Everton U18s v Chelsea U18s
Everton Under-18s secured a hard-fought 3-2 win over Chelsea at Finch Farm on Saturday afternoon.
A George Green brace put the hosts 3-1 ahead following Harry Charsley's opener, before Chelsea goalscorer Fankaty Dabo was shown a straight red card. Kasey Palmer's penalty proved to be mere consolation as the Blues held on.
The win followed a narrow defeat in last week's Merseyside derby, with midfielder Charsley making a good early spell count on 15 minutes when he tapped in from close-range.
Dabo's leveller was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time by Green, who scored with an excellent solo effort.
The forward then scored his second from a free-kick on 55 minutes to put Everton on course for three points.
Coach Kevin Sheedy said: “It was an excellent performance against a very good Chelsea side. We knew we had to play well and we did.
“Throughout the game we had 60 per cent possession and our pass completion rate was in the early nineties which is something we have been working on.
“At 3-1 we were in total control of the game and it looked like we would go on to score more goals.
“The referee decided to award them a penalty and at 3-2 they were back in the game. We lost a little bit of composure and they pumped a few long balls into the box but we defended well to get the win.
“The scorelines flattered them a little because we dominated the game.”