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Everton Under-21s, 2022-23

[History of Everton Reserves]

Everton's Under-21s largely represent the end product of the renowned Everton Academy at Finch Farm which is a Category A Elite Development entity under the current Premier League/FA rules and has produced a number of players now on the threshold of breaking into the Blues' first team. Since 2016, they play in the FA Premier League 2, with the number of teams increasing to 14 in Division 1.

As well as the U21s competing in the Premier League Cup and the Premier League International Cup, Everton are also one of the Premier League Development sides that enter U21 teams into the Papa John's (ne EFL) Trophy against the senior sides from Football League One and League Two.

· Results & Fixtures A record of Everton's Under-23 matches for the season
· League Table Current standings in Premier League 2
· Match Details Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
· Appearances A table of Under-23 appearances for all senior players
· Friendlies Results from Under-23 friendly matches

Everton Under-21s will split their home matches between the 'Pure' Stadium at Haig Avenue in Southport and Goodison Park this season, with some games also being played at Finch Farm. 

Everton's games in the 2021-22 Liverpool Senior Cup  and Lancashire Senior Cup were contested by the Under-18s, together with the FA Youth Cup too.


Under-23 Competitive Games All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Comp
Mon 16 Aug Blackburn Rovers (A) 2 - 2 Whitaker, Mills Ewood Park PL2: 1
  Mon 23 Aug Liverpool (H)   1 - 3 Garcia Haig Avenue PL2: 2
  Fri 27 Aug Crystal Palace (A)   1 - 3 Whitaker Selhurst Park PL2: 3
  Fri 10 Sep Derby County (H)   1 - 0 Whitaker Haig Avenue PL2: 4
  Tue 14 Sep Morecambe (A)   1 - 0 McAllister Mazuma Stadium PJT:A1
  Fri 17 Sep Sheffield United (H)   1 - 3 Dobbin Haig Avenue PLC:D1
  Mon 20 Sep Leicester City (A)   1 - 3 Hughes LCFC Training Ground PL2: 5
  Fri 24 Sep Manchester Utd (H)   0 - 1   Haig Avenue PL2: 6
  Tue 28 Sep Carlisle United (A)   0 - 2   Brunton Park PJT:A2
  Sat  2 Oct West Ham United (A)   1 - 3 Mills Rush Green PL2: 7
  Mon 18 Oct Leeds United (H)   4 - 2 Campbell, Dobbin, Whitaker, Hughes Haig Avenue PL2: 8
  Fri 22 Oct Arsenal (A)   0 - 4   Meadow Park PL2: 9
  Mon 25 Oct Burnley (H)   2 - 0 Hughes, Cannon Haig Avenue PLC:D2
  Sat 30 Oct Chelsea (A)   1 - 1 Cannon Cherry Red Stadium PL2:10
  Tue  2 Nov Hartlepool United (A)   0 - 1   Victoria Park PJT:A3
  Sun  7 Nov Manchester City (H)   3 - 2 Cannon, Slicker (og), Whitaker Haig Avenue PL2:11
  Mon 22 Nov Brighton & Hove Albion (H)   2 - 1 Dobbin, Hughes Goodison Park PL2:12
  Fri 26 Nov Tottenham Hotspur (A)   0 - 4   Lamex Stadium PL2:13
  Wed  1 Dec Peterborough (H)   0 - 3   Haig Avenue PLC:D3
  Mon  6 Dec Arsenal (H)   2 - 0 Cannon, Kouyate Haig Avenue PL2:14
  Fri  17 Dec Peterborough (A)   1 - 0 Mills Zeeco Stadium PLC:D4
Mon 20 Dec Leeds United (A) 0 - 0 LNER Stadium PL2:15
  Thu  6 Jan Sheffield United (A)   3 - 1 Kouyate, Mills 2 Technique Stadium PLC:D5
  Mon 10 Jan Crystal Palace (H)   2 - 2 Mills, Price Haig Avenue PL2:16
  Sun 16 Jan Liverpool (A)   1 - 1 Cannon Liverpool Academy PL2:17
  Mon 24 Jan Tottenham Hotspur (H)   1 - 0 Dobbin Haig Avenue PL2:18
  Sun  6 Feb Leicester City (H)   1 - 2 Anderson Haig Avenue PL2:19
  Fri 11 Feb Burnley (A)   1 - 2 Dobbin Leyland Ground PLC:D6
  Mon 21 Feb Derby County (A)   2 - 0 Cannon 2 Loughborough Uni PL2:20
  Fri 11 Mar Brighton & Hove Albion (A)   2 - 4 Dobbin 2 Amex Centre PL2:21
  Fri 18 Mar Manchester United (A)   0 - 3   Leigh Sports Village PL2:22
  Mon  4 Apr Blackburn Rovers (H)   0 - 2   Haig Avenue PL2:23
  Mon 18 Apr Chelsea (H)   2 - 0 Cannon, Garcia Goodison Park PL2:24
  Mon 25 Apr West Ham United (H)   3 - 4 Dobbin, Cannon, Butterfielld Finch Farm PL2:25
  Fri 29 Apr Manchester City (A)   0 - 7   Etihad Stadium PL2:26

U23 Pre-Season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Tue 13 Jul Warrington Rylands (H) 4 - 2 Dobbin 3, Cannon Finch Farm F1
  Sat 17 Jul Guiseley (A)   4 - 1 Dobbin 3, Cannon Nethermoor Park F2
  Wed 21 Jul Bradford Park Ave (A)   6 - 1 Dobbin, Cannon 2, John, Kristensen, Campbell Horsfall Stadium F3
  Tue 27 Jul Carlisle United (A)   2 - 3 Cannon, Campbell Brunton Park F4
  Tue  3 Aug Chorley (A)   3 - 1 Dobbin 3 Victory Park F5
  Sat  7 Aug Southport (A)   2 - 1 Whitaker, MacAllister The Pure Stadium F6

F denotes Friendly fixture
TF denotes Friendly tournament fixture
XI denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the first team)
PL2 denotes Premier League 2 fixtures
PLC denotes Premier League Cup fixtures
PLIC denotes Premier League International Cup fixtures
PJT denotes EFL Trophy fixtures

FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2, Division 1, 2021-22

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 26 16 6 4 65 32 33 54
2 West Ham 25 14 3 8 54 39 15 45
3 Arsenal 26 10 11 5 56 48 8 41
4 Manchester United 25 11 6 8 45 40 5 39
5 Liverpool 25 10 7 8 44 36 8 37
6 Leicester City 25 10 7 8 36 50 -14 37
7 Tottenham 24 10 6 8 48 43 5 36
8 Crystal Palace 24 10 3 11 48 47 1 33
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 9 6 10 41 41 0 33
10 Blackburn Rovers 25 8 8 9 46 53 -7 32
11 Everton 26 8 5 13 33 54 -21 29
12 Leeds United 26 7 6 13 44 49 -5 27
13 Chelsea 24 6 7 11 34 42 -8 25
14 Derby County 24 4 3 17 30 50 -20 15

Under-23 Match Details, 2021-22

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-23 matches during the 2021-22 Season.

Premier League 2, Division 1

Starting in 2017-18, the U21 Premier League (which itself replaced the old Reserves league that stretched back to an age that pre-dated the formation of the Football League in 1888) was renamed Premier League 2 formed of 24 Category 1 Development teams from top-tier Premier League and Championship clubs. Last season saw PL2 expanded to 26 teams; this season, PL2 has been further expanded to 28 clubs operating in two divisions.

Each team can field a goalkeeper over the age limit and up to three ‘over-age’ outfield players in every match.

2021-22 Format

Division 1 Division 2
Arsenal Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion Burnley
Chelsea Fulham
Crystal Palace Middlesbrough
Derby County Newcastle United
Everton Norwich City
Leeds United Nottingham Forest
Leicester City Reading
Liverpool Stoke City
Manchester City Southampton
Manchester United Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United Wolverhampton Wanderers

Clubs play each other once at home and once away, with the top team in Division 1 named as Champions. The bottom two teams in Division 1 get relegated to Division 2. In Division 2, the league winners get automatic promotion to Division 1; teams ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th go into a promotion play-off. There is no relegation from Division 2.

The Average Age of PL2 squads in the 2021-22 season, as listed at Transfermarkt were:

Club Squad Average Foreign
Newcastle United U23 21 20 6
Blackburn Rovers U23 16 19.8 4
Nottingham Forest U23 16 19.8 8
Sunderland AFC U23 16 19.8 1
Derby County U23 17 19.7 2
Manchester United U23 19 19.7 12
Middlesbrough FC U23 23 19.7 8
West Ham United U23 22 19.7 7
Stoke City U23 16 19.6 8
Birmingham City U23 18 19.5 3
Southampton FC B 19 19.5 1
Burnley FC U23 22 19.4 5
Tottenham Hotspur U23 21 19.4 9
Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 21 19.4 13
Arsenal FC U23 25 19.3 11
Brighton & Hove Albion U23 21 19.3 12
Everton FC U23 24 19.3 10
Crystal Palace U23 17 19.2 5
Fulham FC U23 16 19.2 9
Leicester City U23 18 19.2 10
Norwich City U23 15 19.2 8
Leeds United U23 17 19.1 7
West Bromwich Albion U23 15 19.1 3
Aston Villa U23 21 19 7
Liverpool FC U23 20 19 6

Blackburn Rovers 2 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #1
Monday 16 August 2021
Ewood Park, Blackburn

David Unsworth's Under-23 side started the season in earnest with a hard-fought draw at Ewood Park when they took on Blackburn Rovers U21s in their first Premier League 2 game.

Everton battled hard for much of the first half but went behind just before the break when Tyrer parried a shot, the rebound slotted into the net.

The Everton youngsters went further behind in the second half, in similar fashion. But Charlie Whitaker headed home a Hughes corner to half the deficit and then they got another one to equalise when Hughes's free-kick was headed out but Stanley Mills smashed a glorious half-volley into the top corner of the net.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson (62' Garcia [Y:87']), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Hughes, Whitaker, Dobbin (61' Cannon), Price, McAllister (46' Mills).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warrington.

Everton 1 - 3 Liverpool

Premier League 2, Game #2
Monday 23 August 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton were under the cosh from their older rivals from the off and did remarkably well to get to 40 minutes before they conceded to the inevitable red onslaught.

Liverpool went further ahead after the break but substitutes Dobbin and Garcia combined as Garcia hit back to get on the scoresheet. But Liverpool went further ahead before another Everton substitute, Liam Higgins, hit the bar and then missed an absolute sitter from 4 yards.

Everton U23s: Leban, John, Anderson (78' Higgins [Y:]), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Mills [Y:65'], Whitaker [Y:29'], Cannon (58' Garcia), Price [Y:31'], McAllister (58' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hughes.

Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #3
Friday 27 August 2021
Selhurst Park, London

Everton's Under-21s suffered a second successive 3-1 defeat, this time at Selhurst Park this evening.

Newcomers to Premier League 2, Crystal Palace took the lead just before the half-hour mark through Rak-Sayki but the Blues had the chance to level things up 5 minutes into the second half when Lewis Dobbin powered past his man but was felled and the referee pointed to the spot.

Unfortunately Rhys Hughes's tame spot-kick was saved and Palace were awarded a penalty of their own just a couple of minutes later, Rob Street made no mistake from 12 yards.

It was 3-0 not long afterwards when Street bundled it over the line from close range after the Blues' defence failed to clear their lines.

A brilliant free-kick from Charlie Whitaker clawed a goal back 12 minutes before the end.

Everton U23s: Leban, John, Welch, Astley, Campbell, Price [Y:62'], Butterfield, Mills, Whitaker, Hughes [Y:16'] (60' Garcia), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson, Higgins, Cannon.

Everton 1 - 0 Derby County

Premier League 2, Game #4
Friday 10 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton got off to a brilliant start, going ahead through a fine Charlie Whitaker strike inside the first 5 minutes. Stan Mills played him in but he had a lot of work to do, controlling the ball well then changing direction and firing across goal, inside the far post.

But as the half progressed, they allowed Derby to come back into the game more and more. Yet they still kept crafting fairly decent attacking moves, creating a number of half-chances, none of which was converted.

Everton came under more pressure in the second half especially from a Derby free-kick, when the ball was cleared on the line by a fantastic kick by Eli Campbell off his own crossbar, it was that close!

But Everton defended their lead through 6 minutes of added time to secure their first very hard-fought win of the season.

Everton U23s: Leban, Mills [Y:77'], Campbell, Astley, Welch, Anderson, Butterfield, Warrington (64' Hughes), Dobbin (73' Cannon), Price, Whitaker (82' McAllister [Y:88']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt.

Leicester City 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #5
Friday 27 August 2021
LCFC Training Ground, Leicester

Everton went behind after 6 minutes and gave up another goal before half-time. The home side scored again on the hour mark but Everton dug in and got a consolation goal back through Rhys Hughes in added time.

Everton U23s: Leban; Mills [Y:48'], Campbell, Astley, Welch (47' Garcia), Anderson; McAllister, Butterfield, Dobbin (64' Cannon), Price (71' Hughes), Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warrington.

Everton 0 - 1 Manchester United

Premier League 2, Game #6
Friday 24 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Jarrad Branthwaite, at 19 one of the older players that Usworth can call upon, was a bit of a surprise in the starting line-up, returning to the U21s after being a part of the senior squad and on the bench for most of the Premier League games so far, without being utilized.

Giving up an early goal has been something of an ongoing theme and this match was no different as the Blues went behind inside just 3 minutes. But they stabilized things and prevented the visitors from going any further ahead before the break.

The display from the Blues was better in the second half, when they defended well and were worth a goal at least but the elusive equalizer was not forthcoming.

There was some fine argie-bargie at the end of normal time, Whitaker reacting to blatant aggression from Elanga, the Man Utd goalscorer. Whitaker, Elanga and another Man Utd player were dismissed by the referee.

The result consolidates Everton's dreadful start to the season, and drops them to 13th in the 14-team Division 1 of PL2, Derby County the team at the foot of the table with two games in hand and only a point behind.

Everton U23s: Barrett, John, Anderson, Astley, Welch, Branthwaite, Mills (46' Garcia), Butterfield, Whitaker [R:90+2'], Price (78' Warrington), Hughes [Y:56'] (58' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Leban, Campbell

West Ham Utd 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #7
Saturday 2 October 2021
Rush Green, London

West Ham scored 2 goals before the half-hour mark but Stan Mills got one back before the break. However, West Ham went further ahead with a goal just after the hour to chalk up another 3-1 loss for the young Blues.

Everton U23s: Barrett, John, Campbell (81' McAllister), Astley, Welch [Y:80'], Butterfield, Mills, Hunt [Y:69'], Kouyate (67' Cannon), Price, Hughes.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Anderson, Warrington

Everton 4 - 2 Leeds United

Premier League 2, Game #8
Monday 18 October 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton fell behind to two goals from the visitors in the first half. But the fightback began with Eli Campbell climbing high to power a terrific header over the keeper and into the net before half-time.

Then Harry Tyrer found Whitaker on the right with a good piece of distribution from the back and he flicked the ball into the path of Mills, who squared it for Dobbin to fire first-time past the keeper and put Everton level before the hour mark.

And the fightback was complete when Cannon's shot fell to Whitaker and he fired home to make it 3-2 for the young Blues with 5 minutes left. But the scoring wasn't complete as there was more to come before the final whistle Rhys Hughes finding the bottom corner to make it 4-2 at the end of normal time.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John [Y:49'], Campbell [Y:44'], Welch, Astley, Warrington, Mills (80' Hughes), Price, Whitaker, Onyango (82' Butterfield [Y:90+2']), Dobbin (68' Cannon).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Arsenal 4 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #9
Friday 22 October 2021
Meadow Park, London

Arsenal inflicted a comprehensive 4-0 defeat on Unsworth's proteges — their biggest defeat of a poor season so far.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Warrington, Mills (56' Hughes), Price, Cannon, Onyango (82' Butterfield), Whitaker (77' Hunt).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #10
Saturday 30 October 2021
Kingsmeadow, London

Everton went ahead when Tom Cannon ran on to a great forward pass and fired it into the Chelsea net.

But the home side snatched a draw when they equalized in the 90th minute.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Warrington, Hughes (85' Quirk [Y:89']), Onyango, Cannon (74' Whitaker), Price, Dobbin (62' Mills [Y:85']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Everton 3 - 2 Manchester City

Premier League 2, Game #11
Saturday 6 November 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

David Unsworth's U21s came back from a first-half goal down in Southport to secure a massive win over Manchester City.

[Kyle John was unwell before the game and Seb Quirk played in his place, reducing the subs bench to four players.]

And they could only keep Man City at bay for less than half-an-hour before conceding the first goal, but did very well to come back before the break with Tom Cannon pouncing on a through-ball from Stan Mills to score a really good equalizer.

In the second half, Tom Cannon's drive beat the Man City keeper but hit the bar and Stan Mills followed up to volley a super shot that hit the post and goes in off the keeper. They all count!

And it got even better for the young Blues as the second-half subs combined superbly Hughes pulling the ball back for Whitaker's shot to squirm underneath the keeper, who may feel he should have saved it.

But City came back into it with a low cross that was deflected into his own net by Ryan Astely. In the last minute of added time, City hit the bar but the Blues hung on for a tremendous morale-boosting win!

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John Quirk, Anderson [Y:90+3'], Welch, Astley, Warrington, Mills (72' Hughes), Price [Y:36'], Cannon, Onyango [Y:74'] (79' McAllister), Dobbin (68' Whitaker).
Subs not Used: Barrett.

Everton 2 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League 2, Game #12
Monday 22 November 2021
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton did well to gain the advantage in the first half with goals from Lewis Dobbin and Reece Welch. Tom Cannon and Joe Anderson came on after the break.

In the second half, Brighton came back into the game strongly with a stream of attacks that included hitting the post and forcing important saves from Harry Tryer. Mills was the last sub, replacing Lewis Warrington.

Evan Ferguson had been a danger all night for the visitors and he finally scored with 12 minutes left after a fine run and hard shot that Tyrer could not stop. But Everton held on to secure an important win.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Astley, Welch, Branthwaite [Y:35'] (46' Anderson), John, Onyango [Y:27'], Warrington (72' Mills [Y:90+4']), Price [Y:11'], Hughes, Dobbin, Simms (46' Cannon).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Garcia.

Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #13
Friday 26 November 2021
Lamex Stadium, Stevenage

Spurs inflicted a comprehensive 4-0 defeat on Unsworth's protégés — close on the heels of a similar hammering on their visit to Arsenal last month.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson, Welch (78' Campbell), Astley, Warrington, Mills, Onyango, Cannon, Price, Hughes.
Subs not used: Barrett, McAllister, Hunt, Higgins.

Everton 2 - 0 Arsenal

Premier League 2, Game #14
Saturday 6 December 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

This game kicked off an hour before the big one involving the senior teams at Goodison Park.

It was getting late into the second half when Tom Cannon scored. Katiya Kouyate came on as a sub and made sure of the fine win in added time.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson, Welch, Astley, Onyango, Dobbin (90' Mills), Price, Cannon (90+2' Campbell), Warrington [Y:65'], Hughes [Y:37'] (75' Kouyate).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Whitaker.

Leeds United 0 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #15
Monday 20 December 2021
LNER Community Stadium, York

Everton U21s travelled to York for their Premier League 2 encounter with Leeds Utd, where they played out a goalless draw.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson [Y], Welch, Astley, Price, Mills (59' Kouyate), Whitaker (59' McAllister), Cannon [Y], Warrington, Hughes (69' Hunt).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Campbell.

Everton 2 - 2 Crystal Palace

Premier League 2, Game #16
Monday 10 January 2022
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton Under-21s returned in Premier League 2 action on Monday evening as Crystal Palace made the trip to The Pure Stadium.

Ellis Simms featured after seeing Dobbin and Onyango in the team for FA Cup tie at Hull on Saturday.

Stan Mills was on the scoresheet again, putting Everton in the lead. But Crystal Palace hit back on the hour mark.

Isaac Price, on as a sub for Mills, put Everton back in the lead, only to see Palace equalize again 4 minutes later. And that's how it stayed.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Welch [Y:50'], John, Astley, Hunt, Campbell, Warrington, Simms, Mills (64' Price), Cannon, Hughes (64' Quirk).
Subs not Used: Leban, Butterfield, Anderson.

Liverpool 0 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #17
Saturday 15 January 2022
Liverpool Acedemy

Everton U21s came back to draw their Liverpool counterparts at their Academy in Halewood, thanks to a late goal from Tom Cannon.

With Rafa Benitez no longer needing any of Simms, Dobbin, Onyango or Cannon for his Canaries Catastrophe, those promising youngsters were returned to the U23s, and helped secure a point for their PL2 campaign.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Quirk, Hunt (56' Hughes), John, Astley, Anderson [Y:67'], Dobbin, Warrington, Simms (90+3' Higgins), Onyango, Cannon.
Subs not Used: Leban, Kristensen, Hagan.

Everton 1 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League 2, Game #18
Monday 24 January 2022
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton U21s continue their Premier League 2 campaign with a home win over Spurs on Monday night, thanks to a goal from Lewis Dobbin just before the break.

Nathan Patterson made his first appearance for any Everton team and played a key role in the only goal of the game.

Lewis Dobbin put Everton ahead just minutes before half-time after good play by Mills and a great cross in from Patterson with pace and accuracy for a clinical headed strike by Lewis Dobbin. And the Blues held out for a very important win.

Everton U21s Tyrer, Patterson (61' Quirk), John, Welch [Y:88'], Astley, Branthwaite (62' Anderson), Mills [Y:90+5'], Warrington, Simms, Price, Dobbin (71' Hughes).
Subs not Used: Leban, Butterfield.

Everton 1 - 2 Leicester City

Premier League 2, Game #19
Friday 4 February 2022
Haig Avenue, Southport

Leicester City U21s came from behind to end a seven-game unbeaten run for David Unsworth's U21s in Southport his evening.

Coming ahead of the FA Cup 4th Round tie against Brentford tomorrow, and with a number of key first-team players injured, youngsters Dobbin, Onyango, Branthwaite and Kyle John held over tonight so some of them could be on the bench or even starting tomorrow's game.

And there was a first sighting in an Everton shirt for Billy Crellin, the young goalkeeper who was signed from Fleetwood Town on Deadline Day, on the bench tonight.

But the imperative tonight is to continue working their way back up the Premier League 2 table. Kick-off is at 7 pm GMT and the game will be streamed live on Everton's Official YouTube channel.

The squad included a number of players elevated from the U18s for the first time this season: Okoronkwo, Metcalfe, and Sherif.

Everton took the lead in blustery conditions when an excellent free-kick take by Rhys Hughes was delivered deep into the Leicester area where Joe Anderson got a deft foot on the ball to turn it past the Leicester City keeper from close range.

Stanley Mills, after having a great shot saved before the goal, had to be withdrawn 10 minutes before the end of the first half. Jenson Metcalfe came on for his first appearance ta this level after some excellent showings for the U18s.

The visitors piled on after the break, forcing Everton back, and the pressure eventually paid off with the equalizer.

The young Foxes kept pressing and a header from a free-kick came back off the post but Campbell could not stop it from bobbling over the line off his leg for the go-ahead goal.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Quirk (71' Hagan), Campbell, Welch, Astley, Anderson, Mills (37' Metcalfe [Y:78']), Price [Y:51'], Hughes, Okoronkwo (76' Sherif), Cannon.
Subs not Used: Crellin, Kristensen.

Derby County 0 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #20
Monday 22 February 2022
Loughborough University

Everton U21s won at Derby County tonight with two goals from Tom Cannon.

And David Unsworth started with pretty much his strongest squad, sans loanees Ellis Simms and Lewis Warrington, with Charlie Whitaker and a few others out injured. No sign of Billy Crellin, the new goalie.

Everton were a little slow to get going but took the lead against the run of play when Cannon controlled the ball well and made space to his left before firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner to put the Blues ahead.

Tom Cannon got a second when a lovely cross from Seb Quirk was bundled over the line by him at the far post. And he almost got his hat-trick minutes later with a fabulous strike off another feed from Quirk down the right at was cleared off the line.

Dobbin then got clear with a straight run in on goal but fired his shot too close to the keeper. Derby had two very good chances near the end but failed to score.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Quirk [Y:91'], John, Welch (56' Campbell), Astley, Anderson, Mills (66' Butterfield), Price [Y:37'], Cannon, Onyango (56' Hughes), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Leban, Kristensen.

Brighton & Hove Albion 4 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #21
Friday 11 March 2022
The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre, Brighton

Everton U21s were trounced by Brighton & Hove Albion at The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre tonight.

The home side went ahead with Everton trying to play out from the back, losing possession, and a ball in was half-cleared by Anderson smacking off Price and past Crellin into the Everton net.

But Everton got back into the game when Price saw a chance and played the ball forward to Dobbin who finished crisply into the corner.

But Everton came back with a good solo goal from Dobbinm a great run down the left before he cooly slotted it across the keeper into the corner of the goal to make it 1-1 at the break.

A poor challenge by Astley sandwiched an attacker between him and Kristensen, with the ref calling a penalty that was polled past Crellin.

A few minutes later and Brighton were 3-1 ahead when Crellin was well beaten on a decent free-kick.

The fourth goal for Brighton showed up Crellin's poor judgement, coming out for a long ball hoofed up from the back but he completely missed it and allowed the Brighton man to roll run past him and roll the ball into an empty net.

But Astley spoilt any late revival, diving in and getting a straight red, although there seemed to be limited contact.

Everton U23s: Crellin, Quirk, Hunt [Y:68'], Kristensen (61' Metcalfe), Astley [Y:49';R:86'], Anderson, Mills (87' Jones), Butterfield [Y:13'] (46' Hughes), Cannon, Price, Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Leban, Hagan.

Manchester Utd 3 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #22
Friday 18 March 2022
Old Trafford, Manchester

Everton U21s had no answer to three second-half goals from their hosts at Old Trafford this evening.

Isaac Price was unlucky after 5 minutes with an early shot from 25 yards. Lewis Dobbin might have put Everton ahead on 15 minutes from Tom Cannon's flicked header but his shot was blocked.

Dobbin had a better shot that flew inches wide of the top corner and he would go close a third time after the break, before the Everton defence was breached.

One positive from the game was the return of Sean McAllister in the second half, who had not played since December.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Quirk [Y:36'] (51' Hughes), Hunt, John, Welch, Anderson, Mills (77' Campbell), Butterfield, Cannon, Price [Y:20'] (46' McAllister [Y:90+3']), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Crellin, Kristensen.

Everton 0 - 2 Blackburn Rovers

Premier League 2, Game #23
Monday 4 April 2022
Haig Avenue, Southport

Charlie Whitaker returns after being out since January. Sean McAllister had also been missing for a number of games before he appeared as a sub last time out against Man Utd.

Eli Campbell was booked after 17 minutes. Blackburn went ahead on 38 minutes. And before the hour-mark, Rhys Hughes put the ball into his own net to give the visitors a 2-goal advantage.

Elevated from the U18s, Emilio Lawrence came on as sub for the first time at this level. But he could do little to change the depressing scoreline, Everton's 4th defeat in the last 5 games.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Mills, Campbell [Y:17'] (66' Kristensen), John, Anderson, Hunt, Hughes [Y:68'], Butterfield (46' Garcia), Cannon, McAllister [Y:81'], Whitaker (70' Lawrence).
Subs not Used: Leban, Hagan.

Everton 2 - 0 Chelsea

Premier League 2, Game #24
Friday 15 April 2022
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton U21s scored a fine win over Chelsea at Goodison Park in Premier League 2 on Friday night.

The form of the U21s has slipped badly again as the news that their manager of 9 years, David Unsworth, is leaving the club. The side has lost 5 of their last 6 games and they have slid down the PL2 table into 12th, place, just 4 points ahead of their opponents. Tonight, they were managed by John Ebbrell, assisted by fellow former players, Jose Baxter and Leighton Baines.

Jarrad Branthwaite dropped down from the first team to captain the side. Everton should have gone ahead on 12 minutes when Dobin slipped but Dobbin's penalty lacked power and was poor.

But Everton went ahead after the half-hour through Tom Cannon with a fine strike on a backheel pass from Onyango on a ball over the top.

Rafael Garcia was back in action after a season or more of injury problems, and he made it 2-0 for the home side with a superb strike in added time following a mazy run by Stan Mills.

Chelsea dominated the second half and threw everything at Everton but could not alter the scoreline.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Mills (80' Butterfield), Campbell [Y:90+5'], Welch, Branthwaite, Price, Whitaker (65' McAllister), Onyango, Dobbin, Cannon, Garcia (87' Lawrence).
Subs not Used: Crellin, Anderson.

Everton 3 - 4 West Ham Utd

Premier League 2, Game #25
Monday 25 April 2022
Finch Farm, Merseyside

Everton U21s were twice leading against West Ham tonight in the penultimate game of their Premier League 2 season, but ended up the losing side at Finch Farm.

Everton have slipped to 11th in the PL2 after a poor season that saw David Unsworth depart as manager barely 2 weeks ago, while the visitors are riding high at 2nd.

Emilio Lawrence, just 16, gets to start this one as Everton bend over backwards to try and persuade the youngster that his place is here with the Blues and to sign a new contract.

Everton drove into a 2-0 lead with goals from Lewis Dobbin and Tom Cannon, only for the visitors score either side of half-time to equalize.

Everton went ahead through Luke Butterfield but two more goals from the Hammers would steal the game from the Blues.

Everton U23s: Crellin, Mills, Campbell, Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Whitaker (31' Hunt), Price, Dobbin, Cannon, Lawrence (67' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Anderson, Garcia.

Manchester City vs Everton

Premier League 2; Game #26
Friday 29 April 2022
Etihad Stadium, Manchester

While the main focus of concerned Evertonians has rightly been on the dreadful performances of the senior side, Everton U21s were comprehensively thrashed by the PL2 Champions on their night of celebration in the season finalé at The Etihad. But Everton narrowly avoided the greater horror of relegation from PL2 Division 1, after Leeds Utd could only draw at Arsenal.

Only one change for Everton from the last game versus West Ham, Harry Tyrer replacing Barry Crellin in goal.

After complete domination by Man City for the first 7 minutes, in Everton's first attack, Whitaker drove a great volley against the bar.

Everton should have taken the lead on 14 minutes when Dobbin got free and past the City keeper a long way out but his shot on the empty net was poor and could not be finished at the far post by Cannon running in, who saw his shot cleared off the line. City then hit the post and had the rebound cleared off the line.

The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes when Cole Palmer was allowed time to tee up a lovely curling shot beyond Tyrer and inside the post.

City went further ahead on the half-hour with another very slick goal, a tremendous finish by Lewis getting in behind the moribund Everton defence.

Palmer, easy as you like, put a dangerous free-kick inch-perfect into the top corner that Tyrer was desperately trying to cover. 3-0.

Emilio Lawrence had a rare venture forward and saw his shot slightly deflected wide, the resulting Everton corner was also headed wide from close range.

It was 4-0 well before the hour-mark when City passed their way through the Everton defence to score with ease. And it was 5-0 with 22 minutes left when City walked the ball into the Everton net. Delap then made it 6-0, quickly followed by the 7th for a rampant Man City.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Mills, Campbell, Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Whitaker (46' McAllister), Price (62' Hunt [Y:90+3']), Dobbin, Cannon, Lawrence (74' Garcia).
Subs not Used: Crellin, Anderson.

Premier League International Cup, 2021-22

2014-15 saw the introduction of The Premier League International Cup. The tournament was cancelled last season because of the Covid-19 Pandemic and did not take place this season.

Premier League Cup, 2021-22

The 2021-22 Premier League Cup is the eighth campaign of the knockout cup competition following the launch of EPPP. Everton are the defending champions after the tournament was cancelled in 2019-20 and spent 2021-22 on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Premier League Cup is contested initially in 4-team groups of Category A Development sides, playing home and away.  The top two teams from each of the eight groups progress to the knockout stages, with one-off ties from the last 16 through to the final to determine the champions.​   Everton U21s were drawn against Burnley, Peterborough and Sheffield United in Group D of the Premier League Cup for 2021-22.

Everton 1 - 3 Sheffield United

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #1
Friday 17 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

David Unsworth's side started well and scored in the 9th minute when Rhys Hughes delivered a corner from the right and Lewis Dobbin reacted quickly to flick the ball into the net at the near post for his first competitive goal for the Under-21s.

But this enlivened the visitors who would go on to score two goals in the first half and add a third right after the break.

Everton U23s: Leban, Mallon, Hunt [Y:78'], Astley, Welch, Anderson, Hughes, Warrington, Dobbin, McAllister, Cannon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Butterfield, Price, Whitaker, Campbell.

Everton 2 - 0 Burnley

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #2
Monday 25 October 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Two late goals in the second half gave Everton U21s victory over Burnley in a Premier League Cup "must-win" group game in Southport tonight after having lost the first 3-1 to Sheffield United back in September.

Tyler Onyango continued his progression to full match fitness with a hint that he may travel with the senior side to Wolves on Monday when he was substituted at half-time by Stan Mills.

Rhys Hughes came on as a sub and scored an excellent goal from a long-range free-kick after 74 minutes to open the scoring. Hughes was then involved in an excellent passing move that set up Tom Cannon to score the second goal.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Onyango (46' Mills), Whitaker (67' Hughes), Price, Cannon, Warrington (86' Butterfield), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Everton 0 - 3 Peterborough

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #3
Monday 1 December 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton U21s lost 3-0 to Peterborough Utd in the third of six games to be played in Group D of the Premier League Cup.

Everton were left with a mountain to climb after falling two goals down during the first half, and Peterborough'third made the task impossible.

No match details beyond the teamsheet are available for this game.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Onyango, Mills, Price, Simms, Warrington, Hughes
Subs: Barett, Anderson, Cannon, Whitaker, Kouyate.

Peterborough 0 - 1 Everton

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #4
Friday 17 December 2021

With a handful of U21s press-ganged into action at Stamford Bridge last night, the rest of the squad is battling it out against Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium in a Premier League Cup group game at lunchtime today.

Plenty of action and chances but no goals until near the end of the game when Everton took the lead. Whitaker broke clear after Hughes intercepted a poorly taken Peterborough free-kick. Whitaker played a super pass to Stan Mills who drilled home a great finish.

Everton held on to mark up a fine revenge win after losing 3-0 in the home group game at the start of the month. The win puts Everton 2nd behind their hosts today with two away games to play, at Sheffield Utd and Burnley.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson, Welch, Astley, Hughes, Mills, Price, Cannon (75' Kouyate), Warrington, Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Barrett, McAllister, Hunt, Campbell

Sheffield United 1 - 3 Everton

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #5
Thursday 6 January 2022
Weston Homes Stadium, Peterborough

Stanley Mills scored two of the goals in Everton Under-21s' 3-1 Premier League Cup victory over Sheffield United on Thursday night.

David Unsworth was likely forced in his line-up with probable Covid-related absentees, with McKenzie Hunt starting and Seb Kristensen returning from long injury layoffs to sit on a depleted bench tonight.

Everton were forced to come from behind at Chesterfield FC's Technique Stadium after the Blades took an early lead in the 3rd minute. Whitaker was injured in the incident and soon had to be replaced by Kouyate.

Katia Kouyate equalised for the Blues with a fine header on 26 minutes before Mills turned in Lewis Warrington's corner to put Everton in front before half-time.

And the 18-year-old — who was operating in a central midfield role as opposed to his regular position on the wing — netted his second of the night in some style shortly after the break, rifling home a splendid effort from outside the box.

Everton U23s: Leban, John, Hunt, Campbell, Welch [Y:51'] (73' Kristensen), Warrington [Y:41'] (67' Higgins), Quirk, Butterfield, Cannon, Mills, Whitaker (7' Kouyate [Y:83']).
Sub not Used: Nash.

Burnley 2 - 1 Everton

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #6
Friday 11 February 2022
Lancashire FA County Ground, Leyland

Everton Under-21s scored first but gave up goals at the end of each half of their last game in Group D of the Premier League Cup away against Burnley.

Everton took the lead on the half-hour when Dobbin cut in from the left and slotted his right-footed effort past the Burnley 'keeper. But the home side responded just before the break, drawing level.

And a second goal just before the end of the second half for the home side denied Everton any points from this one.

Everton U23s: Crellin, Astley, Welch, John*, Anderson, Quirk, Onyango, Gbamin (Price), Hughes (Campbell), Cannon, Dobbin.
Subs Not Used: Tyrer, Hagan, Kristensen.

* No line-up information was provided by Everton FC for this game. A 10-man teamsheet, plus subs was listed by other sources. We think the unlisted player was probably Kyle John.

Everton failed to qualify for the knockout stages of this season's U23 Premier League Cup, finishing 3rd in Group D:

Premier League Cup Group D Table
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 (Q) Peterborough United 6 3 1 2 13 8 5 10
2 (Q) Sheffield United 6 3 1 2 9 10 -1 10
3 Everton 6 3 0 3 8 9 -1 9
4 Burnley 6 2 0 4 8 11 -3 6

EFL Papa John's Trophy, 2021-22

Everton U21s were drawn against Carlisle United, Hartlepool United, and Morecambe in North Group A of the EFL Trophy for 2021-22.

Morecambe 0 - 1 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #1
Tuesday 14 September 2021
Mazuma Stadium, Morecambe

In a difficult game against their elders and presumed betters, Everton youngsters battled to impose an impressive degree of control on the game without scoring.

But that would change after Sean McAllister came on as a substitute for Lewis Dobbin just before the hour mark. And 7 minutes later, McAllister picked up a pass from Eli Campbell, made space, turned smartly and fired in off the post with the keeper rooted, to put Everton ahead.

That set up increasingly frantic later stages to the game as the home side tried everything in their playbook to get through the Everton defence... but failed.

Everton U21s: Leban, Mills, Astley, Campbell, Welch [Y:30'], Anderson, Whitaker, Price, Butterfield, Cannon (82' Warrington), Dobbin (57' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt, Kristiensen, Hughes, Hagan.

Carlisle United 2 - 0 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #2
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Brunton Stadium, Carlisle

For the hosts, former Everton Academy players included Morgan Feeney who was very solid in defence, while Manassa Mampala came on as a second-half sub.

After a long period of pressing, with Barret making a number of key saves in a tough first half, the home side went ahead just moments before half-time.

Unsworth made some changes and for a spell, Everton showed some attacking intent to relieve the relentless pressure. But his third change approaching the hour-mark, that saw Kouyate enter the action for the first time this season, was immediately followed by another soft goal for the hosts, headed on easily over Barrett.

And that's how the game finished, with Everton needing to pull out their tripe at Hartlepool in the final group game in November.

Everton U21s: Barrett, Welch, Anderson, Astley, John, Campbell, McAllister, Whitaker (46' Butterfield), Price (46' Warrington), Garcia (57' Kouyate), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Leban, Hughes, Quirk, Mills.

Hartlepool United 1 - 0 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #3
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Victoria Park, Hartlepool

An Everton Under-21 team lost narrowly to Hartlepool United in their third and final group game in the Papa John's (EFL) Trophy.

Everton's best chance came when Stan Mills glommed onto a tremendous ball over the defence and he tried to lob the Hartlepool goalkeeper, hitting the crossbar with him well beaten.

But Hartlepool had pushed Everton back and pressed them all game and their reward finally came on 71 minutes after more sustained pressure on the Everton defence. That's how it finished with Everton once again failing to progress in the EFL Trophy.

Everton U21s: Tyrer, Campbell, Astley, John, Welch, Price (73' Whitaker), Hughes, Onyango, Warrington (83' McAllister), Dobbin, Cannon (46' Mills).
Subs not Used: Barett, Anderson, Hunt, Quirk.

Under-23 Appearances, 2021-22

Player League Apps (Sub) League
Cup Apps
 Isaac Price 23 (1)  1 6 (1) 0
 Reece Welch 23 (0)  1 9 (0) 0
 Ryan Astley 23 (0)  0 8 (0) 0
 Stan Mills 21 (4)  3 4 (2) 3
 Kyle John 18 (0)  0 7 (0) 0
 Harry Tyrer 18 (0)  0 4 (0) 0
 Tom Cannon 17 (6)  8 7 (0) 1
 Lewis Dobbin 17 (1)  6 6 (0) 2
 Joe Anderson 15 (2)  1 5 (0) 0
 Eli Campbell 13 (4)  1 6 (1) 0
 Charlie Whitaker 13 (2)  5 5 (1) 0
 Rhys Hughes 12 (10)  2 5 (1) 1
 Luke Butterfield 12 (4)  0 2 (2) 0
 Lewis Warrington 12 (1)  0 6 (2) 0
 Tyler Onyango 10 (0)  0 4 (0) 0
 Mackenzie Hunt 6 (4)  0 2 (0) 0
 Sebastian Quirk 6 (3)  0 2 (0) 0
 Sean McAllister 4 (9)  0 2 (1) 1
 Zan-Luk Leban 4 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Ellis Simms 4 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Jarrad Branthwaite 4 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Emilio Lawrence 2 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jack Barrett 2 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Billy Crellin 2 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Rafael Garcia 1 (7)  2 1 (0) 0
 Katia Kouyate 1 (2)  1 0 (3) 1
 Sebastian Kristensen 1 (1)  0 0 (1) 0
 Jonjoe Kenny 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Francis Okoronkwo 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Liam Higgins 0 (2)  0 0 (1) 0
 Jenson Metcalfe 0 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Martin Sherif 0 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Harry Hagan  0 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Ed Jones 0 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jean-Philippe Gbamin 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Mathew Mallon 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Moise Kean 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Beni Baningime 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Nathangelo Markelo 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Einar Iversen 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Joao Virginia 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Roman Quintyne 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jak Stewart 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Pat Nash 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Thierry Small 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Nathan Broadhead 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0

2021-22 Friendlies

Everton 4 - 2 Warrington Rylands

Pre-season friendly; Game #1
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Finch Farm

Everton U21s began their pre-season friendlies with a win over Warrington Rylands at Finch Farm this evening, and a hat-trick from Lewis Dobbin.

After having a spell of training in Rafael Benitez's first-team squad last week - including an outing at the weekend in a 3-0 practice match win against Accrington Stanley - Dobbin was the star of this first pre-season friendly with a first-half hat-trick.

Dobbin scored the opening goal on 13 minutes when he intercepted a poor back pass and slotted a neat finish past the keeper. The second goal came on 20 minutes when Tom Cannon - who was on target in Everton's win against Accrington - headed home from close range after an effort from Stanley Mills had been saved.
Just after the half-hour, Dobbin ran on to a superb through pass from Luke Butterfield before rounding the keeper. And then, on 36 minutes, he dribbled his way through the Rylands defence before placing a shot past the keeper.

Everton's best effort of the second half came right at the end when Cannon forced a save after being teed up by Mills.

Guiseley 1 - 4 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #2
Saturday 17 July 2021
Nethermoor Park, Guiseley

Everton U21s saw another hat-trick from Lewis Dobbin secure a win in their second pre-season friendly, this one against Guiseley at Nethermoor Park on Saturday afternoon.

Everton were 4-1 winners, with all the goals being scored in the first half, Tom Cannon also getting on the scoresheet.

Guiseley got a goal back in the first half from a set-piece, but Unsworth's side saw the game out with no further scoring in the second half.

In the second half, Elijah Campbell and Isaac Price made way for Isaac Heath and the Number 17 [Who does not seem to have a name on the team sheet].

Everton U23s: Barrett, McAllister, Campbell (Heath), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Mills, Dobbin, Cannon, Price (#17?), Hughes.
Subs not Used: Leban, Kristensen, Hagan, Higgins.

Bradford Park Avenue 1 - 6 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #3
Wednesday 21 July 2021
Horsfall Stadium, Bradford

David Unsworth's U21s traveled to Bradford on Wednesday evening and secured a strong 6-1 win in their third pre-season friendly.

Everton went behind early on but then recovered to end the first half 3-1 up with goals from Lewis Dobbin, Tom Cannon and Kyle John.

Cannon got another after the break, with goals from Kristensn and Campbell rounding out Everton's impressive performance.

Everton U23s: Barrett, Baningame, Campbell, Lawrence, Hagan, Heath, Price, Metcalfe, John, Dobbin, Higgins.
Subs: Leban, Butterfield, Sherif, Welch, Hughes, Astley, McAllister, Kristensen, Cannon.

Carlisle United 3 - 2 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #4
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Brunton Park, Carlisle

Everton U21s travelled to Carlisle Utd for a training game this afternoon. The game was played behind closed doors with the home side edging it 3-2, with ex-Everton Academy player Manasse Mampala hitting the winner.

Everton went in front on 7 minutes through Tom Cannon and retook the lead when 16-year-old Eli Campbell struck on 66 minutes after a first-half equaliser from the home side.

Carlisle's second equaliser arrived on 83 minutes and, 60 seconds later, former Everton Academy player Manasse Mampala bent in a terrific finish for the winner.

Everton U23s: Leban, Campbell, John, Astley, Hughes, Iversen, Cannon, Dobbin, Butterfield, Price, Welch.
Subs: McAllister, Baningime, Mallon

Chorley 1 - 3 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #5
Tuesday 3 August 2021
Victory Park, Chorely

Lewis Dobbin scored his third pre-season hat-trick for the Under-21s as they beat Chorley this evening.

The young striker had already bagged hat-tricks against both Warrington Rylands and Guiseley earlier in pre-season, after playing for the first team in their practice match against Accrington Stanley at Finch Farm.

The 18-year-old took less than 10 minutes to find the net after a great forward pass from Tom Cannon.

Chorley equalised before the break, but Dobbin restored the lead with a right-footed shot under the keeper from a Stanley Mills cross.

A few minutes before full time, Dobbin completed his hat-trick with another lovely finish which found the back of the net off the far post.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Quirk (70' Hunt), Anderson, Astley, Welch, Butterfield (65' Warrington), Mills, Dobbin, Cannon (60' McAllister), Price, Whitaker.

Southport 1 - 2 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #6
Tuesday 3 August 2021
The Pure Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s came back from giving up a first-half goal to win their final pre-season friendly game 2-1 at their adopted home ground against hosts Southport.

A couple of very well-taken goals from Charlie Whitaker and Sean McAllister completed the turnaround after the interval. Whitaker weaved his way forward but unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner from outside the area. McAllister, on as a substitute, dribbled down the left-wing before shooting into the bottom corner of the Southport goal from outside the box.

Everton goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban saved a late penalty to ensure another impressive win for David Unsworth's side, who take a 100% pre-season record into the start of the Premier League 2 season next Monday when they travel to Blackburn Rovers.

Everton U23s (incomplete): Leban, Branthwaite, Quirk, Whitaker, (McAllister) Cannon.


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