A 70th minute strike from Robert Booth gave Everton's
Under-19 side a 1-0 win over Rochdale at Netherton on Monday.
A good crowd turned up at the Blues' Academy to witness an
extremely one-sided encounter, which was dominated by Alan
Harper's side from the beginning.
Everton enjoyed the lion's share of the possession in the
first half and created some excellent opportunities.
Craig Garside fired an angled shot inches wide of the post after
some excellent link-up play involving Jay Potter and Robert Booth.
Anthony Barry saw his powerful 25-yard effort saved by James
Mann and minutes later the Rochdale 'keeper was called into
action again, to deny Garside in spectacular fashion.
It seemed a question of 'when' rather than 'if'
the Blues scored, but as time wore on frustrations grew.
Play was camped in the Rochdale half for the majority of the
second half, but Harper and his coaching staff looked on nervously
as chance after chance went begging.
However, with 20 minutes to go, Everton scored the only goal of
The Rochdale defence failed to deal with a corner from the left
hand side and Booth was on hand to side-foot the ball home from six
Booth should have put the Blues 2-0 ahead ten minutes from time
when he fired over from close range following Sean Wright's