STERLING-JAMES SHINES IN EFLTROPHY AGAINST EVERTON
English Football League Trophy - Leasing.com Trophy
Mansfield Town 1 - 1 Everton U21 Everton U21 win penalty shoot-out 4-1 for an extra point
Sterling-James 87. Gordon 28. Baningime sent off 70
Attendance: 824 (55 from Everton)
Date: 27 August 2019
STERLING-JAMES SHINES IN EFL TROPHY AS STAGS DRAW BUT LOSE SHOOT-OUT
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town drew 1-1 with Everton U21 at the One Call Stadium in their first game in the group stages of the EFL Trophy (now named Leasing.com Trophy, formerly Checkatrade Trophy). There was then a penalty shoot-out for an extra point, which Everton U21 won 4-1, so Everton U21 came away from the game with two points and Mansfield one point. Mansfield play Crewe and Burton in the remaining games in the group stages to decide who progresses to the next round.
Mansfield gave a first team debut to goalkeeper Aidan Stone, and fielded youngsters James Clarke, Lewis Gibbens, Alistair Smith, Jason Law and Jimmy Knowles against the Premier League academy side. Everton themselves fielded six players who featured in this corresponding fixture two years ago in the same competition, when a much more experienced Mansfield side (containing no youngsters) won the game 1-0.
The Stags side, containing so many youngsters, did well to hold their own in the first half, but trailed at the break to an outstanding solo goal from the hugely impressive Anthony Gordon. The highly-rated Gordon, already identified as the Everton danger man, lit up the first half with superb football that will make him a target for many football league clubs who might want to secure his services on loan. Everton U21 looked very comfortable on the ball in the first half and held on to it for long periods without creating too many chances. In terms of chances it was an even half as Omari Sterling-James cracked the woodwork with an outstanding free kick from 26 yards, fired another great shot into the side netting from 23 yards, and drew a great save from the keeper with a flick from close range from a CJ Hamilton pull-back from the byline. Everton U21 also hit the woodwork from a free kick, through Antony Evans from 33 yards, while Stags keeper Stone saved well from Gordon and Dennis Adeniran. For Mansfield, in addition to the impressive Sterling-James, youngsters Clarke, Gibbens and Smith did well in the first half. Young striker Jimmy Knowles was feeding off scraps though and had little chance to impress.
The Stags brought off Law and Knowles at half time, and replaced them with Otis Khan and Alex MacDonald to make it a more experienced side. And as a result, the Stags controlled more of the second half. Early in the second half, Sterling-James forced the Everton keeper to tip wide, then Matt Preston volleyed wide from a great position, before Anthony Gordon was at it again curling in a great shot which forced a brilliant diving save from Aidan Stone. Everton U21 were reduced to 10 men on 70 minutes when Beni Baningime was sent off for a second yellow card. Alistair Smith forced a save at full stretch from the keeper with a great effort from distance, but it was fitting that it was the excellent Sterling-James who got the equaliser after 87 minutes, turning on the edge of the area and sliding a low shot under the keeper.
So 1-1 at full time, and one point each, and I think on balance that was a fair scoreline. Then a penalty shoot-out for an extra point. Otis Khan had his penalty saved, and Sterling-James fired over the bar, as Everton U21 won the shoot-out 4-1. Khan and Sterling-James were the same two players to miss in the shoot-out against Morecambe two weeks ago in the Carabao Cup.
Despite his penalty miss, again, Sterling-James has done enough in this game, and in sub appearances against Morecambe in the Carabao Cup and against Stevenage in the league, to force his way into contention to start in the league. Indeed if Nicky Maynard is not fit on Saturday, I would expect Sterling-James to start up front with Danny Rose. Youngsters Clarke, Gibbens and Smith all did well, and Tyrese Sinclair, despite only coming on for the final few minutes, really caught the eye. Sinclair, in my opinion, is a real talent to watch out for.
On a statistical note, the attendance of 824 was the second lowest at Field Mill for any competitive Stags game, just 24 more than the 800 against Torquay United in the football league on 08 March 1939.
Mansfield made six changes to the side that drew with Stevenage. In came goalkeeper Aidan Stone for his first team debut. Also Lewis Gibbens, Omari Sterling-James, Alistair Smith, Jason Law and Jimmy Knowles. Out went: Logan, Sweeney, MacDonald, Tomlinson, Khan and Rose. Young James Clarke again started at right back.
It was a 4-2-3-1 formation:
Clarke, Preston, Gibbens, Benning (captain again);
Law, Sterling-James, Hamilton;
On the bench for Mansfield were Tyrese Sinclair, who was to come on near the end for his first team debut, Jamie Chisholm, and Tom Fielding (who came on as sub in last year’s competition).
Everton U21 fielded six players who featured in this corresponding fixture two years ago in the same competition, when it was an Everton U23 side.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
MATCH REPORT: More penalties misery for Mansfield Town after draw with Everton stars of tomorrow
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 27 August 2019
Mansfield Town again suffered another penalty shoot-out defeat after a 1-1 home draw against a high quality Everton U21s side in the opening group game of this season’s Leasings.com Trophy.
With both sides taking a point from the 90 minutes on a swelteringly hot night, the young Toffees earned an extra point after winning the shoot-out 4-1.
Stags were knocked out the Caraboa Cup on penalties against Morecambe earlier this month and this was no better from the spot as Otis Khan had his kick saved and Omari Sterling-James blazed over.
The visitors had oozed quality at times and stand-out man Anthony Gordon netted a fantastic goal worthy of winning any football match on 28 minutes.
But after having Beni Baningime sent off for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes left, Stags were encouraged to push hard and man of the match Sterling-James levelled with three minutes to go.
Until the penalties, there was plenty for a small home crowd to enjoy with several youngsters involved, Jimmy Knowles making a full debut and Aidan Stone his debut, Tyrese Sinclair doing the same as a stoppage time sub.
Summer signing Stone was in goal in place of Conrad Logan as one of six changes from the weekend.
Young centre half Lewis Gibbens took over from Ryan Sweeney, who was on the bench.
Young midfielder Alistair Smith started in place of Alex MacDonald and Jason Law and Omari Sterling-James replaced Willem Tomlinson and Otis Khan.
Replacing top scorer Danny Rose up front was highly-rated 17-year-old striker Jimmy Knowles, who started in place of top scorer Danny Rose for a full debut.
Stags went 4-4-2 with Sterling-James partnering Knowles up front.
Stone easily caught an early ball into the home box while Sterling-James had a shot blocked after Mellis did well to win a 50-50 ball.
On six minutes we then had the first real chance as Gordon skilfully danced into the home box and from an angle on the right forced Logan to turn away his low finish.
Two minutes later Mellis again fed Sterling-James and, from just outside the box, he flashed a powerful low shot into the sidenetting.
Gordon should have given the visitors the lead on 12 minutes.
It was a poor and dangerous pass from Stone to Mellis that sparked the danger and then Mellis lost the ball while trying to dribble past Markelo, who robbed him and set up Gordon to his left.
But his finish was weak and easy for Stone to grab.
The keeper also easily smothered Charsley’s low shot soon after.
Stags won a free kick on 16 minutes on the left 25 yards out from where Sterling-James bent a great effort that struck the outside of the left post.
Young right back Clarke was allowed to run on 18 minutes and fired just over the bar from 20 yards.
But Stone was back in action with his best save so far to block Adeniran’s low shot after great work from Gordon down the centre on 23 minutes.
However, Stone could so nothing about a moment of brilliance from Gordon on 28 minutes as the Toffees got their noses in front. Gordon picked up the ball 25 yards out and went past several opponents on a mesmerising run before burying a great finish across Stone and inside the far post.
Hamilton was wide with a low effort on 32 minutes after a lovely pass from Knowles, then Sterling-James sent a hopeful 35 yard free kick into the wall before Preston was inches away from getting a head on a Mellis free kick.
Mellis was then disappointingly high with an 18 yard free kick as Mansfield continued to knock on the door.
On 40 minutes Clarke sent Hamilton to the right by-line and his low near post cross was met by a cheeky backheeled finish by Sterling-James that keeper Tyrer did well to keep out.
Gordon was tripped by Gibbens on 42 minutes for the night’s first booking.
Evans took the free kick from 30 yards and clipped the outside of the left post.
Stags sent on MacDonald and Khan for Law and Knowles for the second half and almost immediately Sterling-James cut in and curled one over the far angle.
On 47 minutes Clarke put in a low ball to the near post where Sterling-James threw himself at it and connected with his chest, forcing Tyrer to turn it wide. Benning put the corner over and Preston, at the far post, fired across the face of goal and wide.
But Stone had to pull off a brilliant save to his left on 53 minutes after Gordon made space in the box for what looked a goal all the way after a spell of Everton dominance.
Baningime was booked for a foul on Khan on 55 minutes.
Tyrer safely held a Khan shot from distance as Stags struggled to fins a way through.
Tyrer also turned aside a long range MacDonald shot, that never looked like it would beat him.
Everton tried to break away on 67 minutes, with Markelo leading the charge until he was upended by Preston, who was booked.
But three minutes later Baningime hacked down Sterling-James and, having already been booked, was shown the red card.
With 10 minutes left and the visitors defending well, Smith forced Tyrer to get a hand to his low shot from 25 yards from a half-clearance.
But Mellis was added to the book for halting dangerman Gordon’s break down the left on 82 minutes.
A long throw into the visitors’ box was not cleared, allowing Gibbens the chance to poke a deflected shot to Tyrer.
Stags were finally level on 87 minutes. Smith found Sterling-James on the edge of the box and he worked an opening, sliding home a superb low finish into the bottom left corner.
A minute later Stone made a great block from a fierce Charsley shot at the other end.
In the final minute Smith went down holding his shoulder and injury-hit Stags sent on Sinclair for his debut to replace him.
A surprising seven minutes were added in which Sinclair put a great ball across the face of goal with no one finishing it with Everton holding firm for penalties.
Evans put Everton ahead only for CJ Hamilton to score, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Foulds made it 2-1 and, after Khan’s kick was saved, Charsley blasted in Everton’s third.
Sterling-James blotted his copy book after a fine game when he was over the bar with his kick leaving Markelo to calmly seal Everton’s extra point.
STAGS: Stone, Clarke, Preston, Gibbens, Benning, Mellis, Smith, Law (Khan HT), Sterling-James, Hamilton, Knowles (MacDonald HT). Subs not used: Logan, Sweeney, Sinclair, Fielding, Chisholm.
EVERTON U21s: Tyrer, Charsley, Baningime, Adeniran (Simms 68, Mampala 88), Feeney, Foulds, Evans, Gordon, Denny (Astley 86), Markelo, John. Subs not used: McIntyre, Anderson, Iversen, Carroll.
REFEREE: Ben Toner of Blackburn.
ATTENDANCE: 824 (55 away).
CHAD STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Omari Sterling-James.
GOAL! Everton have won it! Lovely cool conversion by Markelo. Nothing less than the Blues deserve. 4-1 win on penalties
Markelo can win it now!!
MISS! Wild penalty by Sterling-James sails over the bar.
GOAL! Great penalty by Harry Charsley. 3-1 Everton
SAVE!! Great save by Tyrer to deny Khan. 2-1 Everton
GOAL! Just! Matthew Foulds goes down the middle and the keeper dives over it. 2-1 Everton
GOAL! Hamilton scores the first Mansfield kick. 1-1
GOAL! And how! What a strike from Evans. Unstoppable
Antony Evans to take the first kick
Goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly is in deep conversation with young Harry Tyrer...doubtless reinforcing the new rule about staying on his line!
FULL-TIME: MANSFIELD TOWN 1 EVERTON 1. The first game of the group will be decided on penalties
We are a minute away from penalties. Can brave Everton hang on....
Mellis shoots well wide
corner for mansfield
Feeney fouls his marker from the corner. There will be SEVEN minutes of added time
A long wait for Smith to be treated and then substituted.
Corner for Everton after Mampala's effort takes a deflection
Ellis Simms is replaced by Manasse Mampala
GOAL. It's heartbreak for Everton when Sterling-James squeezes his shot on the turn past Tyrer.
A rare scramble inside the Everton box as Mansfield search desperately for a leveller but Tyrer eventually garbs the ball
Everton bring on Ryan Astley for Alex Denny
Meliis is yellow-carded for a cynical pull-back on Gordon, who falls awkwardly and needs treatment
Another fine save from Tyrer to keep out a well-struck drive from Smith
The attendance is announced as 824...including 55 away fans
More concern for David Unsworth when keeper Tyrer needs treatment after a challenge from Sterling-James.
Preston heads the corner back across goal but Tyrer makes a safe catch
Corner on the right for Mansfield. This could be a long last 20 for Everton
Beni Baningime is sent-off after picking up a second yellow card for a foul
Substitution for Everton. Ellis Simms replaces Dennis Adeniran
Mansfield defender Preston is booked for hauling back Markelo
Yet another long-range effort from the hosts - this time its MacDonald but Tyrer palms it away quite comfortably
Free-kick for Mansfield. Benning takes, Adeniran heads it away and then Markelo is fouled on the edge of the box to relieve the danger
A shot from distance by Mansfield substitute Khan is easily gathered by Tyrer
Evans takes the corner, Mansfield clear and instantly counter - Everton need some excellent covering by Baningime to thwart the danger
Everton win a corner after a defensive mix-up on the edge of the home box
Charsley heads the free-kick away to safety
Free-kick by the corner flag on the left for Mansfield
Baningime is yellow-carded following a foul
Mansfield clear the corner
Gordon is denied a second goal by a great save from Stone. The effort came after some superb passing football by the Blues .Corner kick on the right
From the corner, Preston volleys wide
Mansfield are out of the traps in fine style in the second half. Clarke crosses Sterling-James dives to head the ball and Tyrer makes a save
The Stags are straight on the offensive and Sterling-James curls an effort over Tyrer's bar
The second period is under way
Mansfield Town 0 Everton 1. Anthony Gordon's wonder goal separates the two teams at the break
1 minute of added time at the One Call Stadium
Fabulous effort from Evans - from fully 30-yards he beats the keeper but hits the post
Free-kick for Everton 30-yards from goal.
Gibbens is booked for Mansfield after a cynical foul on Gordon
A fine save by Tyrer keeps Everton ahead. Hamilton's blistering pace took him clear down the right and his low cross was flicked goalwards by Sterling-James - Tyrer had to react sharply to keep it out
The corner is cleared. Still 1-0 to the Blues
Corner on the right for Mansfield
Mellis takes the kick but his effort is high over the bar and into the empty stand behind Tyrer's goal
Free-kick on the edge of the box for the hosts after Denny is harshly penalised. Hamilton looked to have slipped
Sterling-James crashes a direct free-kick straight into the Everton wall from 30-yards. They like a long range effort here at the One Call Stadium!
An effort from Mansfield but Hamilton pulls his shot wide.
Even the home fans applauded that goal...that's how good it was
WHAT A GOAL!!!!! Anthony Gordon skips past four defenders and curls a wonderful finish into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box. Terrific goal.
Gordon rides a heavy challenge in midfield and sides Adeniran in on the right. The midfielder powers past his marker but Stones makes a good save from the final effort and Charsley heads the rebound wide
Another long-range effort from Mansfield - Clarke firing over from 20-yards
A terrific free-kick from Sterling-James beats Tyrer but hits the post. Still 0-0...but only just!
It's a good game this. Charsley fashions a chance for himself but can only shoot straight at the keeper
And again! A chance for Gordon but he doesn't connect sweetly enough from 10-yards and Stone makes an easy save
Gordon again. This time he breaks through the middle before playing in Charsley, whose cross is cleared
The closest yet! Sterling-James shoots from outside the box and the ball flashes past the post with Tyrer completely wrong-footed
Gordon runs at the Mansfield defence and beats three defenders before forcing Stone into a smart save
Mansfield counter and a fierce drive from Sterling-James is blocked by Foulds
Great link up play between Adineran and Gordon ends when the latter shoots straight at Stone in the home goal
Stags manager John Dempster has made six changes to the line-up that drew 0-0 with Stevenage at the weekend.
Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley, whose team play Everton tomorrow night, has just taken his seat in the stand.
Everton's 2019/20 Leasing.com Trophy campaign is under way at the One Call Stadium
The Toffees are at Mansfield Town tonight in the Leasing.com Trophy and the team is: Tyrer, Charsley, Baningime, Feeney (c), Foulds, Evans, Gordon, Denny, Markelo, John, Adeniran. Subs: McIntyre (gk), Astley, Mampala, Simms, Anderson, Iversen, Carroll
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