Everton Res v Blackburn
Second-half goals from Jose Baxter and Hallam Hope saw Everton Reserves complete their home fixtures for the season with a deserved victory over Blackburn Rovers.
The game brought a run-out at right back for Seamus Coleman, while Ross Barkley, Shane Duffy and David Weir added further first-team experience.
Yet, it was a Jekyll and Hyde performance from Alan Stubbs' side - a first half of mistakes, few chances and a hailstorm eventually being overshadowed by a second-half of energy, endeavour and - in Hope's case - clinical finishing.
Indeed, a forgettable first 45 minutes brought just one Everton chance, left winger Conor Grant arrowing the ball wide from the edge of the box.
Adam Davies ensured it remained goalless at the break when he parried Nick Blackman's thunderous effort with just five minutes of the half remaining, and when Everton returned from the dressing room they did so with a renewed vigour.
First there was a glimmer of a chance for lone frontman Joao Silva, but the Portuguese striker's leap lacked the spring for him to connect.
Baxter then forced stopper Seb Usai to tip a low effort to safety before the midfielder was guilty of blazing a golden opportunity over the crossbar from eight yards.
The in-form Baxter quickly made amends however, squeezing the ball past Usai and in off the post from the edge of the box to give Everton the lead.
Hope then replaced Silva before Blackburn wasted their only real chance to equalise, Blackman failing to capitalise on a slip by Weir.
And it was the substitute Hope who sealed all three points with 10 minutes remaining, the youngster latching on to Barkley's neat throughball before craftily lifting the ball over Usai.
The second string will play their final game of the campaign away at Arsenal a week on Wednesday.