Everton U18s v Norwich U18s
Everton's Youth Cup dream was extinguished at Goodison Park after a 4-2 defeat to Norwich.
The scoreline probably flattered the visitors who went through courtesy of a Carlton Morris hat-trick and a late Jacob Murphy goal.
Morris put the Canaries 2-0 up before Chris Long hit back for Everton. The Norwich number nine completed his treble after the break with Blues' defender Ibou Touray seeing red shortly after. Long struck again for the 10 men before Murphy made it safe.
Indeed it was Long who sent the first effort of the game over inside 90 seconds before both sides settled down, with Everton playing plenty of attractive passing football throughout.
But Norwich's forays forward were full of menace and Reece Hall-Thompson saw an effort deflected wide on five minutes.
Soon after, Matt Kennedy curled an effort a few yards off target for the Blues before the Toffees went behind.
The impressive Joshua Murphy was the provider - he wriggled free down the left and centred for Morris to tap in on 14 minutes.
Long and Curtis Langton had efforts for Everton before their best chance of a leveller was nodded over by Jonjoe Kenny after a fine team move.
Five minutes later the deficit was doubled as the same Norwich pair combined for Morris to clip over the advancing Mason Springthorpe.
But the spirited Toffees snatched an instant lifeline when Long surged on to a long ball and slammed it past William Britt in the visitors' goal.
Seven minutes after the break Morris completed his hat-trick, seizing upon the ball after Springthorpe had spilled Joshua Murphy's low shot.
Kennedy sent another effort harmlessly wide before the magnitude of Everton's task was intensified.
Touray received a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Cameron Norman on the hour.
But Everton's 10 men refused to lie down and were soon back in the game.
Kennedy's floated cross caused mayhem and Long was on hand to convert the loose ball with 18 minutes left.
With the home side pressing and at a numerical disadvantage, the counter-attack was always a threat and so it proved when Jacob Murphy raced through to make it safe with 10 minutes left.