Everton Under-18s coach Paul Tait described his side’s performance as “fantastic” after they hit seven goals past Newcastle United at USM Finch Farm on Saturday afternoon.
Korede Adedoyin scored four times while Mackenzie Hunt, Ellis Simms and Tom Scully also added their names to the scoresheet to ensure the young Blues returned to winning ways.
The hosts got off to perfect start against Newcastle – managed by Everton’s FA Cup-winning captain Dave Watson - with Hunt, promoted from the Club’s Under-16s side, firing them ahead after just three minutes.
Bobby Carroll, also promoted from the Under-16s, fed Simms who saw his low effort saved by Will Brown in the Newcastle goal, but Hunt was on hand to turn home the rebound.
Before Tait’s side doubled their lead on 24 minutes. Scully drove into the Newcastle box before seeing his attempted pass blocked, but the ball the fell kindly Simms who drove a low effort into the bottom corner of the net.
Three minutes later and the young Blues had a third. The visitors failed to clear Scully’s corner with Carroll’s cross back into the box flicked into the path of Adedoyin who simply couldn’t miss from six yards out.
The visitors’ best chance of the game arrived just before the half-time break. Michael Collins brought down Thomas Cole on the edge of the Blues box and from resulting free-kick Elias Sorensen curled the ball just wide of Harry Tyrer’s far post.
But a minute into the second half and the hosts put the game firmly out of Watson’s side’s reach with Adedoyin collecting his second of the afternoon.
After dispossessing Lucas Gamblin, the winger drove into the United box before checking back inside and finishing into the bottom corner of the net.
Further chances followed for the young Blues with Carroll blazing over before Brown did well to tip Hunt’s effort around the post after the right-winger had raced clear.
Hunt was powerless in preventing Adedoyin from his hat-trick and the young Blues’ fifth of the afternoon, though. Tom Warren and Carroll combined before the latter teed up Adedoyin who side-footed into the far corner of the net.
Adedoyin, however, saved his best for last. Picking the ball up, the already hat-trick hero ghosted past three Newcastle defenders before letting fly with a stunning curling effort that flew beyond the reach of the diving Brown and into the far corner of the net.
With 10 minutes remaining, Tait’s side completed the rout, Scully picking up a goal his performance warranted. The central midfielder saw his free-kick, from around 35 yards out, evade a crowded penalty area including Brown, with the ball nestling into the bottom corner of the net.
“I thought we were fantastic today,” said Blues boss Tait. “The conditions were really difficult, I think we had four seasons in one day, so for the lads to play the football they way they did and score the goals we did, is absolutely fantastic.
“I’m also delighted with the three Under-16 lads who played - Harry, Mackenzie and Bobby. Harry’s come in and kept a clean sheet on his first start, while Bobby and Mackenzie have carried on from the game other night where they’ve came on. Certainly the two outfield players will be in and around the Under-18s for the rest of the season now.”
Tait was also full of praise for Adedoyin who he is believes was rewarded with an increase in his work rate.
He said: “We played him in a different position today to try to get him on the ball and he’s done fantastic. His work rate was excellent today and he got his reward with four goals. Hopefully that will make him see the benefit of working hard.”