The young Blues must have been spending the international break stewing over their last outing which saw them draw with last placed West Bromwich Albion because they put United to the sword and showed a ruthlessness missing from the match against the Baggies.
Once again it was Ellis Simms who proved to be the danger man up front as he was able to score four while his offsider, Korede Adedoyin supplemented with three of his own thereby keeping their team atop the Premier League North mountain and one point clear of second placed Liverpool.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Toffees however as a missed penalty marred an otherwise perfect attacking display which by all accounts could have provided even more entertainment for the Evertonian faithful and more heartbreak for the Magpies if players such as Bobby Carroll and Kieran Phillips found the back of the net. But hey, 7-1 is still a devastating score line for all involved.
After such a strong display, U18s manager Paul Tait was once again extremely pleased with his young players and how they performed. Speaking through Everton’s official website, Tait would give his two cents.
“We’re really pleased, it was a good performance from start to finish,
“From the first whistle, we was really at it and showed what we are about in terms of keeping possession and our finishing power.
“We feel that we have improved game by game and we are also getting better with each game we play.
“Sometimes with young players they really hit the ground running but then suffer a dip in form. But here, we are trying to keep on driving the standards, not just with the staff, but with the players, too. We are trying to get every ounce out of them, and we say to them that every day is a chance to get better and better not just as a team but as individuals, too.”
Everton’s next league fixture will be against Derby County who currently sit 4th on the Premier League North table at USM Finch Farm on Saturday where they will look to maintain momentum after such a strong display against a hapless Newcastle United. Like the Blues, Derby too made it look easy against United by scoring eight so this could be an all out attacking affair.
Score: Everton 7 - 1 Newcastle United
Everton: Tyrer, Zuk, Warren, Anderson, Astley, Iversen, Adedoyin (5’, 47’ & 83’), Carroll, Simms (25’, 35’, 52’ & 72’)/Dobnin, Phillips/Thompson, Hunt/Hughes.
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