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Everton U18s v Crystal Palace U18s

Everton Under-18s bounced back from their FA Youth Cup exit to record an impressive 5-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

A 4-2 defeat against Norwich at Goodison earlier this month saw the young Blue elimated from the Cup, but they responded emphatically in their latest league outing.

Kevin Sheedy's side dominated proceedings at Finch Farm and, despite entering the interval 1-0 down, found their clinical touch in the second half to fire five past visiting Palace.

A brace from striker George Waring and a goal apiece from Harry Charsley, Jonjoe Kenny and Courtney Duffus earned Everton all three points as they catch up on games in hand in the Barclays U18 Premier League Elite Group.

With the scores goalless as half-time neared, the Toffees were made to pay for not taking their multitude of chances.

A free-kick fired into the top corner stunned the hosts, but after a productive team talk from Sheedy and Duncan Ferguson, they were ready to discover their shooting boots that have been so prolific this term.

Five minutes into the second period, Gethin Jones burst to the byline and crossed into the centre. Waring got to it first and headed back across the Palace goalkeeper to make it 1-1.

The Blues would have the lead they deserved five minutes later, as a left-wing cross from Jasper Johns was headed home from close range by Charsley.

And on the hour-mark it was 3-1. Matthew Pennington raced in behind the defence and showed courage and commitment to get to the ball first. He was upended by the goalkeeper, however, and up stepped Waring to fire in from the spot.

On 65 minutes, centre-half Kenny got in on the act, finishing a one-two with aplomb.

And with 10 minutes to go, substitute Duffus completed another excellent move from Ibou Touray's through pass.

Boss Sheedy was delighted with the performance and told evertonfc.com: "We played very well in the first half but didn't get on the end of crosses.

"I think we must have had about 70 per cent of the possession so when that free-kick went in, we couldn't believe it.

"We went through things at half-time and I told them to get more bodies in the box. We were getting four or five in there after the break and that gives you a far greater chance.

"After the Norwich result, I had told them to emulate what the first-team did after their FA Cup exit to Wigan. They were brilliant against Manchester City and our lads were brilliant today. It can be difficult to react to such disappointment but we are very pleased with the attitude they showed."

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