Everton Under-18s v Brighton HA Under-18s
Everton Under-18s have booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park.
A second-half brace from George Green secured the win for the youngsters after a dominant performance from Kevin Sheedy’s team.
The young Blues started brightly and looked comfortable in possession; however the game’s first real opportunity fell to the visitors. A tantalising cross from Brighton’s Jordan Maguire-Drew could not quite be converted by Jason Davis at full stretch.
Everton continued to dictate possession and the best moment of the opening period came when intricate play involving Jonjoe Kenny, Joe Williams and Courtney Duffus ended in a chance for Green. However, the midfielder could only crash his effort into the side netting from a narrow angle.
Sheedy’s men started the second half just as brightly, with Brighton’s goalkeeper Christian Walton reacting quickly after a deflection from his own teammate looked destined to put the home side ahead.
The scoring was eventually opened by Green on the hour mark. Cutting in from the left, the 17-year-old drove a fantastic right-footed effort into the bottom corner of the goal from 20-yards out.
Everton thought they had doubled their lead six minutes later after Courtney Duffus bundled in an inviting Green cross. The referee, though, judged the striker to have fouled goalkeeper Walton in the process and duly disallowed his effort.
A second goal was to arrive and it would come courtesy of the penalty spot after 75 minutes. The referee spotted an infringement from an in-swinging Ryan Ledson corner and it was Green again who was to be Brighton’s tormentor.
Man of the match, he stroked the ball home into the bottom left corner to seal the victory and book Everton’s place in the fourth round draw.