Everton Under-18s are safely through to the FA Youth Cup fourth round after beating neighbours Tranmere Rovers 2-0 at Goodison Park.
The Young Blues were the better team throughout but had to wait until first-half stoppage time to take the lead when Fraser Hornby picked himself up off the turf to hammer home a penalty.
Hornby made no mistake from 12 yards after being tripped by goalkeeper Patrick Wharton, who had earlier made three good saves to keep Everton at bay.
The victory was effectively wrapped up three minutes after the restart when Tranmere failed to deal with an inswinging free-kick from the left and defender Morgan Feeney pounced to stab the ball over the line inside the six-yard box.
The win could have been by a greater margin had it not been for a sprawling save from Wharton to deny Antony Evans and an even better stop from the keeper late on to tip Shayne Lavery’s fiercely-hit shot against the bar.
Tranmere played their part in an entertaining cup tie and struck the woodwork twice themselves in the second half through Kevin Cringle and Tom Croughan.
The victory continues Everton Under-18s’ splendid form - it’s now 12 matches unbeaten, a run which dates back to August.
Click here to read how the action unfolded, minute-by-minute, via our live blog on the evening.