home team
Molyneux (30', 30', 52', 52')
2
Henen (81', 81')
1
away team
Molyneux (30', 30', 52', 52')
Henen (81', 81')
Sunday 11 March 2018, 12:00 Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
  • 20
  • 25
  • 30
  • 35
  • 40
  • 45
  • 50
  • 55
  • 60
  • 65
  • 70
  • 75
  • 80
  • 85
  • 90
  • Sunderland U23
  • Young 7'
    Young 7'
  • Molyneux 30'
    Molyneux 30'
  • Mumba replaces Josh Robson 45'
    Mumba replaces Josh Robson 45'
  • Molyneux 52'
    Molyneux 52'
  • Embleton 56'
    Embleton 57'
  • Diamond replaces Mbunga-Kimpioka 62'
    Diamond replaces Mbunga-Kimpioka 62'
  • Shields 71'
    Shields 71'
  • Brotherton replaces Gamble 85'
    Brotherton replaces Gamble 85'
    Talbot 87'
    Talbot 87'
  • Everton U23
  • Lavery replaces Collins 58'
    Lavery replaces Collins 58'
    Bramall replaces Nathan Markelo 59'
    Bramall replaces Nathan Markelo 59'
  • Mampala replaces Bowler 78'
    Mampala replaces Bowler 78'
  • Henen 81'
    Henen 81'
Min By Min
Lineups
Report

Starting XI - Sunderland U23: Talbot, Young, Josh Robson, Storey, Hume, Gamble, Mbunga-Kimpioka, Connelly, Molyneux, Embleton, Shields Everton U23: Hewelt, Collins, Astley, Nathan Markelo, Gibson, Denny, Hornby, Evans, Sambou, Bowler, Henen

4-4-2
  • Talbot
  • Young
  • Mumba
  • Storey
  • Hume
  • Brotherton
  • Diamond
  • Connelly
  • Molyneux
  • Embleton
  • Shields
4-4-2
  • Hewelt
  • Lavery
  • Astley
  • Bramall
  • Gibson
  • Denny
  • Hornby
  • Evans
  • Sambou
  • Mampala
  • Henen
Sunderland U23 Everton U23
Yellow CardTalbot 1 1 Hewelt
Josh Robson (Mumba 45'') 2 2 Nathan Markelo (Bramall 59'')
Hume 3 3 Collins (Lavery 58'')
Yellow CardYellow CardEmbleton 4 4 Denny
Storey 5 5 Astley
Yellow CardYoung 6 6 Gibson
Molyneux 7 7 Evans
Gamble (Brotherton 85'') 8 8 Hornby
Yellow CardShields 9 9 Sambou
Connelly 10 10 Henen
Mbunga-Kimpioka (Diamond 62'') 11 11 Bowler (Mampala 78'')
Substitutions
Brotherton 12 12 Lavery
Patterson 13 13 Hilton
Diamond 14 14 Bramall
Kokolo 15 15 Mampala
Mumba 16 16 Ouzounidis

Everton fell to a 2-1 defeat against Sunderland on Sunday in a game the young Blues largely dominated.

Two superb finishes by Sunderland midfielder Luke Molyneux proved the difference at the Stadium of Light, with David Henen hitting back for Everton.
 
Unsworth made four changes to the starting XI which beat Swansea at Goodison Park on Monday night. Sixteen-year-old centre-back Ryan Astley made his debut for the Under-23s, with Michael Collins, Henen and Alex Denny also coming in for Ramiro Funes Mori, Davy Klaassen, Beni Baningime and Con Ouzounidis.

The Blues started the game brightly, the pace of Josh Bowler and guile of Antony Evans causing the Black Cats backline problems. 

It was Bowler who almost fashioned an opener for Everton. His wicked corner delivery found the impressive Astley, who headed inches over the bar on 15 minutes.

The Blues continued to attack, and it was Henen who next went close – the Belgian’s shot from just outside the area sailing over.

Everton were then hit with a sucker punch just after the half-hour mark. After a rare foray into Blues’ final third, the ball fell to Black Cats midfielder Molyneux on the edge of the box who curled his shot into the top corner and beyond Mateusz Hewelt.

The goal buoyed Sunderland who started to attack with more purpose – but it was the Blues who still looked the more threatening going forward.

And they almost had their equaliser five minutes before the break. Henen made a driving run into the box, his low cross almost finding Bassala Sambou who would have had a tap-in.

Despite Everton starting the second half the stronger, it was Sunderland who doubled their lead on 52 minutes. That man Molyneux found space on the edge of the box and fired past Hewelt.

Unsworth then showed his intent, bringing on Danny Bramall and Shayne Lavery for Michael Collins and Nathangelo Markelo.

And Everton soon started to pepper the Sunderland goal, with Sambou first going close with a low drive before Lavery had his well-hit shot saved by Sunderland keeper Talbot.

It took until the 82nd minute for the Blues to make the breakthrough though. Henen wriggling free on the edge of the box before finding the bottom corner with a precise effort.

Unsworth’s men continued to press for an equaliser but couldn’t fashion a clear-cut chance as Sunderland escaped with all three points.