Last-Gasp Butterfield Strike Earns Everton Sensational Youth Cup Victory

Luke Butterfield struck a brilliant 98th-minute winner as Everton knocked holders Manchester City out of the FA Youth Cup on an afternoon of high drama.

The substitute – who was introduced on 78 minutes after Tyler Onyango was stretchered off – drilled an effort into the bottom corner deep into stoppage time to spark wild celebrations at City’s Academy stadium.

The goal was just reward for a spirited and determined effort from the young Blues, who progress to face Chelsea in the fifth round.

City had the first chance of the afternoon when James McAtee dragged a shot fractions wide from the edge of the area.

Everton’s first meaningful effort on goal came just moments later when Issac Price’s floated cross was met by Onyango – the midfielder directed his header on target but City keeper Mikki van Sas made a regulation save.

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01:04 Sat 03 Apr 2021


Luke Butterfield's late, late, strike sends Everton through to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a win over the holders.

City were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, however, and Zan-Luk Leban was forced into action when Oscar Bobb worked space for a shot on the right channel – the Slovenian made a fine one-handed stop.

McAtee threatened again soon after when he burst onto Liam Delap’s through pass. Leban was alert and raced off his line to close the angle and make the save.

Everton looked a danger on the counter and almost broke the deadlock minutes before half-time. Skilful forward Charlie Whitaker carried the ball forward at speed before sending a well-struck effort just wide of the post from 20 yards.

City threatened 10 minutes after the half-time interval when defender Callum Doyle’s long-range attempt was athletically tipped over the bar by Leban.

The home side had the ball in the net from the resulting corner but Delap was adjudged to have used his hand before slotting past the Everton goalkeeper, and the strike was chalked off.

City were beginning to exert consistent pressure at this point and Leban made another important intervention when he kept out McAtee’s shot from inside the area.  

Everton saw appeals for a penalty waved away just after the hour-mark when Tom Cannon went over in the area.

Back came City and Leban made a terrific double save from Alex Robertson and Samuel Edozie. The Toffees were then indebted to centre-back Eli Campbell, who did superbly to block Liam Delap’s close-range effort.

Everton were dealt a significant blow 12 minutes from time when the influential Onyango was forced off. Onyango was dribbling forward at pace when he was caught by Robertson. After a lengthy break in play while the Everton man received treatment, the midfielder was taken off on a stretcher.

The extended hiatus caused by Onyango’s injury meant seven minutes of stoppage time wree added.

And all of those seven minutes had elapsed when Butterfield took aim from 20 yards.

He caught hold of his strike perfectly, his powerful effort finding bottom corner and leaving City stopper van Sas grasping at thin air – and seeing Everton through to the next round in the most thrilling circumstances.