Forum contributor alan ball´s latest weekly instalment to keep you right up to date with the academy.

EVERTON’S YOUNGSTERS SEND RAILWAYMEN OFF TRACK

A goal apiece from Forrester and Thomas sent Everton in half time with a two goal lead and a second half brace from Chris Long gave Everton the points although Crewe did pull a goal back at Reaseheath this morning.

A Chris Long equaliser at home to Liverpool last weekend salvaged a point for a deserved Everton side whilst today’s opponents Crewe Alex lost by 2 goals at Blackburn and sit at the bottom of the table.

Everton’s youngsters were quick off the mark inside two minutes when an Adam Thomas inspiring run then assisted Forrester who’s effort took a deflection off a Crewe defender to put the blues ahead without the home side touching the ball.

Femi Orenuga playing on the right for the blues was confusing the Crewe defenders with his run’s and stepovers and Tom Molineux in midfield was creative using both flanks with his intelligent passing.

Trailing 1-0, Crewe pressed for an equaliser and looked determined to do it but when they got to the edge of the 18 yard box they seemed to run out of ideas.

Everton doubled their advantage when Chris Long the hero of the hour last week made a run, cleverly beat two men then swung an exquisite ball to the left foot of Thomas who found the top left hand corner as Everton sailed into a two goal lead.

Crewe never lay down and tried to get themselves back into the contest playing some nice football only for poor finishing to let them down wasting chances as Everton seemed to sit back on their two goal cushion.

Eric Dier made an error out of character but credit to him for recovering the ball and keep Everton’s sheet clean.

Everton stepped up a gear again attacking the Alex but chances they created went hopelessly over the bar

Half Time

Crewe Alexandra U18’s 0 Everton U18’s 2

Crewe started the second half the better team when Everton’s defence looked shaky as Crewe’s forward wasted two glorious chances sending his efforts over Fitzgibbon’s cross bar.

Anton Forrester was unlucky with an effort again as he hit his chance wide of the goal assisted by Thomas.

Everton were looking comfortable and the points looked to be guaranteed as the second half wore on when a third goal from Everton’s Chris Long made it 3-0 after Thomas again used the width on the left to find Long as the Crewe defence stood still looking for the linesman’s flag to be raised only to be left disappointed.

Crewe dug their heels in once more looking for a way back and did when this time they took advantage of a run down their left when the forward was found in the centre to slot the ball past Fitzgibbon and earn them some respect.

Crewe are renowned for playing some nice football and they certainly lived up to their reputation pressing the Everton defence only for their efforts to sail either wide or over the bar.

Everton brought off Orenuga and Forrester and replaced them with Higgins and Hope respectively. Everton were dreadfully unlucky after a nice worked move again on the left with the menacing Thomas causing problems with his lightning pace, Forrester was at the back post after and long failed to connect to hit a shot only to be foiled by the home keeper.

Five minutes later Thomas nearly doubled his tally as another left foot rasper was saved well by the keeper.

5 minutes from time Crewe’s heads dropped and surrendered when Thomas ran down the left, reached the by line then with his cross found the head of Long who despatched beautifully and give Everton a 4-1 victory.

A very good performance from Everton and a few contenders for the man of the match award with Molineux, Dier Long and Thomas standing out, but this week Adam Thomas gets the award for his assist and his goal and his overall performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t get a call up on Tuesday for the reserve game at Finch Farm against Sunderland.

Full Time

Crewe Alexandra U18’s 1 Everton U18’s 4

Team: Fitzgibbon, Pennington, Touray, Heneghan, Dier ( C), Barrow (Higgins), Orenuga, Molineux, Long, Forrester (Hope), Thomas, Subs: Roberts(GK), Hope, Higgins