Everton U18s v Bury U18s
Everton Under-18s began their pre-season schedule with a 6-1 win over Bury on Tuesday afternoon.
Fresh after returning from six days of training in Austria, the young Blues welcomed the Shakers to Finch Farm for the first friendly of the summer.
And goals from Calum Dyson, Nathan Holland, Charley Edge and George Newell, as well as a brace from Delial Brewster made it a convincing run-out.
Kevin Sheedy's side went ahead midway through the first half when Steven Kinsella ran into the box only to be brought down. Striker Dyson netted the resulting spot-kick.
In the second half, Holland bundled home from close range after good work by Dyson before substitute Edge fired in from the edge of the area soon after the hour-mark.
Forwards Brewster and Newell also emerged from the bench to add their names to the scoresheet, while Bury's late goal was mere consolation.
After the game, Sheedy told evertonfc.com: "It was a good workout. Some of the players played for an hour, others for half an hour. We've got another game on Thursday so we'll flip the side round.
"It's our third week back and we've got no injuries which is really good. The players are stepping up their fitness levels and now have the first game under their belts. There's things we need to work on but I was pleased with their attitude and how we passed the ball. To score six goals was good as well.
"We mentioned to the players that there would be competition for places - everyone starts from scratch and needs to fight for their place to get in the team and they then need to stay in there. It's a real healthy environment we've got, they've worked really hard in training and it showed in the game."