U-23s: Everton 4-2 Arsenal - Report


Steve Gatting’s side fell to a disappointing defeat at Everton on Monday, with two late goals from the Toffees cancelling out Marcus McGuane’s brace.

We took the lead early on through McGuane, who picked up Aaron Eyoma’s cross on the edge of the area and rifled a shot past Joe Hilton.

Emile Smith Rowe soon went close to doubling our lead, when the forward sent a shot narrowly wide.

Shortly following the interval, Anton Donkor brought the hosts level when he raced through on goal and beat Ryan Huddart with a low shot.

With just 17 minutes left, the Toffees took the lead through an own-goal from Jospeh Olowu, who inadvertently headed a corner past Ryan Huddart.

A few moments later, McGuane equalised from the spot after Donkor had brought down Charlie Gilmour just inside the area.

But Gatting’s side fell behind once more when Antony Evans beat Huddart just nine minutes from full-time.

A few minutes later, in search of an equaliser yet again, Gilmour was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Everton then sealed the win when David Henen capitalised on a slip from Zech Medley and added a fourth goal in the final minute.


The defeat means that we slip to third place in the Premier League 2 table, just a point behind Everton, six behind leaders Liverpool and two ahead of fourth-place Leicester City and fifth-place West Ham.


Gatting’s side welcome Sunderland to Meadow Park in their next fixture on October 16. The Black Cats are 10th in the table, having not won since the opening day of the season against Tottenham. They were beaten 2-1 by West Ham in their previous fixture.

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