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Goodison Park | 21st October 2013 19:00 | Attendance - 6,004

Everton U21s v Man United U21s

Everton struck the woodwork twice but couldn't find a winning goal against Manchester United.

The Blues had made the fixture free for all fans to attend and the club were rewarded for their generosity by the efforts of 6,004 supporters who came to support their team.

And had efforts from either Chris Long or Hallam Hope crept inside the woodwork rather than smacking against it, Alan Stubbs' men would have prevailed.

United included Brazilian internationals Anderson and Fabio in their starting XI but the young Blues went to-to-toe with their opponents.

Visiting striker Will Keane tested Mason Springthorpe early on but Everton were unfazed and pushed forward, enjoying particular joy down the right flank, with Hope and Ben McLaughin delivering a succession of testing deliveries.

Larnell Cole and the bustling Hope exchanged snapshots from distance before Tony Hibbert's header from the corner brought the loudest cheer of the night so far.

Tom Lawrence missed a sitter for United and then Hibbert was back in more familiar territory to deny Anderson with a brave block midway through the half.

Keane and Cole sent further efforts narrowly off target before Springthopre's slack pass gifted the busy United frontman another chance which he fired into the side netting.

The Everton custodian was much sharper moments later as he plunged to his left to prevent the same player opening the scoring.

Hope went close to breaking the deadlock just before the break when he latched on to a clever through-ball and drilled in a low effort which required a strong left wrist from Amos to repel.

But Springthorpe was again in action at the other end to save Cole's long distance drive.

In the second half Matt Kennedy tested Amos after Conor Grant's good run.

Long curled a cheeky free kick under the wall and into the keeper's grasp on the hour mark. The ambitious Everton striker then tried a 35 yard volley which flew over the bar.

In the 70th minute Joe Williams volleyed just wide for Everton and moments later the Blues were denied by a brilliant Amos save.

Hope capitalised on Guilermo Varela's slip and thundered a low effort goal wards only for the keeper to thrust out his left boot and divert the ball on to the post.

Keane kept Springthorpe alert at the other end but it was Everton who looked the likelier scorers.

Long showed huge desire to rob Michael Keane, with the forward then turning towards goal and arrowing a drive off the post.

Hope and Grant had late chances but the Blues had to settle for a point as they extended their unbeaten run to five games.



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