Goals from Antony Evans and Con Ouzounidis saw Everton beat Swansea 2-0 at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Davy Klaassen and Ramiro Funes Mori both started for the young Blues, as Everton leap-frogged Swansea into fourth position in Premier League 2.
Evans’ stunning free-kick gave Everton the lead on 22 minutes, before Ouzounidis made it 2-0 with just under a quarter of an hour left.
After a cagey opening, it was Swansea who had the first real opening when striker Jordan Garrick broke clear on four minutes, but his shot was well saved by Blues keep Mateusz Hewelt.
The Blues began to get a stranglehold in the game however, and had a penalty shout on 17 minutes when Ouzounidis went down after a scramble in the box following a corner – but the referee waved play on.
Everton would get the breakthrough soon enough however. Evans was brought down by Swans midfielder Adnan Maric just outside the box - he stepped up to take the free-kick himself and swerved a stunning effort into the top corner. Swans keeper Gregor Zabret had no chance.
The goal gave the Blues confidence and they went into half-time in control.
David Unsworth's side had a scare just five minutes after the break however, when Courtney Baker-Richardson almost turned home after Hewelt fumbled a cross, but were for the most part comfortable with Funes Mori looking assured at centre-back.
Swansea battled hard for an equaliser, and got into some threatening positions, but the Blues held firm without giving up any clear-cut chances.
And when Ouzounidis headed Conor Grant’s superb free-kick delivery home, the points were safe.
Botti Biabi’s acrobatic effort was as close as Swansea came to getting one back, but Unsworth’s men held out to secure three valuable points.