Everton U18s v Southampton U18s
Everton Under-18s slipped to defeat on Saturday morning against Southampton at Finch Farm.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, a clinical second-half performance from the Saints ensured that Kevin Sheedy’s young Blues were on the end of a 3-0 reverse.
Things could have been different however, had Everton enjoyed more fortune in front of goal in the first half when they hit the woodwork on no less than three occasions.
Chris Long twice saw efforts rebound off the frame of the goal, while George Waring was also denied by the post.
Sheedy told evertonfc.com: “We started the game really well and in the first half we performed to our high standards and created numerous chances. We hit the post three times and their keeper made some great saves, so we were disappointed to come in 0-0 at half time.
“In the second half we conceded a soft penalty which seemed to dent our confidence a little bit. They scored their second, which wasn’t really deserved, and then after that we went a little bit gung-ho. That left us open and we conceded a third.
“I was pleased with the way the team played in the first half but we lost a bit of our discipline in the second half. A lot of the players who played in the youth cup on Monday ran out of legs towards the end.
“All in all, it was a good way to start the week with the win over Arsenal, but a disappointing way to end it.”