U23 Report: Everton 2-0 Saints

By SFC Media Mon 20 Feb Everton U23 vs Saints U23
Photo by Anthony McArdle | Marcus Barnes
Mon 20 Feb 7.00PM
Premier League 2
Everton
2
Southampton
0
Walsh [4'] Dowell [82']
Referee: A Backhouse | Venue: Goodison Park | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-23s suffered a 2-0 defeat against top-of-the-table Everton in their latest Premier League 2 fixture.

The hosts took an early lead through Liam Walsh after just four minutes at Goodison Park, before Kieran Dowell then confirmed the win with a fine strike eight minutes from time.

Martin Hunter and Radhi Jaïdi made just two changes to the side that ran out 2-0 victors away at Bristol City in the Premier League Cup last week.

Jake Hesketh made his first start back since injury and was given the captain’s armband for the fixture in the absence of Alfie Jones.

Whilst Jake Vokins slotted straight back in at left back upon his return from international duty with England Under-17s – pushing Will Wood along to fill in at centre half.

The hosts started the brighter of the two sides and created a number of early openings before eventually breaking the deadlock after four minutes.

Dowell spotted Walsh breaking into the penalty area and slotted the midfielder through, who then provided a neat finish past Harry Lewis and into the bottom left corner to take the lead.

Saints started to steady the ship after their early blip and were soon seeing more of the ball. But despite growing into the game, it was the hosts that fashioned the only other clear-cut opportunity of the half.

Antonee Robinson made his way to the left byline and cut back into the Saints penalty area for the onrushing Harry Charsley, but he dragged his effort wide of Lewis’ far post with just five minutes of the first half remaining.

Jake Hesketh battles for the ball during the opening exchanges at Goodison Park.

Saints almost profited from a more direct approach immediately after the restart. Olomola broke through into the Everton penalty area and tried his luck from a tight angle, but was unable to steer his strike inside Mateusz Hewelt’s near post.

The hosts then made a double change on the hour mark, as David Henen and Bassala Sambou were introduced in favour of Joe Williams and Courtney Duffus.

Hunter and Jaidi responded with two changes of their own, as Hesketh and Marcus Barnes made way for Thomas O’Connor and Tyreke Johnson.

Everton substitute Henen almost made an immediate impact on the match. Charging forwards from the halfway line he unleashed a fierce strike from 25-yards out, but watched on as it fell just wide of Lewis’ right post.

The Toffees did eventually double their tally with just eight minutes remaining, though. Intelligent interplay down the right flank teed up Dowell on the edge of the penalty area, who then rifled in a left-footed drive to confirm the victory.

Everton

1
Mateusz Hewelt (GK)
2
Jonjoe Kenny (C)
3
Antonee Robinson
4
Beni Baningime
5
Morgan Feeney
6
Matthew Pennington
7
Kieran Dowell
8
Liam Walsh
9
Courtney Duffus
Bassala Sambou (62′)
10
Joe Williams
David Henen (62′)
11
Harry Charsley
13
Conor Hunt
12
Matthew Foulds
14
David Henen
15
Nathan Broadhead
16
Bassala Sambou

Southampton

1
Harry Lewis (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Jake Vokins
4
Armani Little
5
Ollie Cook
6
Will Wood
7
Olufela Olomola
8
Callum Slattery
9
Ryan Seager
10
Jake Hesketh (C)
Thomas O'Connor (62′)
11
Marcus Barnes
Tyreke Johnson (65′)
13
Kingsley Latham
12
Richard Bakary
14
Aaron O'Driscoll
15
Thomas O'Connor
16
Tyreke Johnson
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