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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05



Goodison Park | 17th May 2014 17:30

Everton U18s v Man City U18s

Everton Under-18s were crowned Barclays Under-18 Premier League champions after a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Goodison Park.

In a winner-takes-all final, the end of season play-offs eventually pitted the two top teams in the North division against one another.

And it would be the Toffees who would prevail thanks to Harry Charsley's goal less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Under-18s lift title

Kevin Sheedy's men were indebted to goalkeeper Russell Griffiths for a string of vital saves to keep the Blues in the tie and a clean sheet was just reward for the captain.

Resolute defending in the opening stages allowed the youngsters to come into the game and Courtney Duffus forced a good save from Billy O'Brien midway through the half.

Before that, City had struck the post through Jorge Intima, but it would be the closest anyone would come in the first period.

The Blues were out early ahead and visibly ready for the second 45 minutes, starting the brighter of the two sides.

Sheedy made his first change soon after, introducing winger Michael Donohue who had clinched victory in the semi-final with his goal against Tottenham the previous week.

And it was his pace that helped to create the decisive goal this time around.

Joe Williams played the schoolboy in only to see his shot saved. Williams kept the ball alive by dribbling inside the box before it came loose into the path of Charsley.

A sweet strike left O'Brien flatfooted as the net bulged and the Toffees celebrated en masse.

Harry Charsley scores in the final

The team as a whole played with commitment and desire, with Tom Davies and Callum Connolly putting in tackles against a physical and imposing City side.

Donohue could have doubled the advantage on the hour-mark after collecting Duffus' pass but he hesitated and took the ball wide.

Charsley could have doubled his tally late on when he turned and drove a shot narrowly past the diving goalkeeper and his far post.

The relentless search for a second was steadied by a team effort in nullifying City's waning threat. As such, 1-0 was enough and the celebrations could start.

The teenagers signed off a fine year for the Academy with yet another highlight - the lifting of the league trophy.




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