Everton FC win 1-0 with late winner against spirited Sudeva Delhi FC

Everton FC secured a 1-0 victory courtesy a late goal by Jacob Beaumont-Clark against a spirited Sudeva Delhi FC team in the Reliance Foundation presents Premier League Next Generation Cup at the Reliance Corporate Park (RCP) in Navi Mumbai today.

Sudeva had a terrific outing from a defensive perspective, keeping the Everton attackers at bay for the large portions of the game. Sudeva were disciplined, as they defended in numbers but hardly lost their shape throughout the course of the match. Prajal Tushir and Chungkham Jackson specifically stood out with their outstanding outings for the side from the national capital.

Prajal played at the right-back slot and worked tirelessly to recover the ball and move it up on the flanks multiple times. He provided ample cover to his centre-backs but also helped the team transition seamlessly into attack from the flank. He interlinked brilliantly with the forwards, slipping in some cheeky passes into the 18-yard box, which could have been capitalised by the Sudeva forwards.

He also helped the team stretch the Everton backline by pushing forward and drawing a couple of key defenders from the English team towards him. His deliveries and crosses into the box could arguably have been a little bit more precise but the youngster clocked in an impressive performance nonetheless. Eventually, Everton notched the winner as Clark pounced upon a loose delivery inside the Sudeva box in the final minute to help his team get their first victory of the tournament.

“I am really pleased with the performance overall. We understand that at this point at the start of the tournament, we are looking for a reaction from our lads and obviously it was a real great experience for them to play in this climate, something that the boys have not faced before. So, the performance and the application was much more than what we had expected. So, really pleased overall and nice to top that (with a goal) in the end as well,” Everton coach Kieran Driscoll reflected on the game and the performance of his boys.

“I think we could have won this match you know. We created our chances but unfortunately we could not capitalise on them. First few minutes, we created a couple of goal-scoring chances. But, I think this is football and yeah, there is a regret of not winning,” Sudeva coach Chencho Dorji mentioned after the match.

Sudeva and Everton will next play Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) at 8pm on Tuesday at RCP.

Brief Scores

Everton FC 1 (Jacob Beaumont Clark 72’) – 0 Sudeva Delhi FC

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