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Tuesday 23 September K.O. 19:45



Ewood Park | 7th October 2013 19:00

Blackburn Rovers U21s v Everton U21s

Everton Under-21s made it four games unbeaten with a 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers on Monday evening.

Conor Grant's swerving drive put the Blues ahead at Ewood, only for Darragh Lenihan to respond in an entertaining second half.

And just when it seemed destined to finish one apiece, Ibou Touray was on hand to provide a rare goal in injury time.

A youthful Blues side stepped out at Ewood looking to pick up where they had left off with a 3-2 win over Chelsea a fortnight prior.

And while the starting XI was predominantly made up of teenagers, a few knocks in defence presented the ideal berth at the back for Tony Hibbert.

The right-back is yet to feature for the first-team this term, but his experience will have been priceless to the Blues' backline, particularly in the absence of regular centre-half pairing skipper Tyias Browning and Matthew Pennington.

A first-half of huffing and puffing, the visitors enjoyed much of the ball but were just lacking enough guile to force a breakthrough.

George Green stroked the side-netting with a clever free-kick before Grant could only sting the palms of the Rovers goalkeeper from distance, while the hosts struck the crossbar through a rasping effort from Dean Rittenberg.

The ideal opportunity presented itself when Hallam Hope was bundled over in the box soon after the interval, but the in-form forward couldn't place his spot-kick far enough away from the diving David Raya Martin.

Nevertheless, the Blues finally went ahead on 57 minutes through Grant's lashed left-footed effort from outside the box which left Martin clutching at thin air as it nestled into the roof of his net.

Rovers equalised 11 minutes later when the Everton defenders couldn't quite clear danger and Lenihan rushed in to steer home to perhaps undeservedly level the scoring.

The Blues pushed on in hope of a winner. Forward Chris Long had a golden chance to claim it but instead side-footed wide when presented with a great late opening.

And so it was to be an unlikely hero that emerged in stoppage time.

One final late flurry from a corner saw the Blues have two late efforts cleared off the line only for the ball to drop perfectly for a charging Touray to somehow bundle in past a bemused Rovers rearguard.

The left-back was mobbed by his teammates in celebration as Alan Stubbs' side now face a fortnight's wait before hosting a clash with Manchester United.



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