Tait: Under-18s 'On Another Level' In 10-0 Triumph

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Paul Tait said his side produced a performance that “was on another level” after they secured a remarkable 10-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at USM Finch Farm on Saturday. 

Red-hot striker Ellis Simms bagged four goals as the young Blues ran riot in the Premier League Cup Group D clash, taking his goal tally to 21 in just 11 matches this season. 

The triumph made it two wins from two for the Toffees in the competition, while Tait’s side also sit top of the U18 Premier League (North) Table.

After Ryan Astley broke the deadlock against West Brom, Simms struck twice to put Everton 3-0 up at the break.

The second half saw the 17-year-old complete his hat-trick with a stunning 20-yard effort that arrowed into the top corner, before adding a fourth as Everton turned up the heat on the Baggies.

Korede Adedoyin hit a brace – he has now scored seven goals in his past four matches – while Lewis Dobbin and Max Thompson also got on the scoresheet.

Boss Tait explained said his side’s scintillating attacking display was a joy to watch.

“From the first minute until the last, we were at it,” he told evertonfc.com.

“Our forward play was on another level. We played some outstanding football in terms of keeping the ball and possession, and also penetrating in attack. 

“Ellis was brilliant again. He’s full of confidence and he was on fire all day. 

“But it was a great performance all round and an unusual result – I can’t remember winning a game 10-0 at Under-18 level.”


The game was the young Blues’ first since being edged out 4-3 in a pulsating Merseyside derby on November 1, in what was their first defeat of the season.

Tait admitted his side were boosted by the availability of key men Simms and Astley - the pair missed the Liverpool clash having been promoted to David Unsworth’s Under-23 squad.

The boss was also eager to praise the character his players showed to bounce back in such convincing fashion.

“We had a good week’s work and the lads were really looking forward to the game,” he said.

“It was an excellent response and an extraordinary result, really. But the performance warranted it. The lads were superb.”

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