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Blackburn Rovers U18s v Everton U18s

Everton Under-18s chalked up their fifth straight win after taking maximum points from their trip to Blackburn on Saturday morning.

Kevin Sheedy's young Blues were always in control but had to dig deep to see off a spirited Rovers and secure a 3-2 win.

Everton made a bright start and deservedly took the lead through Callum Connolly on 15 minutes.

It was all-square at half-time as Blackburn responded, but the Toffees were back in front after the restart when striker Courtney Duffus finished after good work from his brother, Tyrone.

Everton wasted several opportunities to extend their advantage and they were hit by the sucker punch when the hosts levelled for a second time.

Unperturbed by the setback, Everton rallied and netted the game's fifth and decisive goal when Gethin Jones scored late on with an expertly-taken free-kick after Blackburn had been reduced to 10 men.

Despite Everton's wastefulness in front of goal, Under-18s coach Kevin Sheedy reflected on another positive afternoon for his team.

He told evertonfc.com: "Blackburn v Everton is a traditional north-west derby and Rovers tried hard but we ran out deserved winners.

"We got in numerous great positions but had a lack of composure in front of goal. On another day we would have scored six or seven goals.

"I was pleased with the effort and determination but we shouldn't have been hanging on at the end."

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