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Everton Under-23s, 2021-22

[History of Everton Reserves]

Everton's Under-23s largely represent the end product of the renowned Everton Academy at Finch Farm which is a Category A Elite Development entity under the current Premier League/FA rules and has produced a number of players now on the threshold of breaking into the Blues' first team. Since 2016, they play in the FA Premier League 2, with the number of teams increasing to 14 in Division 1.

As well as the U23s competing in the Premier League Cup and the Premier League International Cup, Everton are also one of the Premier League Development sides that enter U21 teams into the Papa John's (ne EFL) Trophy against the senior sides from Football League One and League Two.

· Results & Fixtures A record of Everton's Under-23 matches for the season
· League Table Current standings in Premier League 2
· Match Details Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
· Appearances A table of Under-23 appearances for all senior players
· Friendlies Results from Under-23 friendly matches

Everton Under-23s will split their home matches between the 'Pure' Stadium at Haig Avenue in Southport and Goodison Park this season, with some games also being played at Finch Farm. 

Everton's games in the 2021-22 Liverpool Senior Cup  and Lancashire Senior Cup were contested by the Under-18s, together with the FA Youth Cup too.


FIXTURES AND RESULTS, 2021-22

Under-23 Competitive Games All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Comp
Mon 16 Aug Blackburn Rovers (A) 2 - 2 Whitaker, Mills Ewood Park PL2: 1
  Mon 23 Aug Liverpool (H)   1 - 3 Garcia Haig Avenue PL2: 2
  Fri 27 Aug Crystal Palace (A)   1 - 3 Whitaker Selhurst Park PL2: 3
  Fri 10 Sep Derby County (H)   1 - 0 Whitaker Haig Avenue PL2: 4
  Tue 14 Sep Morecambe (A)   1 - 0 McAllister Mazuma Stadium PJT:A1
  Fri 17 Sep Sheffield United (H)   1 - 3 Dobbin Haig Avenue PLC:D1
  Mon 20 Sep Leicester City (A)   1 - 3 Hughes LCFC Training Ground PL2: 5
  Fri 24 Sep Manchester Utd (H)   0 - 1   Haig Avenue PL2: 6
  Tue 28 Sep Carlisle United (A)   0 - 2   Brunton Park PJT:A2
  Sat  2 Oct West Ham United (A)   1 - 3 Mills Rush Green PL2: 7
  Mon 18 Oct Leeds United (H)   4 - 2 Campbell, Dobbin, Whitaker, Hughes Haig Avenue PL2: 8
  Fri 22 Oct Arsenal (A)   0 - 4   Meadow Park PL2: 9
  Mon 25 Oct Burnley (H)   2 - 0 Hughes, Cannon Haig Avenue PLC:D2
  Sat 30 Oct Chelsea (A)   1 - 1 Cannon Cherry Red Stadium PL2:10
  Tue  2 Nov Hartlepool United (A)   1 - 0   Victoria Park PJT:A3
  Sun  7 Nov Manchester City (H)   3 - 2 Cannon, Slicker (og), Whitaker Haig Avenue PL2:11
  Mon 22 Nov Brighton & Hove Albion (H)   2 - 1 Dobbin, Hughes Goodison Park PL2:12
  Fri 26 Nov Tottenham Hotspur (A)   0 - 4   Lamex Stadium PL2:13
  Wed  1 Dec Peterborough (H)   0 - 3   Haig Avenue PLC:D3
  Mon  6 Dec Arsenal (H)   2 - 0 Cannon, Kouyate Haig Avenue PL2:14
  Fri  17 Dec Peterborough (A)   19:00   Zeeco Stadium PLC:D4
Mon 20 Dec Leeds United (A) 19:00 LNER Stadium PL2:15
  Thu  6 Jan Sheffield United (A)   19:00   Technique Stadium PLC:D5
  Mon 10 Jan Crystal Palace (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:16
  Sun 16 Jan Liverpool (A)   14:00   Liverpool Academy PL2:17
  Mon 24 Jan Tottenham Hotspur (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:18
  Sun  6 Feb Leicester City (H)   13:00   Haig Avenue PL2:19
  Fri 11 Feb Burnley (A)   19:00   Leyland Ground PLC:D6
  Mon 21 Feb Derby County (A)   19:00   Loughborough Uni PL2:20
  Mon 28 Feb Chelsea (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:21
  Fri 11 Mar Brighton & Hove Albion (A)   19:00   Amex Centre PL2:22
  Fri 18 Mar Manchester United (A)   19:00   Leigh Sports Village PL2:23
  Mon  4 Apr Blackburn Rovers (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:24
  Mon 25 Apr West Ham United (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:25
  Fri 29 Apr Manchester City (A)   19:00   Academy Stadium PL2:26

U23 Pre-Season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Tue 13 Jul Warrington Rylands (H) 4 - 2 Dobbin 3, Cannon Finch Farm F1
  Sat 17 Jul Guiseley (A)   4 - 1 Dobbin 3, Cannon Nethermoor Park F2
  Wed 21 Jul Bradford Park Ave (A)   6 - 1 Dobbin, Cannon 2, John, Kristensen, Campbell Horsfall Stadium F3
  Tue 27 Jul Carlisle United (A)   2 - 3 Cannon, Campbell   F4
  Tue  3 Aug Chorley (A)   3 - 1 Dobbin 3 Victory Park F5
  Sat  7 Aug Southport (A)   2 - 1 Whitaker, MacAllister The Pure Stadium F6

F denotes Friendly fixture
TF denotes Friendly tournament fixture
XI denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the first team)
PL2 denotes Premier League 2 fixtures
PLC denotes Premier League Cup fixtures
PLIC denotes Premier League International Cup fixtures
PJT denotes EFL Trophy fixtures


FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2, Division 1, 2021-22


Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Ham 14 10 1 3 37 19 18 31
2 Tottenham 14 8 3 3 37 22 15 27
3 Arsenal 14 8 2 4 38 30 8 26
4 Manchester City 14 7 3 4 31 22 9 24
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 6 5 3 24 17 7 23
6 Crystal Palace 14 7 0 7 32 29 3 21
7 Manchester United 14 6 3 5 24 23 1 21
8 Everton 14 5 2 7 19 29 -10 17
9 Leicester City 13 4 4 5 19 28 -9 16
10 Liverpool 14 4 3 7 19 27 -8 15
11 Chelsea 14 3 5 6 20 28 -8 14
12 Derby County 13 4 1 8 24 24 0 13
13 Leeds United 14 3 3 8 29 35 -6 12
14 Blackburn Rovers 14 2 5 7 20 38 -18 11

Under-23 Match Details, 2021-22

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-23 matches during the 2021-22 Season.

Premier League 2, Division 1

Starting in 2017-18, the U21 Premier League (which itself replaced the old Reserves league that stretched back to an age that pre-dated the formation of the Football League in 1888) was renamed Premier League 2 formed of 24 Category 1 Development teams from top-tier Premier League and Championship clubs. Last season saw PL2 expanded to 26 teams; this season, PL2 has been further expanded to 28 clubs operating in two divisions.

Each team can field a goalkeeper over the age limit and up to three ‘over-age’ outfield players in every match.

2021-22 Format

Division 1 Division 2
Arsenal Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion Burnley
Chelsea Fulham
Crystal Palace Middlesbrough
Derby County Newcastle United
Everton Norwich City
Leeds United Nottingham Forest
Leicester City Reading
Liverpool Stoke City
Manchester City Southampton
Manchester United Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United Wolverhampton Wanderers

Clubs play each other once at home and once away, with the top team in Division 1 named as Champions. The bottom two teams in Division 1 get relegated to Division 2. In Division 2, the league winners get automatic promotion to Division 1; teams ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th go into a promotion play-off. There is no relegation from Division 2.


Blackburn Rovers 2 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #1
Monday 16 August 2021
Ewood Park, Blackburn

David Unsworth's Under-23 side started the season in earnest with a hard-fought draw at Ewood Park when they took on Blackburn Rovers U23s in their first Premier League 2 game.

Everton battled hard for much of the first half but went behind just before the break when Tyrer parried a shot, the rebound slotted into the net.

The Everton youngsters went further behind in the second half, in similar fashion. But Charlie Whitaker headed home a Hughes corner to half the deficit and then they got another one to equalise when Hughes's free-kick was headed out but Stanley Mills smashed a glorious half-volley into the top corner of the net.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson (62' Garcia [Y:87']), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Hughes, Whitaker, Dobbin (61' Cannon), Price, McAllister (46' Mills).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warrington.

Everton 1 - 3 Liverpool

Premier League 2, Game #2
Monday 23 August 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton were under the cosh from their older rivals from the off and did remarkably well to get to 40 minutes before they conceded to the inevitable red onslaught.

Liverpool went further ahead after the break but substitutes Dobbin and Garcia combined as Garcia hit back to get on the scoresheet. But Liverpool went further ahead before another Everton substitute, Liam Higgins, hit the bar and then missed an absolute sitter from 4 yards.

Everton U23s: Leban, John, Anderson (78' Higgins [Y:]), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Mills [Y:65'], Whitaker [Y:29'], Cannon (58' Garcia), Price [Y:31'], McAllister (58' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hughes.

Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #3
Friday 27 August 2021
Selhurst Park, London

Everton's Under-23s suffered a second successive 3-1 defeat, this time at Selhurst Park this evening.

Newcomers to Premier League 2, Crystal Palace took the lead just before the half-hour mark through Rak-Sayki but the Blues had the chance to level things up 5 minutes into the second half when Lewis Dobbin powered past his man but was felled and the referee pointed to the spot.

Unfortunately Rhys Hughes's tame spot-kick was saved and Palace were awarded a penalty of their own just a couple of minutes later, Rob Street made no mistake from 12 yards.

It was 3-0 not long afterwards when Street bundled it over the line from close range after the Blues' defence failed to clear their lines.

A brilliant free-kick from Charlie Whitaker clawed a goal back 12 minutes before the end.

Everton U23s: Leban, John, Welch, Astley, Campbell, Price [Y:62'], Butterfield, Mills, Whitaker, Hughes [Y:16'] (60' Garcia), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson, Higgins, Cannon.

Everton 1 - 0 Derby County

Premier League 2, Game #4
Friday 10 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton got off to a brilliant start, going ahead through a fine Charlie Whitaker strike inside the first 5 minutes. Stan Mills played him in but he had a lot of work to do, controlling the ball well then changing direction and firing across goal, inside the far post.

But as the half progressed, they allowed Derby to come back into the game more and more. Yet they still kept crafting fairly decent attacking moves, creating a number of half-chances, none of which was converted.

Everton came under more pressure in the second half especially from a Derby free-kick, when the ball was cleared on the line by a fantastic kick by Eli Campbell off his own crossbar, it was that close!

But Everton defended their lead through 6 minutes of added time to secure their first very hard-fought win of the season.

Everton U23s: Leban, Mills [Y:77'], Campbell, Astley, Welch, Anderson, Butterfield, Warrington (64' Hughes), Dobbin (73' Cannon), Price, Whitaker (82' McAllister [Y:88']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt.

Leicester City 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #5
Friday 27 August 2021
LCFC Training Ground, Leicester

Everton went behind after 6 minutes and gave up another goal before half-time. The home side scored again on the hour mark but Everton dug in and got a consolation goal back through Rhys Hughes in added time.

Everton U23s: Leban; Mills [Y:48'], Campbell, Astley, Welch (47' Garcia), Anderson; McAllister, Butterfield, Dobbin (64' Cannon), Price (71' Hughes), Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warrington.

Everton 0 - 1 Manchester United

Premier League 2, Game #6
Friday 24 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Jarrad Branthwaite, at 19 one of the older players that Usworth can call upon, was a bit of a surprise in the starting line-up, returning to the U23s after being a part of the senior squad and on the bench for most of the Premier League games so far, without being utilized.

Giving up an early goal has been something of an ongoing theme and this match was no different as the Blues went behind inside just 3 minutes. But they stabilized things and prevented the visitors from going any further ahead before the break.

The display from the Blues was better in the second half, when they defended well and were worth a goal at least but the elusive equalizer was not forthcoming.

There was some fine argie-bargie at the end of normal time, Whitaker reacting to blatant aggression from Elanga, the Man Utd goalscorer. Whitaker, Elanga and another Man Utd player were dismissed by the referee.

The result consolidates Everton's dreadful start to the season, and drops them to 13th in the 14-team Division 1 of PL2, Derby County the team at the foot of the table with two games in hand and only a point behind.

Everton U23s: Barrett, John, Anderson, Astley, Welch, Branthwaite, Mills (46' Garcia), Butterfield, Whitaker [R:90+2'], Price (78' Warrington), Hughes [Y:56'] (58' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Leban, Campbell

West Ham Utd 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #7
Saturday 2 October 2021
Rush Green, London

West Ham scored 2 goals before the half-hour mark but Stan Mills got one back before the break. However, West Ham went further ahead with a goal just after the hour to chalk up another 3-1 loss for the young Blues.

Everton U23s: Barrett, John, Campbell (81' McAllister), Astley, Welch [Y:80'], Butterfield, Mills, Hunt [Y:69'], Kouyate (67' Cannon), Price, Hughes.
Subs not Used: Stewart, Anderson, Warrington

Everton 4 - 2 Leeds United

Premier League 2, Game #8
Monday 18 October 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton fell behind to two goals from the visitors in the first half. But the fightback began with Eli Campbell climbing high to power a terrific header over the keeper and into the net before half-time.

Then Harry Tyrer found Whitaker on the right with a good piece of distribution from the back and he flicked the ball into the path of Mills, who squared it for Dobbin to fire first-time past the keeper and put Everton level before the hour mark.

And the fightback was complete when Cannon's shot fell to Whitaker and he fired home to make it 3-2 for the young Blues with 5 minutes left. But the scoring wasn't complete as there was more to come before the final whistle Rhys Hughes finding the bottom corner to make it 4-2 at the end of normal time.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John [Y:49'], Campbell [Y:44'], Welch, Astley, Warrington, Mills (80' Hughes), Price, Whitaker, Onyango (82' Butterfield [Y:90+2']), Dobbin (68' Cannon).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Arsenal 4 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #9
Friday 22 October 2021
Meadow Park, London

Arsenal inflicted a comprehensive 4-0 defeat on Unsworth's proteges — their biggest defeat of a poor season so far.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Warrington, Mills (56' Hughes), Price, Cannon, Onyango (82' Butterfield), Whitaker (77' Hunt).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #10
Saturday 30 October 2021
Kingsmeadow, London

Everton went ahead when Tom Cannon ran on to a great forward pass and fired it into the Chelsea net.

But the home side snatched a draw when they equalized in the 90th minute.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Warrington, Hughes (85' Quirk [Y:89']), Onyango, Cannon (74' Whitaker), Price, Dobbin (62' Mills [Y:85']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Everton 3 - 2 Manchester City

Premier League 2, Game #11
Saturday 6 November 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

David Unsworth's U23s came back from a first-half goal down in Southport to secure a massive win over Manchester City.

[Kyle John was unwell before the game and Seb Quirk played in his place, reducing the subs bench to four players.]

And they could only keep Man City at bay for less than half-an-hour before conceding the first goal, but did very well to come back before the break with Tom Cannon pouncing on a through-ball from Stan Mills to score a really good equalizer.

In the second half, Tom Cannon's drive beat the Man City keeper but hit the bar and Stan Mills followed up to volley a super shot that hit the post and goes in off the keeper. They all count!

And it got even better for the young Blues as the second-half subs combined superbly Hughes pulling the ball back for Whitaker's shot to squirm underneath the keeper, who may feel he should have saved it.

But City came back into it with a low cross that was deflected into his own net by Ryan Astely. In the last minute of added time, City hit the bar but the Blues hung on for a tremendous morale-boosting win!

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John Quirk, Anderson [Y:90+3'], Welch, Astley, Warrington, Mills (72' Hughes), Price [Y:36'], Cannon, Onyango [Y:74'] (79' McAllister), Dobbin (68' Whitaker).
Subs not Used: Barrett.

Everton 2 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Premier League 2, Game #12
Monday 22 November 2021
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton did well to gain the advantage in the first half with goals from Lewis Dobbin and Reece Welch. Tom Cannon and Joe Anderson came on after the break.

In the second half, Brighton came back into the game strongly with a stream of attacks that included hitting the post and forcing important saves from Harry Tryer. Mills was the last sub, replacing Lewis Warrington.

Evan Ferguson had been a danger all night for the visitors and he finally scored with 12 minutes left after a fine run and hard shot that Tyrer could not stop. But Everton held on to secure an important win.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Astley, Welch, Branthwaite [Y:35'] (46' Anderson), John, Onyango [Y:27'], Warrington (72' Mills [Y:90+4']), Price [Y:11'], Hughes, Dobbin, Simms (46' Cannon).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Garcia.

Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #13
Friday 26 November 2021
Lamex Stadium, Stevenage

Spurs inflicted a comprehensive 4-0 defeat on Unsworth's protégés — close on the heels of a similar hammering on their visit to Arsenal last month.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson, Welch (78' Campbell), Astley, Warrington, Mills, Onyango, Cannon, Price, Hughes.
Subs not used: Barrett, McAllister, Hunt, Higgins.

Everton 2 - 0 Arsenal

Premier League 2, Game #14
Saturday 6 December 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

This game kicked off an hour before the big one involving the senior teams at Goodison Park.

It was getting late into the second half when Tom Cannon scored. Katiya Kouyate came on as a sub and made sure of the fine win in added time.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson, Welch, Astley, Onyango, Dobbin (90' Mills), Price, Cannon (90+2' Campbell), Warrington [Y:65'], Hughes [Y:37'] (75' Kouyate).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Whitaker.


Premier League International Cup, 2021-22

2014-15 saw the introduction of The Premier League International Cup —  with invited European sides competing in a four-group tournament. 2021-22, the 5th season of the Premier League's continental competition for development teams, Everton entered an U23 side into the Premier League International Cup, in a tournament that was cancelled last season because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The format of the International Cup sees 24 clubs - 12 from England & Wales and the other half from Europe - competing in six groups of four teams with each side playing each other once, either home, away or at a neutral venue, with all games to be staged in England. There are two representatives from Europe and two from England & Wales in every group, with the top club in each plus the two best placed runners-up advancing to the knockout stages of the competition. 

The 2021-22 Premier League International Cup group draw in full is as follows:-

The Premier League International Cup permits three over-aged players in addition to an over-aged goalkeeper.  All fixtures in the competition will be played in England, with the group games to be completed by Monday 13 January 2020.


Premier League Cup, 2021-22

The Premier League Under-23 cup draw has been confirmed below, Here is our group and others​ ​ The top two teams from each of the eight groups progress to the knockout stages, with one-off ties from the last 16 through to the final to determine the champions.​   Everton U23s were drawn against Burnley, Peterborough and Sheffield United in Group D of the Premier League Cup for 2021-22.

Everton 1 - 3 Sheffield United

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #1
Friday 17 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

David Unsworth's side started well and scored in the 9th minute when Rhys Hughes delivered a corner from the right and Lewis Dobbin reacted quickly to flick the ball into the net at the near post for his first competitive goal for the Under-23s.

But this enlivened the visitors who would go on to score two goals in the first half and add a third right after the break.

Everton U23s: Leban, Mallon, Hunt [Y:78'], Astley, Welch, Anderson, Hughes, Warrington, Dobbin, McAllister, Cannon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Butterfield, Price, Whitaker, Campbell.

Everton 2 - 0 Burnley

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #2
Monday 25 October 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Two late goals in the second half gave Everton U23s victory over Burnley in a Premier League Cup "must-win" group game in Southport tonight after having lost the first 3-1 to Sheffield United back in September.

Tyler Onyango continued his progression to full match fitness with a hint that he may travel with the senior side to Wolves on Monday when he was substituted at half-time by Stan Mills.

Rhys Hughes came on as a sub and scored an excellent goal from a long-range free-kick after 74 minutes to open the scoring. Hughes was then involved in an excellent passing move that set up Tom Cannon to score the second goal.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Onyango (46' Mills), Whitaker (67' Hughes), Price, Cannon, Warrington (86' Butterfield), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.

Everton 0 - 3 Peterborough

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #3
Monday 1 December 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton U23s lost 3-0 to Peterborough Utd in the third of six games to be played in Group D of the Premier League Cup.

Everton were left with a mountain to climb after falling two goals down during the first half, and Peterborough'third made the task impossible.

No match details beyond the teamsheet are available for this game.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Onyango, Mills, Price, Simms, Warrington, Hughes
Subs: Barett, Anderson, Cannon, Whitaker, Kouyate.


EFL Papa John's Trophy, 2021-22

Everton U21s were drawn against Carlisle United, Hartlepool United, and Morecambe in North Group A of the EFL Trophy for 2021-22.

Morecambe 0 - 1 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #1
Tuesday 14 September 2021
Mazuma Stadium, Morecambe

In a difficult game against their elders and presumed betters, Everton youngsters battled to impose an impressive degree of control on the game without scoring.

But that would change after Sean McAllister came on as a substitute for Lewis Dobbin just before the hour mark. And 7 minutes later, McAllister picked up a pass from Eli Campbell, made space, turned smartly and fired in off the post with the keeper rooted, to put Everton ahead.

That set up increasingly frantic later stages to the game as the home side tried everything in their playbook to get through the Everton defence... but failed.

Everton U21s: Leban, Mills, Astley, Campbell, Welch [Y:30'], Anderson, Whitaker, Price, Butterfield, Cannon (82' Warrington), Dobbin (57' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt, Kristiensen, Hughes, Hagan.

Carlisle United 2 - 0 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #2
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Brunton Stadium, Carlisle

For the hosts, former Everton Academy players included Morgan Feeney who was very solid in defence, while Manassa Mampala came on as a second-half sub.

After a long period of pressing, with Barret making a number of key saves in a tough first half, the home side went ahead just moments before half-time.

Unsworth made some changes and for a spell, Everton showed some attacking intent to relieve the relentless pressure. But his third change approaching the hour-mark, that saw Kouyate enter the action for the first time this season, was immediately followed by another soft goal for the hosts, headed on easily over Barrett.

And that's how the game finished, with Everton needing to pull out their tripe at Hartlepool in the final group game in November.

Everton U21s: Barrett, Welch, Anderson, Astley, John, Campbell, McAllister, Whitaker (46' Butterfield), Price (46' Warrington), Garcia (57' Kouyate), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Leban, Hughes, Quirk, Mills.

Hartlepool United 1 - 0 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #3
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Victoria Park, Hartlepool

An Everton Under-21 team lost narrowly to Hartlepool United in their third and final group game in the Papa John's (EFL) Trophy.

Everton's best chance came when Stan Mills glommed onto a tremendous ball over the defence and he tried to lob the Hartlepool goalkeeper, hitting the crossbar with him well beaten.

But Hartlepool had pushed Everton back and pressed them all game and their reward finally came on 71 minutes after more sustained pressure on the Everton defence. That's how it finished with Everton once again failing to progress in the EFL Trophy.

Everton U21s: Tyrer, Campbell, Astley, John, Welch, Price (73' Whitaker), Hughes, Onyango, Warrington (83' McAllister), Dobbin, Cannon (46' Mills).
Subs not Used: Barett, Anderson, Hunt, Quirk.


Under-23 Appearances, 2021-22


Player League Apps (Sub) League
Goals
Cup Apps
(Sub)
Cup
Goals
 Ryan Astley 14 (0)  0 6 (0) 0
 Reece Welch 14 (0)  1 6 (0) 0
 Issac Price 14 (0)  0 5 (0) 0
 Kyle John 11 (0)  0 4 (0) 0
 Stan Mills 10 (4)  2 2 (2) 0
 Lewis Dobbin 9 (1)  2 5 (0) 1
 Rhys Hughes 8 (5)  2 3 (1) 1
 Charlie Whitaker 8 (2)  5 3 (1) 0
 Lewis Warrington 8 (1)  0 4 (2) 0
 Joe Anderson 8 (1)  0 3 (0) 0
 Harry Tyrer 8 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Eli Campbell 7 (2)  1 5 (0) 0
 Luke Butterfield 7 (2)  0 1 (2) 0
 Tyler Onyango 7 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Tom Cannon 6 (6)  3 4 (0) 1
 Zan-Luk Leban 4 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Sean McAllister 3 (4)  0 2 (1) 1
 Jack Barrett 2 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Jarrad Branthwaite 2 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Mackenzie Hunt 1 (1)  0 1 (0) 0
 Katia Kouyate 1 (1)  1 0 (1) 0
 Sebastian Quirk 1 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Ellis Simms 1 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Rafael Garcia 0 (5)  1 1 (0) 0
 Liam Higgins 0 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Mathew Mallon 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Sebastian Kristensen 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Einar Iversen 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jak Stewart 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0

2021-22 Friendlies


Everton 4 - 2 Warrington Rylands

Pre-season friendly; Game #1
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Finch Farm

Everton U23s began their pre-season friendlies with a win over Warrington Rylands at Finch Farm this evening, and a hat-trick from Lewis Dobbin.

After having a spell of training in Rafael Benitez's first-team squad last week - including an outing at the weekend in a 3-0 practice match win against Accrington Stanley - Dobbin was the star of this first pre-season friendly with a first-half hat-trick.

Dobbin scored the opening goal on 13 minutes when he intercepted a poor back pass and slotted a neat finish past the keeper. The second goal came on 20 minutes when Tom Cannon - who was on target in Everton's win against Accrington - headed home from close range after an effort from Stanley Mills had been saved.

Just after the half-hour, Dobbin ran on to a superb through pass from Luke Butterfield before rounding the keeper. And then, on 36 minutes, he dribbled his way through the Rylands defence before placing a shot past the keeper.

Everton's best effort of the second half came right at the end when Cannon forced a save after being teed up by Mills.

Guiseley 1 - 4 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #2
Saturday 17 July 2021
Nethermoor Park, Guiseley

Everton U23s saw another hat-trick from Lewis Dobbin secure a win in their second pre-season friendly, this one against Guiseley at Nethermoor Park on Saturday afternoon.

Everton were 4-1 winners, with all the goals being scored in the first half, Tom Cannon also getting on the scoresheet.

Guiseley got a goal back in the first half from a set-piece, but Unsworth's side saw the game out with no further scoring in the second half.

In the second half, Elijah Campbell and Isaac Price made way for Isaac Heath and the Number 17 [Who does not seem to have a name on the team sheet].

Everton U23s: Barrett, McAllister, Campbell (Heath), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Mills, Dobbin, Cannon, Price (#17?), Hughes.
Subs not Used: Leban, Kristensen, Hagan, Higgins.

Bradford Park Avenue 1 - 6 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #3
Wednesday 21 July 2021
Horsfall Stadium, Bradford

David Unsworth's U23s traveled to Bradford on Wednesday evening and secured a strong 6-1 win in their third pre-season friendly.

Everton went behind early on but then recovered to end the first half 3-1 up with goals from Lewis Dobbin, Tom Cannon and Kyle John.

Cannon got another after the break, with goals from Kristensn and Campbell rounding out Everton's impressive performance.

Everton U23s: Barrett, Baningame, Campbell, Lawrence, Hagan, Heath, Price, Metcalfe, John, Dobbin, Higgins.
Subs: Leban, Butterfield, Sherif, Welch, Hughes, Astley, McAllister, Kristensen, Cannon.

Carlisle United 3 - 2 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #4
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Horsfall Stadium, Bradford

Everton U23s travelled to Carlisle Utd for a training game this afternoon. The game was played behind closed doors with the home side edging it 3-2, with ex-Everton Academy player Manasse Mampala hitting the winner.

Everton went in front on 7 minutes through Tom Cannon and retook the lead when 16-year-old Eli Campbell struck on 66 minutes after a first-half equaliser from the home side.

Carlisle's second equaliser arrived on 83 minutes and, 60 seconds later, former Everton Academy player Manasse Mampala bent in a terrific finish for the winner.

Everton U23s: Leban, Campbell, John, Astley, Hughes, Iversen, Cannon, Dobbin, Butterfield, Price, Welch.
Subs: McAllister, Baningime, Mallon

Chorley 1 - 3 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #5
Tuesday 3 August 2021
Victory Park, Chorely

Lewis Dobbin scored his third pre-season hat-trick for the Under-23s as they beat Chorley this evening.

The young striker had already bagged hat-tricks against both Warrington Rylands and Guiseley earlier in pre-season, after playing for the first team in their practice match against Accrington Stanley at Finch Farm.

The 18-year-old took less than 10 minutes to find the net after a great forward pass from Tom Cannon.

Chorley equalised before the break, but Dobbin restored the lead with a right-footed shot under the keeper from a Stanley Mills cross.

A few minutes before full time, Dobbin completed his hat-trick with another lovely finish which found the back of the net off the far post.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Quirk (70' Hunt), Anderson, Astley, Welch, Butterfield (65' Warrington), Mills, Dobbin, Cannon (60' McAllister), Price, Whitaker.

Southport 1 - 2 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #6
Tuesday 3 August 2021
The Pure Stadium, Southport

Everton U23s came back from giving up a first-half goal to win their final pre-season friendly game 2-1 at their adopted home ground against hosts Southport.

A couple of very well-taken goals from Charlie Whitaker and Sean McAllister completed the turnaround after the interval. Whitaker weaved his way forward but unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner from outside the area. McAllister, on as a substitute, dribbled down the left-wing before shooting into the bottom corner of the Southport goal from outside the box.

Everton goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban saved a late penalty to ensure another impressive win for David Unsworth's side, who take a 100% pre-season record into the start of the Premier League 2 season next Monday when they travel to Blackburn Rovers.

Everton U23s (incomplete): Leban, Branthwaite, Quirk, Whitaker, (McAllister) Cannon.

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