Sheedy's Mini-Derby Delight
Under-18s coach thrilled with the 3-1 win over rivals Liverpool.
Kevin Sheedy said the 3-1 win over Liverpool did not flatter his impressive Everton Under-18s side.
The young Blues comprehensively beat their Merseyside rivals in Tuesday afternoon's mini-derby at Finch Farm.
Strikes from Ryan Ledson and George Green put Everton into a commanding half-time lead.
Liverpool offered more in the second half but Courtney Duffus killed the contest with a bullet-like header in the 54th-minute.
And Sheedy felt his table-topping team thoroughly deserved to win by such a convincing margin.
"It was pleasing to win but it was the manner of the victory which was most satisfying," Sheedy told evertontv. "I thought we totally dominated the first half, scored two good goals and really passed the ball well.
"In the second half, we started a little bit nervously. Sometimes when you are 2-0 up you do start a little on the back foot and we were nervous for the first five minutes.
"But we scored a great goal with a good run from Calum Dyson, an excellent ball into the box and a powerful header at the back post from Courtney Duffus. That made it 3-0 and it was game over really."
Everton were forced to play the majority of the second half with a numerical disadvantage following Joe Williams' red card.
Jerome Sinclair pulled a goal back from the penalty spot eight minutes before the end but by then the outcome was never in doubt.
Sheedy continued: "We were looking forward to the rest of the half but unfortunately we had a player sent off for a mis-timed challenge.
"Joe [Williams] is not a malicious player. It was an over-zealous challenge and the referee has decided to send him off. That gave Liverpool a foothold in the game which they didn’t really deserve, and we had to defend in numbers.
"But I thought the resilience we showed – we got bodies in the way, blocks and tackles – was excellent. A contentious penalty gave them a lift but our players really stuck at it and overall it was a thoroughly deserved victory and one we are pleased with."