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Training ground | 17th August 2013 11:00

Southampton U18s 1-2 Everton U18s

A last-minute goal from Joe Williams handed Everton’s Under-18s a deserved win at Southampton.

The young Blues had gone ahead through Ryan Ledson but conceded straight from the kick-off at the start of the second half.

But, having weathered a period of pressure from the hosts, Williams popped up to snatch it late on.

The pick of the goals though was Ledson’s. Taking aim from 25 yards, the youngster drove a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.

That gave the Blues the initiative in a half they had controlled from the early exchanges.

However they were guilty of squandering a couple of good chances to extend the lead, and were punished immediately inside 30 seconds of the second half.

That equaliser galvanised Saints who began to grow into the contest, but were thwarted at every turn by Russell Griffiths, with the Toffees’ keeper making a number of eye-catching saves. The Blues then had the ball in the net but had the goal chalked off.

But Griffiths’ contribution would prove decisive as, with seconds remaining, George Green swung over a free-kick, Williams evaded his man and was on hand to snatch all three points for Everton.

The result left coach Kevin Sheedy pleased that his side had earned the rewards their play had merited. “It was no more than they deserved,” he commented.

“We started well, passed the ball with quality but wasted a couple of chances. We got into some good crossing opportunities but weren’t at our best in the delivery at times.

“However, we got ourselves in front with a great goal from Ryan and took control. We could have added another but Saints got the equalizer directly from the kick-off.  That gave them momentum.

“But we got ourselves back into it and had a perfectly good goal disallowed. However Joe has come up with a winner in the last minute and we deserved that.”

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