Liverweb Match Report
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Everton 4 Liverpool 0
The Reds U18 side made the short journey down the Expressway to Finch Farm for the kids derby with Everton. The journey there was probably the best bit of the game for the Reds as they were well beaten by four goals to nil.
The Reds were forced in to a couple of changes through injuries to Sterling and Adorjan with Sterling out altogether. It wasn't U16 kids coming up the route though that replaced them but Suso and Ince coming down from the reserves. Neither of the players really did anything on the day although the whole side failed to turn up on the day if we're being honest.
Looking at the lineup before the game you have to say as a Red you would be confident based on the season. Everton came in to the game on top of the regional league so they had to be a good side. When you play Everton at this level you know it's going to be all hassle from them and a high tempo. They always work as a whole side and in this fixture it was the ultimate difference between the sides and it allowed Everton to win with ease.
The home side kicked off the match and inside two minutes they should have scored but Forrester headed over the bar. That should have been a warning side to wake up but it wasn't taken.
Just five minutes in to the game the home side did take the lead when Dier headed home from a corner kick. Si yards out in the middle of goal he was un-marked and made no mistake but the marking was awful.
Three minutes later and it was two nil although for me this was one was contentious. The ball was played to the left of midfield for them and their player jumped right through and over Rafferty. The ref waved play on and Garbutt was then free down the wing and his cross to the back post was slammed home by Hope. A very good finish I have to say.
The Reds just were being blown away by the work rate of Everton. They worked really well when they didn't have the ball and our players just didn't get a grip of the game and the flair players just didn't get going. Toni Silva was trying hard although sometimes was just too greedy. That said it was more than Ince who just frustrated me in this game. For a player who had first team experience he just never got in to the game at all and more frustratingly never tried hard enough to get in to the game.
As the half wore on the Reds did get some more of the ball without troubling the home side too much. The keeper for Everton may as well have gone home for all he had to do and that was the case for virtually the whole game.
On thirty eight minutes the score was sent to three nil when Lundstram headed in to the top far corner from a cross off the left wing after Joe Rafferty had slipped over in the box.
We were looking very shell shocked and had little going forward. Toni Silva went down in the box just before half time and wanted a penalty but even from a far distance away this looked more of a dive in frustration than a penalty. This though highlighted my often frustration with him as he actually had a good chance to shoot with his right foot but neglected the chance to do so.
The second half was a little more balanced as Everton sank backwards slightly but they still worked hard. They did have a three goal lead as well to sit on.
Silva shot over the bar under pressure four minutes in to the game as the Reds tried to start on the front foot.
As much of the ball that the Reds had though they just didn't get going and the keeper continued to be a spectator. Just after the hour mark the Reds finally made a switch and Tom Ince was taken off and replaced by Michael Ngoo.
Conor Coady then sent a shot over the bar from distance before Adorjan replaced Craig Roddan which meant Suso dropped in to midfield with Adorjan playing just behind Morgan.
The Reds were getting a bit more in to the game though and playing more in the Everton half. Hammar picked up a booking on seventy two minutes when he went through the back of Morgan. Even at this level it was a booking all day long despite his protests.
On seventy six minutes we did at least make the keeper start catching practice when Suso hit a shot on target but it was all too easy for him.
A minute later and Ngoo really should have scored for the Reds when Silva put a cross in from the right. Ngoo could only glance his header further on rather than on target which was bad given that he wasn't marked.
The day got worse on eighty five minutes when Everton got a fourth goal. Garbutt picked the ball up in midfield and strolled past Silva and then charged past McGiveron who couldn't stop his cut back cross and Forrester tapped in.
It ultimately summed up the afternoon for the Reds. Adam Morgan ensured he still made it in to the ref's notebook with three minutes to go except this time it was for a yellow card rather than a goal.
IT was a very bad day fore the Reds and despite having a quality side on the field we just failed to play strong enough on the day and Everton deservedly beat us with considerable ease.
MotM : Brad Smith - stuck to his game all day and did ok on a day when no-one really stood out for me.