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Newcastle U18s 2-5 Everton U18s

Everton Under-18s came from 2-0 down to win 5-2 at Newcastle United on Saturday.

The young Blues headed to Tyneside fresh from booking their place in the Youth Cup quarter-finals and produced another sterling performance to seal all three points.

And they did it the hard way after finding themselves with a two-goal defecit after just 23 minutes.

But Kevin Sheedy's side did not panic and they forced a goal of their own five minutes before the interval.

Kieran Dowell's corner was headed down by Calum Dyson and midfielder Tom Davies was there to pounce from close range.

The Blues began the second half with similar control and started to take control of the game on the hour-mark.

Substitute Arlen Birch produced a wonderstrike with one of his very first touches in the game, lashing a 25-yard shot across the Magpies' goalkeeper and in off the post.

Birch would get on the scoresheet again less than six minutes later after finding himself well placed to convert a cross and make it 3-2.

A second corner proved fruitful on 75 minutes when Callum Connolly headed home.

And as injury time neared, there was still enough on the clock for skipper Gethin Jones to run the length of the field and centre for Delial Brewster to add gloss to the result.

Speaking to evertonfc.com after the game, boss Sheedy said: "We're really pleased with how the players committed themselves.

"Even when we were 2-0 down, I wasn't overly concerned because we were in control.

"We continued to pass the ball around well and the lads' work-rate was excellent.

"I'm really pleased with performances of the players coming into the group. We want a strong squad to select from and they're all working hard to be involved.

It was announced earlier this week that Duncan Ferguson was to leave his post as assistant manager for the Under-18s to join the first-team coaching staff.

And in praising his youngsters for adjusting to the change, Sheedy wished Ferguson well in his new role.

He added: "Duncan hasn't been with us for the last two games, which is a shame in the sense that the lads produced two really good wins.

"It may have been difficult for the players getting used to not working with him, but they've been great. 

"We all wish Duncan the very best of luck."

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