Everton Under-18s v West Ham United Under-18s
Everton continued their pursuit of the Under-18s Premier League North Group title with a 2-1 home win over West Ham United on Saturday lunchtime.
Delial Brewster opened the scoring for Kevin Sheedy’s scholars on 20 minutes after good build-up play involving Oliver Shannon.
The hosts drew back level shortly before the interval with strike from an acute angle by Jerry Amoo which deflected past Russell Griffiths.
The Blues keeper then made an excellent penalty save shortly after the restart to keep the scores level, denying Kieran Bywater after Jake Adelson had committed a foul on Marcio Martins inside the area.
It proved a decisive moment in the contest as Everton won the game 20 minutes before full-time.
Harry Charsley chased down the West Ham keeper’s clearance, with the ball rebounding off the midfielder and into the net.
The young Blues came close to making it three late on but Calum Dyson’s goalbound effort was acrobatically tipped onto the post by the Hammers’ stopper.
Everton Under-18s have now won seven of their last eight league fixtures and coach Sheedy was understandably delighted with another positive result that keeps his team in contention at the summit of the league.
He told evertonfc.com: “We are on course to qualify for the semi-finals after another good performance. Our players are taking their opportunity and as a group we are showing that we are motivated to finish the season strongly.”