Some Everton supporters have been praising the work of our ‘unsung hero’ David Unsworth and his coaching team, after our Under 23s clinched the youth double by winning the Premier League Cup on Wednesday night.
The young Toffees had already won the Premier League 2 for the second time in three seasons, after ending the Division 1 campaign four points clear of last year’s winners Arsenal, having won twelve of their 22 games – drawing five, losing five.
Not one of the twelve sides competing in Division 1 this season managed to lose fewer games than our U23s, and Newcastle United were unable to add another blow to our belt in the PL Cup.
The Magpies travelled down to Goodison Park last night having eased past Leeds United in the previous round by beating the Whites 3-0 at Guiseley’s Nethermoor Park in April.
They proved to be a resolute unit to break down last night, too, but could not break down our back line – where the winning goal eventually came from.
U23s captain Morgan Feeney bagged what was only his second junior goal for the club, as per FlashScore, when he headed home Antony Evans’ 59th-minute free-kick, after Josh Bowler was deemed to have been fouled on the wing.
Bowler and Evans had looked lively from the off against the Magpies, who too started strongly and tested Joao Virginia with some early efforts.
Fraser Hornby started to get more involved in the action as the first-half rolled on, as well, but could not stretch his five-goal tally for the term.
He did not have to in the end, however, as Feeney’s header won the tie and the cup, marking a brilliant youth double for Unsworth and his crew, which in turn led to many plaudits online…
Well done Lads made up for u all and Unsworth who has been an unsung hero are club for years as a player and now Coach????????????
— philipboyd80 (@philipboyd80) May 8, 2019
Superb stuff @Everton #EFCU23 #PLCup winners!! For any team at any level to do the league & cup double is a fantastic achievement, Unsworth continues to do excellent work with this team… ???????????????????????? https://t.co/eUduqaZ0xa
— Rob Fisher (@rob_fisher_efc) May 8, 2019
So glad for David Unsworth, what a job he has done with Everton U23s. He’d be a great choice for a decent club now, championship level at least. Top Blue as well #efc
— Tony (@efc4TR) May 8, 2019
Congratulations to all the players, David Unsworth and John Ebbrell.
— Phil Houghton (@philinsuffolk) May 8, 2019
Well done to our Under-23 team and all the staff.
— Lee Coleman (@LeeColeman78) May 9, 2019
Well done players and coaches unbelievable Jeff
— Mark Broadhead (@MarkBroadhead5) May 8, 2019
Congratulations to the whole squad and Unsy again. Brilliant.
— Wayne Evans (@wazzaevo) May 8, 2019
Well done lads and a massive well done to David Unsworth and his back room staff
— M.C ????????????????????????♿♿ (@blueboy200) May 8, 2019
Brilliant effort from Unsy and the boys.
— Anthony Odger (@tonyburton10) May 8, 2019
Morning Dave. Surely a club is going to offer Unsworth a job after this achievement.
— Mike Langford (@MikeLangford17) May 9, 2019
— GD (@runnerglyn) May 8, 2019