Stoke U18 v Everton U18
A goal in either half was enough for Everton Under-18s to record a 2-1 away win over Stoke City.
Strikes from Chris Long and Anton Forrester were enough to give the visitors the three points – despite a consolation from the Potters’ Michael Clarkson.
The opening half hour saw very few chances. Everton's Hallam Hope had the one real sight of goal but was unable to direct Ryan Higgins’ cross on target.
Yet as the half progressed the Blues got hold of the game and grabbed the opener on 39 minutes.
Jordan Barrow fed Hope on the left-hand side and Long's elusive movement saw him slip his man and slot the cross into the bottom corner.
The crucial second then arrived just six minutes into the second half as Everton’s greater potency in the final third told.
Forrester has been in good goalscoring form this season and he showed plenty of confidence as he crashed home from 20 yards.
The two-goal cushion did not last long, however, as Clarkson pulled one back.
After that it was time for the Blues to show their defensive qualities as they stood firm to repel Stoke’s pressure and leave the Potteries with a pleasing result.