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Everton U21s 0 - 4 Brighton U21s

Everton U21s lost heavily to Brighton tonight at the Big Help Stadium – the latest incarnation of Haig Avenue in Southport.

Despite dominating possession in the first half, Everton fell behind after a poor clearance was punished 5 minutes before the break. But they went further behind 5 minutes after the break.

The Chelsea trialist Malik Mothersille again came off the bench in the second half. But two more goals conceded after he came on underlined a dismal first home game of what is already looking like a difficult season for Paul Tai's youngsters.

Everton U21s: Barrett, Dixon, Hunt, Moonan, Astley, Butterfield (48' Apter), Heath [Y:26'], Metcalfe [Y:90+2'], Okoronkwo, Djankpata [Y:2'] (65' Mothersille), Kouyate (84' J Paterson).

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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 25/08/2023 at 18:47:56
U21s v Brighton.

Everton U21s

Jack Barrett
Roman Dixon
Mackenzie Hunt
Bradley Moonan
Ryan Astley (C)
Luke Butterfield
Isaac Heath
Jenson Metcalfe
Francis Okoronkwo
Halid Djankpata
Katia Kouyate

Dylan Graham
Jack Butler
Matthew Apter
Jack Patterson
Malik Mothersille


Killian Cahill
Casper Nilsson
Jacob Slater
Leigh Kavanagh
Noel Atom
Jack Hinchy (C)
Benicio Baker-Boatey
Samy Chouchane
Mark O'Mahony
Jamie Mullins
Josh Duffus

Jack Hinshelwood
Tommy Reid
Luca Barrington
Ben Jackson
Brody Peart

Tony Everan
2 Posted 25/08/2023 at 21:13:43
Well the stadium didn’t live up to its name tonight.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 25/08/2023 at 22:10:02
Could only watch the first half and then had to leave. First half even Stephens. Really liked the look of Isaac Heath, smallish but tricky. And Jenson Metcalfe looked up for it - pity he missed time out with that injury. Shocking keeper error for that first goal conceded.
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 26/08/2023 at 06:56:03
I'm guessing quite clearly the academy still isn't producing much then?
Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 26/08/2023 at 07:41:25
I suppose there are two angles to look at this.

I never really look into too much detail of the results of the development teams.

But our academy hasn't been producing. It depends what we want from it. There are two angles. Feed the first team or make money.

Some could argue we got £45 million for Anthony Gordon, so in that respect, a success on the business side.

I'd love to see an overhaul of the development system. I'd love to see more come through to play for Everton.

But it is very rare. In any club. Most are released and go onto play elsewhere.

David Bromwell
6 Posted 26/08/2023 at 08:36:03
A good youth development system should surely be part of the foundations of a well-run and well-managed football club. And in fairness later today we will likely have a number of homegrown players in the match-day squad.

Trouble is, as we well know, the manager has very little to choose from and his options are very limited. In short, he has no choice. But if things were different what a joy this would be.

I can never understand how we can pay a fortune for a young player from abroad and put him in the first team immediately, whilst our own homegrown players have to be exiled to lower leagues for their development. Quite simply, this is yet a further example of one of the things the club don't do very well.

Maybe today, when we don't have a senior striker worthy of the name, young Tom Cannon will get his chance and score his first senior goal. I expect that is his dream too.

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