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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

‘Hein is a good keeper in the making’

Steve Bould praised Karl Hein’s impressive performance as we advanced into the next round of the PL International Cup after beating Leicester 3-0 on Friday night.  

Hein made a number of crucial saves during the victory while goals from Robbie Burton, Flo Balogun and James Olayinka secured all three points.

We spoke to our head coach after the match and this is what he said:

on the performance…
I thought the first-half performance was very good, other than the first 10 minutes which were really tough. The second half was a little bit disappointing, although we scored two goals, because I think they got right on top of the game and they possibly should have scored. We got in a nice clean sheet, which makes a difference. It was tough but there were some really good performances but it was a game of two halves I think.

on the clean sheet…
I’m delighted, we spoke at half-time and I said I didn’t care if we scored another goal we needed a clean sheet. We got away with it a little bit and they had a lot of chances or half chances and Karl’s (Hein) has made a couple of saves with his feet and caught couple of balls. We had a lot of pressure in the second half but Flo (Balogun) scores a great goal.

on the competition so far…
It’s been a really tough competition. Villarreal were very good as were Zagreb and tonight it was physically very tough and demanding. I think it’s probably a little bit higher than the Premier League 2, if I'm honest.

on Karl Hein’s performance…
I think he’s had a great season. He kicks off the year and I think he gave away a couple of goals which is normal for a young kid, but he’s really matured and he looks like a really good keeper in the making.

on the plans between now and our next game…
I think since Mikel has been in charge, we’ve seen an awful lot of our kids and I guess that’ll continue. It’s great for them to join in with the first team and see what’s going on over there. I guess that’ll be the plan and we’ll look to work a bit more on our defending. 

By Sam Cox

 

 

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