The Crown Football weekly round-up is back with some highlights on the youth academy’s stars!
Liam Walsh is the skilled, tenacious and royal blue blooded midfielder who is a vital cog in the Everton under-23s team. Today, the Huyton teenager earned wider recognition after winning the Premier League 2 player of the month for February. Walsh has served his apprenticeship on loan at Yeovil, returned to Everton an improved player for the experience and on the back of signing a new two-year deal in September was doubly determined make the next step up. On the back of constant rave reviews, the praise of his coaches and the buzz amongst those who had seen him, it felt as though he was ready. “He runs games,” David Unsworth said this morning. There’s a strong argument to say that Walsh and Co. are the best second string Everton have had in a generation and they remain on course to win the league title ahead of Manchester City.
A controversial Paris Cowan-Hall goal secured Wycombe a first win in seven games as they beat Grimsby. The substitute struck after a Danny Collins own goal levelled things up following Calum Dyson‘s first-half penalty, but the hosts felt aggrieved when the goal came with one of their players down with a head injury. Grimsby took the lead when Tom Bolarinwa was brought down by Sam Wood in the penalty area and Dyson sent goalkeeper Jamal Blackman the wrong way from the spot to put the hosts in front. Wycombe then equalised, through a Collins own goal and then 4 minutes later got the winner through Cowan-Hall. Despite the loss at home, Dyson has kept up his impressive performances since joining on loan in January, with 3 goals in 5 games.
Antony Evans, another player on loan from Everton, scored his first league goal for Morecambe away at Blackpool on Saturday. Watch his cool finish below:
Last Friday’s result: Arsenal U23 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur U23. Ben Sheaf captained his Arsenal U23 side to a win over North London rivals Tottenham, with goals from Yaya Sanogo and Reiss Nelson. The victory sees Steve Gatting’s side rise to third in the Premier League 2 table, leapfrogging Chelsea and Liverpool!
Here are the weekend’s fixtures to look forward to: