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Everton U21s 4 - 3 Leicester City U21s

Everton U21s secured a fine win with the best of seven goals against Leicester City at the Big Help Stadium in Southport this evening.

The Young Foxes took the lead on 20 minutes but Reece Welch got the Blues back into it 3 minutes later, before Charlie Witaker made it 2-1 going into the break. 

The visitors came back strongly in the second half going into the head with 2 goals and less than 10 minutes left when Whitaker converted a penalty to tie the game at 3-3.

Minutes later, Jenson Metcalfe got the winner with 2 minutes left of normal time. 

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Everton U21s: Crellin, Onyango [Y:47'], Hunt, Welch, Jones, Warrington, Whitaker, John, Kouyate, Metcalfe [Y:52'] (90+5' Djankpata), Armstrong (73' Barker).

Subs not Used: Barnsley, Moonan, Heath.


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David Bromwell
1 Posted 08/03/2024 at 21:02:58
Good start to the weekend! The Under-21 team have just beaten Leicester 4 - 3. With young Metcalfe in midfield looking good. More of the same tomorrow would be a big lift for us all.
Dave Williams
2 Posted 08/03/2024 at 21:08:27
Anyone else catching your eye David?
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 08/03/2024 at 21:14:54
Thought Metcalfe was the pick. Warrington looked assured and Whittaker was tricky and clever. Onyango won most his duels and is a level above this now. Him and Warrington need loans to League One to see if they can step up.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 08/03/2024 at 21:15:50
Yes, Metcalfe had a good second half, I only watched the second half, Charlie Whitaker looked good, I thought he was going to be special but injuries have spoiled his career, hopefully he can still regain that style and confidence he had a couple of years ago, don't know how long he has got on his present contract.

The team did well to come back from conceding two goals, one a dubious penalty, with only eight minutes left, then seven were added on after we had taken the lead again.

Andrew Keatley
5 Posted 12/03/2024 at 02:45:56
I am intrigued by Harrison Armstrong. I don't know much about him but he only recently turned 17 and, after establishing himself in the Under-18s in the first half of the season, he is now getting consistent minutes for the Under-21s. He had a quiet game against Leicester, but he looks neat and tidy and seems to be pretty two-footed – but the fact that he is getting chances suggests that the academy rates him highly.

Owen Barker did very well when he came on, but nobody looked a clear class above to me. Metcalfe is very promising, but I think he takes too many touches at times – and Welch, Warrington, John and Hunt are all very capable at this level.

I think the physicality that Tyler Onyango has is such a weapon if he can learn how to properly capitalise on it, but as ever, I'm looking for more from him in terms of taking control of a game.

It was good to see Charlie Whitaker get 90 minutes for the first time in a long time (I think) although I sadly think that he'll have to leave the club to progress. He'll be 21 at the start of next season and in the final year of his contract, but I'm struggling to see more for him than a solid career in the lower leagues, perhaps similar to Conor McAleny. He seems to have a real appetite for hard work though, so you never know.

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