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Young Toffees off to a good start in the U18 Premier League Cup

Everton U18s fight back from a first half deficit to beat Fulham 2-1 in their first cup tie of the year

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The U18 Premier League Cup is upon us, and unlike the start of the Blues’ Premier League North season the first cup tie of the year proved to be anything but electrifying.

Over the weekend the Academy prospects finally found an opposition who they couldn’t simply toy with and one who was in front at the half, not behind by a significant margin (weird right?).

After a disappointing first half against Fulham who by the way, occupy 9th on the Premier League South table, the Toffees were able to dig deep with Ellis Simms able to force an equaliser mid way through the second half before an Anthony Gordon penalty ensured an Everton victory at Motspur Park.

The U18s weren’t the only side to struggle against Fulham in the first half over the weekend.

Despite a poor start against a side who has arguably shown less quality throughout the year, U18s manager Paul Tait was still happy with how his side performed and in particular the resilience shown by the players during a difficult fixture.

“We showed real resilience to turn the game on its head but also you’ve got to show quality,

“We showed some real pieces of quality in the second half to open Fulham up.

“We come away with a result and a good performance, as well.”

Speaking through Everton’s official website Tait would go on to explain how he saw the match unfold and what he told his players at half time which gave them the motivation to maintain their perfect record.

“In the first 15 minutes, we weren’t quite at it and didn’t quite have the same intensity we have been showing,

“We got ourselves in a little bit of a pickle, but about 20 minutes into the first half we settled down and got back to what we’ve been like. We started playing our football and could have scored three goals in the first half.

“At half-time, the message was ‘don’t panic’. We were 1-0 down because we started poorly but we looked at it as a challenge – how are we going to react?

“And in the second half we were just totally dominant, we played really well and got the two goals.

“The lads are really confident at the moment and the win keeps up the momentum.”

Everton’s next league fixture will be against 11th placed West Bromwich Albion at Finch Farm on Saturday 6th, with the team no doubt looking to bounce back with yet another strong performance.