Kilmarnock v Everton Under-21s
Everton’s Under-21s completed their mini-tour north of the border with a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock.
Due to a break in the fixtures, the Toffees’ second string have been up in Scotland for a training camp and drew 2-2 with St Mirren on Monday.
This time, John Lundstram, Chris Long and Jonjoe Kenny were all on target as the Blues overcame their Scottish opponents in the second - and final - game of their week away.
It was the visitors that started the brighter, Hallam Hope sending an early volley straight at the keeper then a second narrowly over the bar in the opening minutes.
But Everton fell behind to two quick fire goals from their hosts. Kilmarnock had already netted from close range before they added a second.
Clearing their lines from a corner, they raced up the other end and made it 2-0 with a neat finish past Russell Griffiths.
Within 60 seconds though, the Blues had hauled themselves back into it. When a corner fell to the feet of Lundstram, he made no mistake from close range, stabbing the ball over the line.
Tyias Browning then arrowed in a drive from range that drew a fine save from the home keeper before Griffiths followed suit with a sprawling stop to keep Kilmarnock from extending their lead.
A flurry of chances saw Hope’s shot saved, Browning’s header also palmed away and Everton strike a post as the teams went in at 2-1.
After the break, a much improved Everton soon drew level. Hope had already fizzed over from range before he guided a header wide following a fine cross from substitute Matthew Kennedy.
Hope was then sent sprawling when he burst into the box and the referee handed the Toffees the chance to level matters from the spot. The decision caused some consternation from coach Alan Stubbs as Long had already fired in the loose ball, before the penalty was given.
Stubbs needn’t have worried, as Long fired home from the spot to make it 2-2.
Both sides then pushed for a winner and it was the Blues who snatched it. A ball into the box pinballed about before centre-back Kenny smashed it past the keeper to seal the victory.