U23 Report: Everton 8-2 Saints

By SFC Media Fri 30 Aug Everton v Saints
Photo by Chris Moorhouse
Fri 30 Aug 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Everton
8
Southampton
2
Gordon [35' 38'] Foulds [60'] Charsley [64'] Denny [70'] Evans [78'] Feeney [84'] Mampala [86']
Klarer [24'] Barnes [33']
Ramsay (49') Klarer (55') Vokins (74') Saunders (78') O'Driscoll (90+3')
Referee: Ben Speedie | Venue: TBC | Attendance: 125

Southampton’s youngsters lost out 8-2 to Premier League 2 title holders Everton on a particularly disappointing evening at Southport FC’s Pure Stadium, having initially taken a two-goal lead.

Saints wrestled control of the tie early on, finding themselves two goals to the good after 32 minutes played, but it wasn’t to last after an Everton resurgence caught Radhi Jaïdi’s side off-guard in the second period.

The visitors, fielding a particularly young side after first-team call-ups, were perhaps a little naive defensively, despite dominating large passages of play - particularly in the first 45.

The hosts scored six second-half goals to convincingly seal the three points, and move up to fourth in the Premier League 2 table, while Saints stay rooted in ninth.

The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute when defender Christoph Klarer met Jack Turner’s in-swinging corner, and deftly flicked the ball goalward, using the pace on the delivery to send it past Harry Tyrer.

Saints looked to be cruising midway through the half, when Marcus Barnes capitalised on some dogged work from Jake Vokins, as the ball broke lose in the area, allowing the forward to roll gleefully into an empty net.

But a quick-fire double from Everton wideman Anthony Gordon meant that all Saints’ good work was undone within two first-half minutes.

The winger, well found by Dennis Adeniran, put the finishing touch on a smart move in the 35th minute, curling past Jack Bycroft from the edge of the area, before converting from the spot a mere 90 seconds later.

Saints then suffered another blow shortly after the restart. Kayne Ramsay afforded Gordon yet another chance from the penalty spot, but this time it rattled the post and was consequently turned wide by Nathangelo Markelo on the rebound.

The respite didn’t last long, though. Defender Matthew Foulds headed the hosts in front on the hour mark, converting Evans’s corner, before a defensive mix up led to a golden chance for Harry Charley, which he side-footed past Bycroft.

Full-back Alex Denny added a fifth in the 70th minute, turning home a goalmouth scramble from a corner, before striker Evans and captain Morgan Feeney put the gloss on the tie from an Everton perspective, finding the net in the 78th and 84th minutes respectively.

Substitute Manasse Mampala compounded Saints’ frustration four minutes from time, completing the scoring with Everton’s eighth of the night.

Everton

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    55
    45
  • Shots
    25
    9
  • Shots on target
    14
    6
  • Corners
    12
    4
  • Passes Complete
    310
    225

Everton PL2

1
Harry Tyrer (GK)
2
Alex Denny
5
Morgan Feeney (C)
3
Kyle John
Ryan Astley (80′)
6
Matthew Foulds
8
Nathan Markelo
4
Beni Baningime
10
Dennis Adeniran
Einar Iversen (81′)
7
Anthony Gordon
9
Antony Evans
11
Harry Charsley
Manasse Mampala (77′)
14
Ellis Simms
13
Jack Barrett
15
Manasse Mampala
12
Ryan Astley
16
Einar Iversen

Southampton PL2

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
4
Kayne Ramsay
6
Christoph Klarer
8
Callum Slattery (C)
3
Kameron Ledwidge
2
Kieran Freeman
10
Jack Turner
Roland Idowu (76′)
9
Marcus Barnes
Rio Glean (76′)
11
Jake Vokins
7
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
Mikey Saunders (61′)
14
Rio Glean
16
Mikey Saunders
13
Tommy Scott
15
Roland Idowu
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