Everton U23s came away from Watford with all the spoils thanks to a last-minute winner from Ellis Simms in their final group game of this season's Premier League Cup.
The Blues were already assured a place in the last-16 of a competition they won last season.
In the dying moments of a close game, Liam Higgins, appearing for the first time at this level, who had replaced Seb Quirk on 72 mins, found Simms with a very smart pass and, as usual, he provided an unerring finish for his 12th goal of the season.
Prior to that moment of quality, the game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw. Tyler Onyango was denied early on — the keeper diving bravely to stop the young midfielder's effort after an excellent free-kick delivery from Rhys Hughes.
Hughes wasn't too far away himself on 38 minutes when he created some space on the edge of the box and curled his shot just wide. The same player could have scored a couple of minutes after the break but he didn't strike his close-range effort cleanly enough and it was comfortably saved.
On 74 minutes, Manasse Mampala skipped past a couple of challenges only to see his final effort smothered by the keeper.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Joe Anderson, Onyango, Astley, Ouzounidis, Mampala, Denny, Simms, Quirk [Y:57'] (72' Higgins), Hughes (63' Branthwaite).
Subs: Hansen, Dobbin, Jon Anderson.
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1 Posted 20/02/2020 at 20:45:54
Wish the lads all the best on the night and hopefully get another win.
2 Posted 20/02/2020 at 23:16:11
Korede Adeydoin is now back after his loan at Hamilton; Josh Hosie as U18 right-back would be worth a look to see if he'll get a contract; maybe Tom Cannon up front... but it's hard to think of many more ready for a step up to the U23s even in a one-off match with nothing to lose.
3 Posted 21/02/2020 at 09:33:20
4 Posted 21/02/2020 at 12:51:38
But we have it seems been working hard to move older players on giving younger players a chance at this level. Its a dead game give the youngsters a go, the difference in their size and physicality compared to Oumar may cost us, but heh ho. I'll accept that getting better fitness for 1st team players may be a necessity.
5 Posted 21/02/2020 at 13:01:03
6 Posted 21/02/2020 at 13:41:52
If you look at some of even the smaller Clubs in Scotland, Raith Rovers (matchdays only) springs to mind, they have their own channel too. Let's hope something is in the pipeline so we can emulate our rivals, and get into the twenty-first century.
7 Posted 21/02/2020 at 14:47:56
8 Posted 21/02/2020 at 15:40:51
9 Posted 21/02/2020 at 18:03:06
10 Posted 21/02/2020 at 18:11:04
11 Posted 21/02/2020 at 18:54:58
Everton: Tyrer, John, Anderson (Joe), Onyango, Astley, Ouzounidis, Mampala, Denny, Simms, Quirk, Hughes: Subs: Branthwaite, Hansen, Dobbin, Higgins, Anderson (Jonathan)
12 Posted 21/02/2020 at 18:59:31
13 Posted 21/02/2020 at 19:00:54
14 Posted 21/02/2020 at 19:01:54
Sorry not working :-(
Maybe this or search Plymouth Argyle U23s on YouTube
15 Posted 21/02/2020 at 19:07:06
16 Posted 21/02/2020 at 20:53:56
17 Posted 21/02/2020 at 20:56:10
Think they mean "unerring"!
Unless it was a "herring" (dropped haitch) finish, whatever that is.
18 Posted 21/02/2020 at 21:09:56
19 Posted 21/02/2020 at 21:11:00
20 Posted 21/02/2020 at 06:52:19
22 Posted 26/02/2020 at 08:08:55
23 Posted 26/02/2020 at 09:53:20
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