Everton's current Youth Squad
is probably one of the best the club has had. Last
season, they looked like they would progress to the later stages, but
went out disappointingly to Norwich in a 4th Round replay. This
season, with the help of First Team youngsters and England U-18 star,
Danny Cadamarteri and Irish International, Richard Dunne, the youngsters
lifted the gloom of Goodison for an evening by holding off the strong
challenge of Blackburn Rovers and raising the coveted trophy
aloft. Congratulations, Lads!
Day Date Rnd Opponents Result Scorers
Tue 9 Dec 2nd (a) Blackpool W 1-0 Milligan
Thu 22 Jan 3rd (h) Stoke City W 1-0 Jeffers
Tue 3 Feb 4th (a) Watford W 3-2 Jevons, Osman, O'Brien
Thu 19 Mar 5th (h) Ipswich W 3-2 White(og), Jevons, Cadamarteri
Wed 1 Apr SF/1 (a) Leeds United W 1-0 O'Brien
Tue 7 Apr SF/2 (h) Leeds United W 2-1 Regan, Jevons
FA Youth Cup Final
Fri 1 May 1st Leg (a) Blackburn Rovers W 3-1 Jevons, Cadamarteri, Osman
Thu 7 May 2nd Leg (h) Blackburn Rovers D 2-2 Jeffers, Eaton.
Everton Win 5 - 3 on aggregate, to
take the FA Youth Cup!
Francis Jeffers got the goal after latching on to a through ball from
Danny Cadamarteri on the hour mark.
The goal was against the run of play though and Stoke looked the better
side for long periods, Everton's Irish youth international keeper Danny
Delaney was by far the busier of the two keepers.
On a very cold night in Watford, Everton's youngsters nearly slipped on
the ice and fell out of the Youth Cup after two goals for the home
side. They scored their two goals from classic through balls. First,
Gifton Noel-Williams ran through to get one-2-one with Dean Delaney in the
Everton goal and slotted it straight past Delaney's right arm.
Then Mathew Langston ran onto another nice through ball and we were
two-down, where it stayed till half-time.
Then, during an 8-minute blitz in the second half, Everton stole the
game. The goal scorers were Phil Jevons, Leon Osman and the winner
from Mike O'Brien. A great comeback: the lads were cheered off the
Ipswich: Stewart, Coburn, Lowes,
Fox, White, Walsh, Campbell (64 Woolnough), Farrington, Dickson, Logan (80
Miller), Ingles. Subs not used: Supple.
Ipswich got an early attack in and looked to be a side brought up on
the Ipswich 'passing' game. Everton took about 4 mins to get going, in an
attack which ended when Phil Jevons (who is also a big lad, but pretty
mobile) tried an optimistic scissor kick from the edge of the box. It was
only inches away from connecting properly, and would have been a real goal
of the season contender if it had gone right. Everton then started to
play. The improvement in the play in the couple of months since I saw them
v Blackpool was amazing.
Michael O'Brien (the captain) particularly and Leon Osman in the middle
of the field orchestrated some excellent passing play. O'Brien is the
spitting image of Gavin McCann (well, about 3 inches shorter) but he is a
real Peter Reid figure. Tireless worker, tackler, probing, getting others
moving. Excellent all round. Jamie Milligan was also putting in some
useful runs down the left.
Everton put in some sustained pressure and Ipswich's defence were
starting to feel the pressure. They obviously like to play it out form the
back, but Cadamarteri, in the same mould as his first team displays, just
wouldn't let them rest... harrying and chasing for any little mistakes. A
couple of times he dispossessed them and surged forward..
After numerous near misses and wicked inswinging corners just getting
cleared, we ironically got the breakthrough courtesy of an own goal. David
Poppleton, who I suspect will turn out to be one of those annoyingly 'laid
back' players that the crowd like to tell off for not working hard enough,
if he makes it to the first team – He has talent, but... He reminded me
of Kevin Sheedy, but on the right – Anyway, he went on a nice run down
the right hand side of the box and whipped in a hard low cross, which was
met by the hard low boot of an Ipswich player, into the goal. 1-0.
We really did dominate now. Crosses, corners galore, but couldn't quite
kill them off. An amazing sequence in the 36th minute had us up three
times where we thought the ball was in the net, but it wasn't.. It started
with a lovely run from Danny Cadamarteri which he nudged onto a post.
Then, in a goalmouth scramble, Poppleton followed up but his shot was
scrambled away. It fell to right-back Brian Regan who dinked in a lovely
cross onto the head of Leon Osman but hiss header struck firmly on the
Anyway, we only had to wait a few more minutes before a lovely run from
Leon Osman, beating a couple of tackles, was pushed to Danny Squid who
took it on to the by-line before pulling it back where Phil Jevons
swept it in from the edge of the 6-yd box. Super goal. Everton went in at
the break with a well-deserved 2-0 lead. 2-0 is always one of those tricky
scores. I mean, it's great to get, but you know that if they get one it
will be tight..
Ipswich still tried to play composed football despite the fact that
some of the Everton players (Cadamarteri and O'Brien in particular) looked
a class above. And sure enough they got some reward in the 56th minute
following a bit of a mess-up in the Everton defence which allowed Logan to
take it on and slot it past Dean Delaney. This goal was greeted noisily by
a fair number of Ipswich supporters who had come a long way to support
Anyway, Danny Cadamarteri then took it upon himself to restore
the 2-goal lead with a totally individual goal of some beauty. Killing a
long goalkick from Dean Delaney and turning his marker inside-out in one
movement, his pace took him away from any pursuers and he calmly slotted
it past their goalie. Round about this time, we did actually put the ball
in the net several times, but the were all overruled by some rather manic
flagging by the near linesman, who didn't seem to realise that it was the
position when the ball was 'kicked' that mattered, not where you receive
it. Danny suffered for this several times, as his pace took him clear (but
he was offside correctly quite a few times too, to be
Ipswich, to their credit continued to play good football and showed
some composure. They got a second goal in the 70th minute when a ball down
the right had Logan and Eaton running appace after it. Then Eaton went
flying after he appeared to be shoved off, but the referee didn't see it
that way and Logan put in a cross to their sub Walnaugh who had come on
for Campbell. He chipped a shot over the keeper, against the bar, where it
dropped fortunately for Farrington to nod in. We now had to worry whether
we would rue all the missed opportunities as Ipswich threw everything
forward, but we held out reasonably comfortably. It would have been a
travesty if we hadn't won.
Anyway, an excellent performance, and I'd like to see O'Brien given a
first team runout (if we could get safe). The semi-final will be over two
legs. Apparently, this is our first time in the semi since 1984 when we
won it with Ian Marshall as captain.
The Times: A STUNNING 25-yard volley
from Michael O'Brien, a midfield player, gave Everton a slender but
deserved advantage after the first leg of The Times FA Youth Cup
semi-final at Elland Road last night.
Everton, prompted by the pace of Danny Cadamarteri, a regular
first-team player, and the guile of Leon Osman created far more chances
than the holders, who will be grateful to go into the second leg on
Tuesday only one goal down.
Paul Robinson, the England Under-18 goalkeeper, was called into action
repeatedly as Everton attacked incisively. Leeds attempted to build with
patience through midfield, but were found lacking in the final third of
Everton had the ball in the net after 35 minutes when Jamie Milligan
clipped a quick free kick into the unguarded corner of Robinson's goal,
but Alan Wilkie, the referee, ordered it to be taken again because he was
still moving the wall back. The second attempt went high over the bar.
Leeds improved after the break and Dean Delaney, the Everton
goalkeeper, had to be at his best to thwart Tony Hackworth's close-range
Everton were still the more decisive and, when Jonathan Woodgate hauled
down Cadamarteri on the edge of the area, Milligan's fierce free kick
rapped against the foot of the post. Cadamarteri, booked in the first half
for dissent, escaped a red card when Wilkie decided to make do with a
lecture when the frustrated striker kicked the ball away.
With Leeds seeming to settle for a draw, Michael O'Brien seized
on a half-clearance and fired past Robinson. The goal and the victory were
no more than the Merseysiders deserved.
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Everton's young bucks win the FA Youth Cup in an entertaining second
leg before an enthusiastic home crowd so eager for something to cheer.
Player Pld (Sub) Goals Player Pld (Sub) Goals
Delaney 8 (-) - O'Brien 8 (-) 2
Regan 8 (-) 1 Osman 7 (-) 2
Dunne 8 (-) - Poppleton 8 (-) -
Farley 7 (-) - Milligan 8 (-) 1
Eaton 8 (-) 1 Cadamarteri 7 (-) 2
McDermott 1 (-) - Jevons 7 (1) 4
Hibbert - (7) - Jeffers 3 (2) 2
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