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Everton U21s v Bolton U21s

Everton's Under-21 side continued their winning ways with an action-packed 5-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Alan Stubbs' side were looking to get more points on the board at Finch Farm, and they merited all three through a spirited second-half comeback in heavy downpour.

Magaye Gueye had given the Blues a 15th-minute lead when he clipped past Wanderers stopper Sam Lych, with Francisco Junior instrumental in the goal.

The midfielder dropped a shoulder to trick two opposition players, turned into the space and threaded a perfectly-weighted through pass for Gueye to finish.

Minutes earlier, Matthew Kennedy forced the first real save of the match when his fierce drive from distance had Lych at full stretch.

But despite that positive start, the hosts were rattled just five minutes later when Mateusz Taudul was judged to have felled Samni Odelusi in the box.

Michael O'Halloran stepped up to finish from the spot, but there was more to come.

On the half-hour mark, Odelusi found space to turn and shoot in one movement to put the visitors 2-1 up.

The Blues hadn't done much wrong up until this point, with a few scrambles in the box the only scares amid fluid possession.

And in the second half, that control was intensified and put to devastating effect.

Conors McAleny and Grant both came on at the interval in place of Anton Forrester and Sam Kelly - and it was the duo's running that forced Bolton to be hurried as the rain continued to fall.

The substitutions also saw Gueye switch to a central role and the Olympian formed a formidabble partnership with Junior.

Indeed, Everton were level just eight minutes into the second period.

A decent spell resulted in a corner and Kennedy's floated ball was met with power by the forehead of Matthew Pennington.

On 63 minutes, Kennedy grabbed his first goal in Blue. With Gueye's free-kick blocked, the Scotland Under-19 international drilled the loose ball low through a sea of bodies and into the bottom-right corner.

That put the Blues 3-2 up and from then on, there was no looking back.

With Taudul only provided any tests from distance, the Blues focused on things at the other end of the park, with McAleny next on the scoresheet.

The forward, recently returned from injury, showed no signs of rust as he worked a marvellous solo goal. Twisting and turning, he beat his man at the byline and cut inside to deliver a curling effort into the top corner.

And with 13 minutes to go Shane Duffy grabbed his third goal in as many games by rising highest to meet another Kennedy corner.

The win moves Everton up to fifth in the Barclays U21 Premier League National Group One Table, level on points with third-placed Reading and fourth-placed Norwich.

Next up for Stubbs' side is a trip to face the Canaries on Monday 8 October.

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