22/09/2023 25comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U21s 2 - 1 Norwich City U21s

Everton U21s play Norwich City U21s in Premier League 2 on Friday evening at Walton Hall Park. Jack Harrison played the first half in his quest for fitness as the Blues secured their first win of the season.

Paul Tait's young side were still looking for their first win as the club's poor start to the current season continues to resonate for the senior Academy teams as well. 

Some of the more experienced players were returning from long injury layoffs, with Luke Butterfield back in action and Eli Campbell returning to the side that was defeated in the EFL trophy at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday. And this was an opportunity for Jack Harrison to make his first appearance in an Everton shirt since joining the club on loan from Leeds Utd.

Kouyate was cut down coming into the Norwich area, leading to a penalty that Francis Okoronkwo buried into the corner. Harrison showed some lively moves and had a decent shot that flew just over before he was withdrawn at the break.

Article continues below video content

Less than a minute and Jenson Metcalfe was gifted a poor clearance by the Norwich goalkeeper which he punished with aplomb. But Norwich got one back through Charlie Wilson, former Everton Academy player. 

The Blues held out despite strong pressure from the visitors to secure their first win of the season.

Everton U21s: Barrett, Dixon, Astley, Butler [Y:65'], Campbell, Onyango, Kouyate (88' Sherif), Metcalfe, Harrison (46' John (79' Moonan)), Butterfield (75' Djankpata), Okoronkwo.

Subs not Used: Barnsley.


Reader Comments (25)

Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer ()

Rob Halligan
1 Posted 22/09/2023 at 18:56:50
Jack Harrison playing for the U21s at Walton Hall Park tonight, live on Everton TV.

But I know how you all how have so much difficulty in logging on to Everton TV, so might just give you an update! 😁😁😁

Tony Everan
2 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:24:01
Rob, anyone else who wants to watch, the U21 game is on Everton’s YouTube channel now, free to watch.

20 minutes gone 0-0.

Rob Halligan
3 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:26:27
Tony, if nothing else, Jack Harrison looks pretty fit. Had a couple of decent runs down the right, and had one chance, cutting in from the right, and smashing a shot towards goal which was deflected over for a corner.
Rob Halligan
4 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:29:13
Another good run down the right by Harrison, getting deep into the Norwich penalty area, before being crowded out by the defenders.
Rob Halligan
5 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:32:07
Penalty for Everton, and slammed home by Okoronkwo.
Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:35:55
"Difficult conditions"???

What's that then, Snods? 11 opposition players on the field?

Tony Everan
7 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:41:21
Rob, yes he is looking sharp, he’s going to be useful for us down the right. Maybe they’ll bring him off at HT or not long after and subs bench tomorrow.

There’s a fair bit of negativity around at the moment but we have strong options going forward now . Harrison , McNeil , Danjuma competing/ rotating the wide positions , Beto , DCL same for centre forward. It sounds good to me a bit of quality and more strength in depth than in a ling time.

Dare I say it , if the central midfield steps up we could go on a roll .

Paul Ferry
8 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:43:42
I'm enjoying this! Some confidence on the ball, Harrison looks bright and sharp. And we won't lose tomorrow. That's late getting back to The Rocket Rob. Have a great day!
Rob Halligan
9 Posted 22/09/2023 at 19:53:45
1-0 half time. Harrison had two more runs at the Norwich defence towards the half time break, but caught in two minds to whether shoot or pass, and in the end did neither. Don’t know if he’ll appear for the second half, but his fitness looks ok, and in my opinion, should at least be on the bench for the midweek cup game at Villa.

Yes Paul, probably around midnight I reckon, but will be worth it as we bring those three points home.

Rob Halligan
10 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:07:22
Harrison subbed, although he has spent the entire halftime break doing sprints up and down the length of the pitch.
Paul Ferry
11 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:10:16
Getting ready to head off to John Lennon for the bench tomorrow.
Rob Halligan
12 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:10:58
2-0. Poor by the Norwich keeper, playing a back pass straight to Metcalfe who fired home.
Barry Hesketh
13 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:11:27
Michael has got into such a bad habit of putting up Everton losing matches that even when we've converted a penalty he has Everton losing one-nil :)
Paul Ferry
14 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:12:08
Now that was bad defending 2-0.
Barry Hesketh
15 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:12:27
Now we've scored again and it's 2-0 Norwich.
Rob Halligan
16 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:14:45
Two OG’s, Barry!
Michael Kenrick
17 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:16:10
Oh shit... really! Thanks, Barry – I claim PTSD.

Did they mention that Charlie Wilson for Norwich was was formerly with Everton Academy, released in the summer?

David West
18 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:20:17
Excited to see Harrison in a first-team blue shirt. How did you guys think he got on? I know it's about fitness at this point but does he get in ahead of Danjuma or McNeil?

McNeil hasn't looked fully fit yet in my opinion. I'd like Dyche to tuck the wide players infield a bit, inside-forwards supporting the striker.

Rob Halligan
19 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:29:23
2-1. Charlie Wilson slams home after the ball pings around the six yard box.
Michael Kenrick
20 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:29:41
They have now – Charlie just scored for the Canary Chicks.
Paul Ferry
21 Posted 22/09/2023 at 20:32:44
Blah fecking blah bluster, we've let another jewel go,
Paul Ferry
22 Posted 22/09/2023 at 21:01:24
That was the most entertaining game I've seen so far this season involving a team in Everton shirts.
Rob Halligan
23 Posted 22/09/2023 at 21:02:31
Finished 2-1. Was backs to the wall after Norwich scored, but overall probably just about deserved the win.

I like the look of Okoronkwo up front, who, besides putting away the penalty, is prepared to run at defenders and has a fair bit of pace about him. Hopefully we don't cash in on him.

Dave Abrahams
24 Posted 22/09/2023 at 21:05:47
Thanks for the reports, Rob, I forgot all about the game.

Hope you come back smiling tomorrow night.

Svein-Roger Jensen
25 Posted 22/09/2023 at 21:21:04
Winning! A strange feeling.

Add Your Comments

In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.

» Log in now

Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.

How to get rid of these ads and support TW

© ToffeeWeb