Everton return to Under-18 Premier League (North) action on Saturday against Derby County following their thrilling FA Youth Cup triumph at Manchester City. Ahead of the game we caught up with Luke Butterfield, who struck the young Blues' late, late winner at City Academy Stadium...
FA Youth Cup match-winner Luke Butterfield has described his emotions after his sensational 98th-minute strike at Manchester City – and dedicated the young Blues’ dramatic 1-0 victory to injured teammate Tyler Onyango.
Everton delivered a collective team performance rich in spirit, resilience and quality to knock out cup holders City and book a last-16 clash at Chelsea.
Scotland youth international Butterfield showcased immaculate technique for his last-minute winner. The 17-year-old connected sweetly with a first-time, 20-yard drive to find the bottom corner of the City goal – and send his teammates and the Toffees staff into raptures.
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“It was an unforgettable moment,” Butterfield told evertontv.
“I must’ve watched it back at least 100 times! I was zooming in every time and at every angle!
“It was a proud moment for myself and my family. There were lots of friends getting in touch with me after it and I was just speechless, to be honest.
“We went into the game with no pressure. We had that feeling of, ‘We can do it – we have the capability to win this game’.
“The lads were incredible, every single one of them, from the goalkeeper to the forwards.
“Every single player put a shift in. We had a game plan, we followed it out and it worked perfectly.”
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MOMENT EVERTON U18s STUNNED MAN CITY WITH 98th-MINUTE WINNER
Everton’s stunning cup success was tempered by a serious injury to skipper Onyango.
The 17-year-old, who made his First-Team debut in January, was taken off on a stretcher 11 minutes from time at City Academy Stadium.
It was revealed on Sunday the 17-year-old sustained a significant ankle fracture and ligament injury.
“It was heartbreaking,” Butterfield added.
“Especially not knowing what actually happened [with Onyango’s injury] at the time.
“After the game, we all went to see him to celebrate with him. We all did it for him.
“I know Tyler very well. It’s just a bump in the road for him and he’ll get back to the level he was at. There’s no doubting that.”