Everton U21s/U18s vs. Bolton U21s/U18S Match Reports
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MATCH REPORT EVERTON U21Â´S 5 BOLTON U21Â´S 2
Everton got off to a perfect start through Magaye Gueye then found themselves two one down. Everton then stepped up the rhythm to notch another 3 to put the chance of a Wanderers comeback out of sight.
Only goal difference separates these two teams languishing at the roots of the table Everton holding them all up with todayÂ´s visitors sitting directly above them.
Everton got their first win last Monday against Blackburn at Leigh Sports village courtesy of a Shane Duffy header with Bolton not having won for a month since they defeated West Ham at Upton Park with David Ngog and Jack Sampson hitting the goals.
Two chances for the blues unfolded in the opening 10 minutes as Forrester gave Kennedy a chance that Lych saved then Junior also rattled one but could only manage to hit Vellios.
Junior showed a touch of class as he managed to shake off 2 Bolton players as Gueye was a recipient of his fine ball to put the blues ahead but only for 5 minutes as Taudul was guilty of bringing down Odelusi with OÂ´Halloran levelling from the spot.
Confidence set in for the Trotters and took a deserved lead on the half hour after Odelusi fired home after a lovely ball from Kellett .
EVERTON U21Â´S 1 BOLTON U21Â´S 2
In torrential rain the second half got underway with Everton levelling matters again after inserting pressure, Everton won a corner and as the delivery came over into the box from Kennedy and a first for the season for second year scholar Matthew Pennington.
The game was finely in the balance and to equal PenningtonÂ´s first goal at this level. Kennedy responded with his since his signing from Kilmarnock on the hour with a free kick from Gueye coming out to the Scot who found the corner of the net and restore the blues lead.
Bolton never gave up despite trailing and were unlucky not to be on level terms once more as a Kelly effort curled towrads the frame of the goal but was read well by Taudul.
Everton took the game by the scruff of the neck once more with 20 minutes remaining to stretch their lead to a 2 goal advantage. McAleny back from a spell on the sidelines ran towards goal but fortunately for him his marker, Threlkeld fell allowing him time and space to make sure of the strike.
The game was finally over with defender Duffy who just canÂ´t stop scoring at this level with another header again from a Kennedy corner to give the blues a good win and a good nightÂ´s sleep for coach Alan Stubbs.
EVERTON U21Â´S 5 BOLTON U21Â´S 2
Everton:Taudul, Browning, Touray, Junior, Pennington, Duffy, Kennedy, Kelly (McAleny 45), Vellios, Forrester, Gueye Unused Subs:Springthorpe (GK),Long, Green
EvertonÂ´s youngsters will take heart from this performance despite being on the receiving end of a 4-2 defeat. Gethin Jones drew level after falling behind then found themselves in front through Chris Long.
Bolton drew level on the stroke of half time then proved to be too strong second half to score a further 2 goals and take all three points.
Everton overcome a tough encounter last Saturday with a 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers but this week was going to be even harder as they faced Bolton Wanderers who are on fire at the moment winning 5 of their opening 6 games and drawing the other.
On the other hand Everton had just found a bit of form as they have shown some improvement with their recent results and performances.
Nice conditions at the Alan Davies academy for a late September morning, as Everton started on a bright note and contained the leaders until midway through the first half as Bolton seized possession with a nice one. two for Luke Woodland to hit home from inside the box and open his account for this season.
Gutsy Everton hit back with a goal from Welsman Gethin Jones as Grant and Johns created down the left hand side to send a cross inch perfect for Jones to net.
Everton took the lead for the first time of the contest with the busy George Green carving an opening for Chris Long who kept his nerve with Sievers the Bolton keeper to beat which he did.
On the stroke of half time it was 2-2, the home side won a corner with the ball running loose to Rob Holding to fire home from near the edge of the box.
The second half saw Bolton step up their game with pressure and forced Everton into conceding a penalty with Curtis Langton the culprit after bringing down the scorer of the first goal Woodland but Clough made no mistake from the spot to bag his fourth goal of the campaign.
Not long after Everton were faced with a mountain to climb as Bolton went 4-2 up with Clough playing Youngs a pass that left him with onrushing Keeper Springthorpe to beat and put the game beyond doubt.