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Finch Farm | 14th December 2013 11:00

Everton U18s v Stoke City U18s

Everton Under-18s recorded a 1-0 win at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

The young Blues are vying for top spot in the Under-18 Premier League and kept up their fine form thanks to Courtney Duffus' second-half header.

In truth the slender victory didn't reflect the Blues stranglehold on the game but coach Kevin Sheedy was delighted to take three points.

"We dominated the majority of the game, which was pleasing," he told

"Stoke applied a bit of pressure in the last 10 minutes as they tried to find an equaliser, but we felt in command.

"One disappointment is that we weren't clinical enough. We created numerous opportunities to get a second goal."

The goal arrived in a manner which would have again pleased first team boss Roberto Martinez.

"The goal came from playing it out from the back," explained Sheedy. "Curtis Langton played it to Jordan Thorniley who slipped in Callum Dyson. He produced a good left-wing cross and Courtney Duffus rose well.

"It's something we've been working on on the training pitch, myself and Duncan, so it was nice to see it pay off."

Sheedy's side are also in Finch Farm action next against Sunderland on Tuesday as they aim to maintain their lofty league position.

He added: "That's the challenge - as well as developing them as players, we want them to gain a winning mentality. We've got two more tough games before Christmas and we're in the next round of the Youth Cup so we're looking well."



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