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Post-Match Report

Match report: Everton 3-3 Arsenal U-23s

Robbie Burton

Everton Under 23 -

Southport FC
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
  Everton Under 23
      
              E. Simms (35
               37)
               Gibson (73)
          
   crest
Everton Under 23
E. Simms (35 37) Gibson (73)
3 3
  Arsenal U23
      
                  Olowu (17)
                   Olayinka (43)
                   M. Smith (78)
            
   crest
Arsenal U23
Olowu (17)
Olayinka (43)
M. Smith (78)

WHAT HAPPENED

An eventful match at Southport FC saw six goals, a red card and the points shared as we twice came from a goal down to draw with Everton.

The hosts started brightly and almost took the lead inside five minutes when the ball fell to Kyle John on the edge of the box, but his powerful effort flew wide.

Inside 17 minutes, Joseph Olowu broke the deadlock when he met Matt Smith’s corner at the near post, and his header was too powerful for former Gunner Joao Virginia to keep out.

The hosts then equalised shortly after when Ellis Simms collected the ball from Antony Evans and poked the ball past Matt Macey.

Moments later, Everton took the lead after a slick counter attack saw Simms race down the pitch before slotting into the bottom corner from close range.  

On the stroke of half time, Zech Medley played a diagonal ball into James Olayinka’s path, our forward then controlled well inside the box and finished coolly past Virginia.

Early in the second half, Olayinka had a chance to put us back in front, but his shot from the edge of the box flew over the bar.

The Toffees retook the lead with 15 minutes remaining when Lewis Gibson met Evans’s free-kick at the back post and headed home from close range.

We responded five minutes later when Zak Swanson and Olayinka linked up nicely down the wing to set up Smith, who fired home to level the scores.

In the closing stages, Tolaji Bola received a red card for a tackle on Beni Baningime before the full-time whistle blew.

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT’S NEXT

Steve Bould’s side next face Leicester City at Meadow Park in the Premier League International Cup on Friday, January 17 at 7pm (UK time).

By Sam Cox

Interview

Balogun - We can go far in this competition

After confirming our place in the knockout stages of the PL International Cup on Friday night, Folarin Balogun believes we can go far in the competition. 

Our striker scored a stunner during the match, while goals from Robbie Burton and James Olayinka secured a 3-0 victory against Leicester City. 

We spoke to Balogun after the full-time whistle, and this is what he said:

on the win…
It was a good victory, the boys worked hard. We played Leicester earlier on in the season and it was a tough game, so it was nice to get a win and a clean sheet today.

on his goal…
It’s always nice to help the team. I just thought as the ball was on the edge of the box and bouncing, I’ve been practising on my weak foot, so I thought ‘why not?’. Luckily for me it’s gone into the top corner.

on keeping a clean sheet…
It’s really good to get a clean sheet. Steve’s been telling us to keep clean sheets, and we know that keeping a clean sheet sends a big message to other teams so we were happy to keep it today.

on our chances in the PL International Cup…
I think we have a strong chance of going far. We’re all about sending statements out, so I think winning all three games shows that we’re a strong side and I think if we carry on putting in performances like we done today we can go far in this tournament.

By Sam Cox

 

 

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