Everton secured another dramatic FA Youth Cup victory on Thursday as a Sean McAllister’s double earned the Toffees a superb 2-1 fifth-round success at Chelsea.
With the scores tied at 1-1 and just three minutes left on the clock, Northern Ireland youth international McAllister fired a shot from 20 yards that squirmed under Chelsea goalkeeper Lucas Bergström and nestled in the net.
Everton progress to the quarter-finals, where they will face West Bromwich Albion.
The win represented another significant scalp for Paul Tait’s Blues – who struck a 98th-minute winner to knock out holders Manchester City in the previous round – with Chelsea having enjoyed significant success in the competition in recent years. The west London side won the Youth Cup for five straight years between 2013 and 2018.
Everton took the lead on 35 minutes when McAllister drilled a precision first-time finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
The Blues had almost taken the lead after just 10 seconds but Lewis Dobbin saw his close-range effort go just wide.
Chelsea mounted pressure in the second half as they hunted a leveller and they got their reward when Joe Haigh nodded in 20 minutes from time.
Substitute Rafael Garcia almost put Everton back in front when he went through one-one-one seconds after his introduction, but he dragged his effort wide.
Livewire forward Garcia then thought he had won his side a penalty when he looked to have been fouled inside the box, only for the referee to instead rule the challenge had been on the edge of the area.
But McAllister’s late strike meant that decision proved academic as he completed a match-winning brace to spark joyous celebrations among his teammates and the Everton staff.