis!

David Mallon
7 Posted 05/02/2023 at 16:44:34
Nice to see the younger boys getting plenty of chances to impress but still can't get my head around players who are still in the 21s age 22 who have absolutely no chance of playing for the first team getting 2 year contact extensions
Jon Harding
8 Posted 06/02/2023 at 14:49:37
Yes that is a great video. It's amazing what a club can achieve under a billionaire owner - in this case Steve Lansdown of stockbrokers Hargreaves Lansdown fame. He also owns Bristol Bears Rugby and I think Bristol Flyers basketball team.
Incidentally, the golf club you can see from some of the drone shots is Long Ashton where I used to be a member. Only a few miles outside the city centre. They had to re-route one of the pars 3s and build a new green to stop hackers slicing and shanking balls on to City's practice pitches!
The other sports pitches visible belong to my sons' former school who, as you can imagine, had the best footy facilities around when sharing groundsmen with BCFC.
Their best ex-pupil is Joe Bryan who transferred from Bristol City to Fulham, scored the goal to get them into the Premier League then hasn't had a look in since with the emergence of Anthonee Robinson!

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