Villa U18s 2-3 Everton U18s
Everton Under-18s kept up their impressive start to the season as they came from behind to win 3-2 at Villa Park on Saturday.
A Jekyll and Hyde performance saw the young Blues eventually rack up their third win in four league games thanks to goals from Callum Dyson, Gethin Jones and Harry Charsley.
Kevin Sheedy's side started brightly enough and took the lead just 10 minutes in when Dyson latched on to a Charlsey throughball before coolly lobbing the goalkeeper.
Parity was restored soon after however and a quick Villa second saw Everton go in behind at the break.
It could have been worse. Awarded a penalty on the stoke of half-time, Aston Villa's taker saw his effort come back off the crossbar before he rammed home the rebound.
Incorrectly, the 'goal' was initially allowed to stand, before protests from Everton's players caused the referee to realise his error and reverse the decision.
It proved important as the visitors emerged for the second half rejuvenated and levelled things up when Gethin Jones finished from close range on 55 minutes.
Everton were much the better side from there on in and rightly got the winner they deserved with 15 minutes remaining when a fumble from Villa's keeper helped Charsley's effort creep over the line.
"It was as poor as we have played for a long time in the first half," said Sheedy afterwards. "We were really disappointed because the play was well below what we expect. We made the players aware of that at half-time and they responded and put in a really good second half performance.
"We got ourselves level and when we scored it was a true reflection of the game really because we were dominating by that stage."
On the bizarre penalty situation, Sheedy added: "It was a strange one. He [the referee] was definitely was planning to give it but luckily our players are sharp and knew the rules and he realised his mistake."