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Season 2004-2005 : Yeovil Town u-18's vs Everton u-18's: Wed 19th January 2005
FA Youth Cup Round Four : Yeovil Town u-18's 0 - 6 Everton u-18's

Venue: Huish Park
Wed 19th January 2005, 7pm kick-off.

Conditions: Cold and wet
Pitch: Good but slippery

Scorers: Paul Hopkins (0-1, 39), Victor Anichebe (0-2, 49), Bjarni Thor Vidarsson (0-3, 71), James Vaughan (0-4, 82), Paul Hopkins (0-5, 90), Bjarni Thor Vidarsson (0-6, 90)

Attendance: 1,005

Referee: Andrew Bennett
Assistant Refs: Jim Walker, Nigel Fry
Fourth Official: Philip Milton

Bookings:
Yeovil: Jamie Underwood (14, foul), Dale Williams (41, foul), Jamie Barber (75, foul). Red card: Dale Williams (84, second yellow card - foul)
Everton: James Vaughan (11, ungentlemanly conduct), Victor Anichebe (45, dissent)

Team Line-Ups

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
1 Danny Barker
2 Jamie Underwood, 6 Sam Croft, 5 Greg Squibb, 3 Charlie Welch
7 Richard Cullingford, 9 Sean Smith, 4 James Ansell, 11 Gavin McCallum
8 Andy Holmes, 10 Dale Williams

Subs:
13 Tim Pearse, 14 Shane Adock-Case (74 mins for Smith), 15 Andy Martin (60 mins for Underwood), 16 Jamie Barber (70 mins for Ansell), 17 Jake Reid

Everton: (4-4-2)
1 Craig Gallagher
2 Stephen Wynne, 5 Mark Hughes (C), 4 Patrick Boyle, 3 Laurence Wilson
7 Paul Hopkins, 6 James Harris, 8 Bjarni Thor Vidarsson, 11 Christian Seargeant
10 Victor Anichebe, 9 James Vaughan

Subs:
12 Scott Phelan (73 mins for Harris), 14 Sean Wright (85 mins for Wynne), 15 Andrew Fowler, 16 John Paul Kissock (74 mins for Anichebe), 17 Alan Kearney

Robin Evans' View Of The Game

Yeovil F. A. Cup fourth round ties are like buses – wait 55 years for one and then two come along within 10 days! The first team travel to The Valley for their tie on Saturday week, but tonight was the turn of the under-18 side to entertain their counterparts from Premiership heavyweights Everton. The 16 who travelled down from Merseyside boasted seven internationals, representing England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland, so it was always going to be a difficult task for the young Glovers.

Although the home side kicked off it was Everton who made a very fast start with James Vaughan running toward the Yeovil goal in the first few seconds of the match. Within the next couple of minutes a testing ball was played across the Yeovil goalmouth, and Danny Barker was called upon to dive on the ball before the advancing Bjarni Thor Vidarsson.

Five minutes into the match Andy Holmes had a short blocked in the Everton penalty area following a Yeovil free kick, but the visitors attacked with a good run by Vaughan who seemed to be outpacing Sam Croft before Greg Squibb came across to help out. A shot from Victor Anichebe was well stopped by Barker, but he could not hold on to the ball and a defender cleared. Everton regained the ball, but shot over.

With almost ten minutes gone a foul on Sean Smith in the centre circle by James Harris sparked a scuffle after the Everton player appeared to fall on the Yeovil midfielder, and after taking an unnecessarily long time to get up seemed to attempt a stamp (although a disgusted Everton supporter sitting nearer to the action than me believed that Harris “thumped” our man!) and several players got involved. The referee showed just one yellow card for the incident, and that was to Vaughan. Everton were perhaps fortunate to continue with eleven players.

A longish shot from Anichebe went wide for Everton, and then at the other end goalkeeper Craig Gallagher did well coming out to beat Dale Williams to the ball. Referee Bennett then decided to even up the bookings by unnecessarily cautioning Jamie Underwood for a foul which was certainly not one of the worst in the game.

Chris Seargeant tried a long shot, but the ball went well over. As Everton pressed again Squibb made a good tackle at the cost of a throw in. Twenty minutes in and Barker made a good save, touching the ball onto the outside of the post, and Gavin McCallum cleared off of the line from the resulting corner. All of the action was taking place in the Yeovil half, and much of it in the home penalty area, with Everton looking dangerous and Yeovil looking tentative and defending deeply. When Yeovil did move forward too many high, hopeful balls were being played, and these gave the Everton back four no problems.

Vaughan broke through for Everton, but was adjudged offside, but in any event Barker dived to smother the ball. Yeovil had their first real chance in the 29th minute when Holmes shot just wide after good work from Williams. A Yeovil corner from the left reached Richard Cullingford out on the right flank, and his floated effort was touched out by Gallagher for another corner.

The good spell continued, and a nice turn and run by Williams saw him fouled, but the advantage was played and McCallum saw his shot blocked for another corner. From the corner a Squibb header went just over the bar and onto the roof of the net. After a shot from Paul Hopkins was taken comfortably by Barker at the other end, Yeovil pushed forward and McCallum was fouled midway into the Everton half. Williams took the free kick which the keeper came for and dropped, so a defender cleared the ball for a throw.

With Yeovil seeming to have settled and had their best spell of the game it was a disappointment when wide play for the visitors saw Vaughan play the ball across to Vidarsson, who in turn played on to Paul HOPKINS who slotted home. 0 – 1.

A Dale Williams foul on Harris, which again did not seem particularly bad, was sufficient for Bennett to show the Yeovil captain a yellow card, and this decision would prove to be crucial later on. Opposing captain Mark Hughes took the free kick which Vidarsson headed wide.

With two minutes of normal time remaining in the half a long throw from Andy Holmes was put out for a corner. From the corner Everton broke away, and appeared to have a man advantage but a very poor through ball went comfortably to Barker. In two minutes of added time Sam Croft was called upon to defend well, and Vaughan missed the ball after a teasing cross from Anichebe.

In the first half Everton had unquestionably been the better side, although Yeovil had enjoyed a very good spell immediately before the goal, but unfortunately the Everton side had also displayed some of the less desirable Premiership attributes – diving, constant back chat, niggling fouls and the occasional use of the arm for more than balance. This was typified by an incident where Danny Barker ran out to the touchline to clear the ball for a throw, and with the ball out of play the Everton player pushed him over to prevent him from returning to his goal. The linesman flagged vigorously, but Bennett showed no card, and two Everton defenders (including captain Hughes) chased fifty yards to argue and remonstrate with the officials. One of the worst culprits was Victor Anichebe, who was very lucky not to be booked for a blatant dive just before the interval (which earned him a chorus of booing for the rest of the game), but he pushed things a little too far when confronting the ref – presumably about the “foul” not given – and he was booked as the players left the field.

Half-time: Yeovil Town u-18's 0 - 1 Everton u-18's

The second half started much like the first, with the visitors pressing and Yeovil employing “backs to the wall” defending. Four minutes past the interval good work from Everton saw Victor ANICHEBE on the edge of the area, and he turned well and shot just inside the far post to show that he can actually be a very fine player – what a shame about the attitude! 0 – 2.

A good 53rd minute attack from Everton saw attacking full back Laurence Wilson shoot over. A couple of minutes later Harris went down with an injury after committing a foul – at least his 3rd bad tackle of the game – but he was fit to continue, and remained unbooked. On the hour Jamie Underwood limped off and, following a goalmouth scramble in which Barker saved well while Yeovil were down to ten men, Andy Martin replaced him.

Four minutes later Vaughan shot wide, and a minute later after a good build up he shot wide again. Yeovil replaced James Ansell with Jamie Barber for the last twenty minutes, and within a minute of the change an awful back pass was picked up by an Everton player. Barker came out of the Yeovil goal to block, but Bjarni Thor VIDARSSON chipped the rebound and although the retreating goalkeeper got a hand to the ball he could not keep it out of the net. 0 – 3.

With the tie effectively over Everton swept forward again. Vaughan tried to round Danny Barker, but the young keeper got a hand to his shot which hit the bar and went over for a corner – although his side were trailing by three goals, Barker had actually played very well. A string of substitutions saw Harris, Smith and Anichebe departing for Phelan, Adcock-Case and Kissock respectively. With fifteen minutes remaining, and after he had been on the field for just a minute, Kissock was fouled by Jamie Barber, and Bennett again brandished a yellow card.

Barker saved after a good turn and shot from Vaughan, and then saved a close range shot from the same player before making another stop from a header after the ball was crossed back in. With ten minutes left Vaughan tried his luck again, but shot wide.

Charlie Welch made a fine tackle on his opposing number, Wilson. Everton pushed forward again and Hopkins slid the ball over to James VAUGHAN who, after so many shots had missed or been saved, was left with a simple tap in to get his name on the score sheet. 0 – 4.

Worse was to follow for Yeovil. As an Everton player turned in the centre circle to run toward goal Dale Williams clipped him, and referee Bennett correctly blew for a free kick. He then produced a second yellow for the Glovers captain for a foul which would have been harsh for a first caution, and to the disbelief of fans of both sides Yeovil were reduced to ten men.

In the final substitution Everton replaced Stephen Wynne with Sean Wright for the last five minutes of normal time, and the ten man Glovers were reduced to damage limitation. Phelan shot over from distance, Vaughan headed over from a corner and Seargeant shot over after a good run from Wilson.

The referee indicated three minutes of added time, which began with a free kick deep in the Yeovil half which saw Paul HOPKINS add his second goal for 0 – 5, and ended when an Everton attack down their right saw the ball crossed for Icelandic international Bjarni Thor VIDARSSON to slot home his second and Everton’s sixth with the last kick of the game. 0 – 6.

The final score was very harsh on the Yeovil youngsters, who were still in the game into the second half, and looked to be holding out for a very respectable score until losing three goals and one player in the last ten minutes. Nevertheless, the side did tremendously well to reach the fourth round for the first time ever, beating higher rated opponents Swindon, Brentford and Luton along the way, and great credit must go to all of the lads together with Stuart Housley and his staff for their efforts, and I can only hope that they are aware how proud we are of them.

Robin Evans

Full-time: Yeovil Town u-18's 0 - 6 Everton u-18's
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