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Merseyrail Community Stadium | 19th July 2014 15:00

Southport v Everton U21s

Everton's Under-21s got their pre-season campaign underway with a narrow 2-1 defeat at Southport.

After a week of training in Austria and a few days of intense work back at Finch Farm, David Unsworth's youngsters were keen to sample some match action.

And Everton had the first goalscoring chance when Kieran Dowell crossed low from the left and Sam Byrne was dined a debut goal by Southport keeper Danny Lloyd-Weston.

The conference outfit then took the lead in the 19th minute when trialist Ritchie Baker thumped a fine shot past Mateusz Hewelt and in to the net.

Southport almost doubled the advantage shortly after when Hewelt spilled a long range shot from Logan but then recovered well to make a fine save from the follow up effort.

Unsworth made six changes at half time and two new men combined for the equaliser just six minutes into the second period.

Liam Walsh played a long ball forward and Courtney Duffus seized upon it and poked home through the keeper’s legs.

But Southport regained the lead on the hour mark when Richard Brodie powered a header past Hewelt and into the net.

After going behind a second time, the young Blues showed plenty of spirit as they attempted to restore parity.

Joe Williams fired over from 25 yards on 65 minutes and the lively George Green had three attempts, each of which was off target.

And at the other end, just before the final whistle, Hewelt made an excellent diving save to push away another good header from Brodie.

David Unsworth’s Under-21s are back in action at Wrexham on Wednesday evening.

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