Sheedy's Senior Cup Warning
Bootle semi-final a taste of 'real world football', says coach.
Kevin Sheedy says Everton’s youngsters will get a taste of ‘real world football’ when they take on Bootle for a place in the Liverpool Senior Cup final on Thursday.
Sheedy’s charges booked their place in the final four with a hard-fought 2-1 win over St Helens Town all the way back in November.
They will now travel to New Bucks Park to face the North West Counties League outfit, with the victors set to meet Tranmere Rovers in next week's final at Prenton Park.
Former Blues winger Sheedy is keen for his side to sign off the season with a piece of silverware Everton last won in 2007, but knows Chris O’Brien’s men will ask tough and unfamiliar questions of his players.
“It would be nice to end the season winning something, but we’re not thinking beyond Bootle,” said Sheedy. “I went to see them last week and I’m aware they’re a good side.
“They’re in the real world of football and it’s different to academy football. Not all of our players will go on to play at the top level for our first team, so they’ll need to know the real world game.
“At academy level it can be a bit technical and not as physical, but this will be against hard men.”
Despite their five-year wait for success in the competition, Everton remain the most successful club in its 129-year history having lifted the trophy on 45 occasions, five more than closest rivals Liverpool.
Bootle, winners of the inaugural tournament in 1883, will be hoping to secure their fourth triumph in the competition and first since 1889.
Tickets for the game at New Bucks Park are priced £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. Supporters can pay on the gate. Kick off is at 7.45pm.