Kevin Sheedy is urging his Under-18 players to make one last push and ensure they end the 2013/14 season with winners’ medals.
The Young Blues face Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday evening in the Under-18 Premier League final.
Everton reached showpiece after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 last weekend, while the Citizens booked their passage through with a 2-1 semi-final win over West Ham United.
And after a demanding campaign which saw the Toffees finish in second place in the regular league season and also reach the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals, Sheedy says the squad owe it to themselves to see the job through.
“We are really looking forward to it and it’s what the players deserve,” Sheedy explained to evertontv. “They have worked really hard.
“Last season we got to the semi-final stage and got beat by Reading so I challenged them this year to go one better, and then one better again by winning it.
“It will be a tough game and I have a lot of respect for Manchester City who are a good side and finished top of our section. But we beat them at Finch Farm and that gives us a mental advantage.
“I’m sure if our players put in the same effort and commitment that they did against a very good Tottenham side then we will give ourselves a very good chance of winning.”
Sheedy will be without Ryan Ledson and Jonjoe Kenny who are both away representing England Under-17s at the European Championships in Malta.
But he will be able to call upon Joe Williams who was this week named as the Under-18s Player of the Season.
Sheedy said that the midfielder was a deserved winner of the accolade.
“He continued: Joe was a regular for the Under-18s last season as a schoolboy and this season mostly he has been with the Under-21s.
“But Joe has got to keep looking over his shoulder, as has Ryan, because we have got quite a few schoolboys coming through. Whilst they both move up, there is the opportunity for others to step in there as well.”
Kick off on Saturday at Goodison Park will be at 5.30pm and entry via the Upper Bullens stand will be free for all Season Ticket holders.
Entry will otherwise be £3 for adults and £1 for concessions and can be paid on the day at the Upper Bullens turnstiles.