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Blues Begin Milk Cup Campaign

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Everton coach Sean Lundon was pleased with his young Everton side as they kicked off their Milk Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough.

The Blues are in Northern Ireland competing in the junior section of the prestigious youth competition, which is for boys born in 1999 or later.

With a point already on the board, the young Toffees can now look forward to a contest against Brazilian giants Corinthians on Tuesday, before completing their group fixtures against County Fermanagh on Wednesday. 

"We've bought a young group of lads out here this year and we're pleased with that start," said Lundon. "We started really well and scored a good goal early on. We then conceded an equaliser but took the lead again when one of our players ran through from nearly his own half and produced a really good finish.

"We couldn't quite hold on and conceded again right at the end but, as I say, they're a young group - so much so most of them will be able to come back again next year.

"We've now got Corinthians and we watched them yesterday and they're a very strong side. But it's a great experience for these lads.

"The whole competition is great for us because it allows us to come over here for a week, play a game every day and give the lads a taste of what it's like to go away as a senior player. They need to eat the right things, rest properly and prepare for different types of opposition.

"We also get to know a little bit more about the lads and they get to know us a little better as well."

Check out on Wednesday to see how our youngsters fare against Corinthians.

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