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by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Everton Under-18s face their final fixture of the Durban Under-19 International Tournament when they face South Africa this afternoon.

Having lost to both Santos and Feyenoord in their previous outings, the Blues will play out a dead rubber against the host nation, and coach Kevin Sheedy will use it to give those who have not featured heavily a run out.

However, he insists those that do play will face a tough challenge.

He told “There will be a lot of changes. It will be a chance for the lads who haven’t played many minutes to have a full game. It’s an opportunity to see how they perform.

“We expect a good, quick side in terms of our opponents. I have been to watch them and they move the ball around quickly. They have good pace so it’s going to be a good test for our players all over the pitch.

“But I am looking for us to handle the ball, pass it like we did against Feyenoord, and be in control of the game.”

With Everton’s involvement ending upon the conclusion of today’s match, the game offers one last chance to pick up a victory.

Sheedy added: “It is important to end on a high and we would like to do that. I have been pleased with the performances but there are still plenty of things to work on, particularly in the final third. We need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal and miss the first man with our crosses.

“So there’s plenty of work still to do on the training ground but as I say, I have been pleased with our performances. We passed the ball really well, especially against Feyenoord where we totally dominated the game.

“It was disappointing to get the results we did but I told the players that if we play like that then we will win more games than we lose.”

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