Under-21s Fall To City Defeat

Paul Tait's Everton Under-21s suffered defeat on Saturday as they were condemned to a 5-0 loss to Manchester City.

It was a difficult afternoon against the Premier League 2 leaders who applied pressure on the visitors from minute one.

The Blue youngsters held their own for much of the first half but City found their breakthrough on the stroke of half time.

The ball fell to Dire Mebude who struck past Zan-Luk Leban to put the hosts ahead.

Everton looked to apply a physical edge at the beginning of the second 45 and break the resilience of the Citizens defence.

However, a stroke of misfortune saw Elijah Campbell's final touch arrive into his own net on 58 minutes.

City had a third four minutes later as Carlos Borges' volley went into the Everton net.

A fourth followed on 65 minutes. Will Dickson the scorer.

The league leaders' final goal of the afternoon came in stoppage time as Josh Adam slotted home.

The Under-21s return to action on Thursday night (7pm GMT) when they host PSV Eindhoven at Goodison Park in the Premier League International Cup.