Everton U18s v Blackburn Rovers U18s
Everton Under-18s recorded back-to-back wins with a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday morning.
Kevin Sheedy's young guns secured a well deserved victory at Finch Farm thanks to goals from Harry Charsley, Callum Connolly and Jordan Thorniley.
Rovers striker Luke Wall equalised for the visitors, but Everton hit back in determined fashion to register all three points.
After a confident start, Everton broke the deadlock on 18 minutes through midfielder Charsley.
An exquisite reverse pass from striker Delial Brewster found Tyrone Duffus 10-yards out. Duffus' side-footed effort was palmed onto the inside of the post by goalkeeper David Raya.
A brief moment of confusion as to whether or not the ball had crossed the line was soon cleared up by Charsley who made no mistake from two-yards to give the home side the lead.
Despite finding prolonged spells of possession difficult to come by, the visitors became increasingly dangerous on the counter attack.
They came closest to a first half equaliser when a clever interception from Modou Chum set up Wall 20-yards out. His left footed strike sailed inches past Russell Griffiths' far post.
At the other end, good build-up play in the Blues' midfield released Duffus down the left flank. His cross found Calum Dyson at the far post, who could only divert his header just over the crossbar under pressure from the Blackburn defence.
Blackburn did manage to notch an equaliser after 55 minutes courtesy of a composed finish from Wall.
A powerful run and centre from winger Chum sent Wall through, and the youngster made no mistake in slotting the ball under Griffiths in the Everton goal to make it 1-1.
But, it was to be Everton's day as the Blues regained their lead on 72 minutes in somewhat fortuitous circumstances.
Substitute Callum Connolly's 25-yard strike was heavily deflected by Rovers defender Liam Langford, which wrong footed goalkeeper Raya and put Sheedy's young charges back in front.
The victory was sealed nine minutes from time when Jordan Thorniley thumped home an in-swinging free-kick to make it 3-1.
Liam Walsh delivered a dangerous looking cross into the six-yard box and defender Thorniley was on hand to slot home after a scramble in the penalty area.