A Paul Hopkins penalty gave Everton Under-17s a 1-0 win over
Australian outfit Parramatta Eagles at Netherton on Saturday.
Everton were full value for their win in a competitive and
entertaining encounter against one of Manchester United's
'The Eagles' boast Australia's best young talent and
therefore provided a tough test for Gary Ablett's
In fact, the Blues' starting line-up were a year younger
than their counterparts from 'Down Under,' but they still
came out on top.
Gavin Lynch was felled in the area with ten minutes to go - and
Hopkins made no mistake with the spot-kick.
"The performance was incredibly pleasing," said
Academy Assistant Director Neil Dewsnip.
"All the players contributed to the win, which was a very
good test in terms of our pre-season preparation."