Everton U23s 3 - 0 Watford U23s
Antony Evans scored twice in Everton's 3-0 Premier League Cup victory over Watford at Southport on Monday night. Evans found the net in the second half with a fine header and a fantastic free-kick after Matthew Foulds had fired home the opener.Neither side showed sufficient cutting edge in the final third to break through in a scrappy first half. Harry Charsley sent an early header over the bar from an Alex Denny cross and, just before the break, Ellis Simms was teed up nicely by Evans but the striker's angled drive was well saved
Everton goalkeeper Nico Hansen was largely untested at the other end until he had to smother a shot in first-half stoppage time.
Just 2 minutes after the restart, Everton took the lead. Evans made space on the right and fed the ball to Simms, whose first-time shot flashed across the face of the goal where Foulds slammed it into the net. The defender turned provider 6 minutes later when his cross from the left was expertly headed home by Evans.
The lively Foulds should have scored again on the hour mark but, after fine approach play from Evans and Simms, he pulled his effort wide of the target from 10 yards.
The third goal was the pick of the bunch — a real beauty. Evans was fouled 25-yards out and picked himself up to curl a wonderful direct free-kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net.
Watford had their moments but found Hansen in fine form. The young stopper made a string of fine saves and looked secure all evening.
Everton U23s: Hansen, Denny, Foulds, Joe Anderson, Astley, Ouzounidis, Iversen (82' Hunt), Evans, Simms, Markelo (65' Mampala), Charsley.
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Onyango.
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1 Posted 03/12/2019 at 11:24:54
Well done the under 23s!
2 Posted 03/12/2019 at 11:38:23
3 Posted 03/12/2019 at 11:44:22
4 Posted 03/12/2019 at 11:48:16
I was posting that, although there was no end product in terms of goals, I thought Simms looked a lot more effective last night. Won a lot of aerial and ground battles against the CB and laid off some good passes.
Antony Evans had an absolute stormer!
5 Posted 03/12/2019 at 11:57:20
6 Posted 03/12/2019 at 12:09:59
7 Posted 03/12/2019 at 12:17:56
Contrast him with his main cohort, Korede Adedoyin who made a ridiculous move to Hamilton academicals of the SPL on loan. I strongly criticised this and that of Joao Virginia. Both have been utter disasters. They've played 2.5 games between them, with Korede's 59 minutes coming in the Scottish Challenge Cup, whatever the hell that is. Ross County are Champions and Rangers only won it on their way back through the pyramid, so it's obviously a two bit trophy. Korede has not even made the first team bench yet. So, he's gone on loan from our u18s to their reserves, when the reality is he would have been playing for our u23s this season and it's worth noting that he's slightly older than Anthony Gordon.
8 Posted 03/12/2019 at 12:21:12
Certainly age is on Simms' side.
9 Posted 03/12/2019 at 12:22:05
10 Posted 03/12/2019 at 12:27:39
11 Posted 03/12/2019 at 12:32:41
12 Posted 03/12/2019 at 13:05:29
Some polished items are none too pleasant, Steve!
13 Posted 03/12/2019 at 15:09:16
Personally I believe Simms is still the one most likely to come through, they are working on his game all the time.
14 Posted 03/12/2019 at 16:50:34
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