Everton Under-18s fell to a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon at Finch Farm.
Law McCabe scored the game's only goal, finishing with a booming shot in the 77th minute.
Young Blues' Head Coach Leighton Baines made three changes to the side that started in a 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest last week, with Douglas Lukjanciks, Rocco Lambert and Harvey Foster coming into to the starting line-up.
It was a fantastic start for Everton as forward Coby Ebere caught onto a loose pass from the visitors and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper, but it went wide of the post.
A mere two minutes later, Harrison Armstrong played a through ball to Ebere, who was one on one with the goalkeeper. He took a shot but it just went wide.
Middlesbrough didn’t take the tough start to heart as Noah Muwana took charge and ran down the right flank at pace. It was just Lukjanciks between him and the goal, but the shot-stopper was able to quickly get down and make a smart save.
Boro had another chance to go in a goal up as McCabe stole the ball off the Blues and passed to Finley O’Gorman, who nearly put it away, but it was the goalkeeper to the rescue again as Lukjanciks cleverly denied the opportunity.
The teams went into half time at 0-0, and it was the away side who started the second half on top, as Middlesbrough’s Charlie Lennon had a chance to take the pressure off. He ran a third of the length of the pitch, but his shot was saved.
It was fairly quiet for the next 15 minutes as both sides were defensively sound and kept their respective shapes.
Armstrong tried to get the chances flowing as he won a free-kick for the home side. Foster took charge of the chance, and it landed at captain Jack Patterson’s feet, however Fisher was aware of what Everton were trying to do and made a comfortable save.
The away side then broke the deadlock when Charlie Lennon’s corner kick, in the 77th minute, fell to McCabe inside the box, and he powerfully put it in the back of the net.
By Ella Percy