A late flurry of goals helped Everton Under-18s come from behind to beat Leeds United 4-2 at Finch Farm on Saturday morning.
Conor Douglas opened the scoring for the away side after just 25 minutes before Luca Ty Thomas extended the lead early in the second half. Martin Sheriff pulled a goal back with a little over 20 minutes remaining.
The forward then struck again ten minutes later to draw the game level. The Blues completed the turnaround in the 80th minute when Jack Butler slotted past Darryl Ombang. The points were then sealed by Jacob Beaumont-Clark in stoppage time.
Speaking to evertonfc.com following the contest, assistant manager Kieran Driscoll said: “We didn’t perform well with or without the ball initially. Leeds were a young team who brought a lot more intensity.
“They got the game’s first goal and then doubled the lead in the second half. That seemed to spark our lads into life. We pulled one back through Martin and then scored again not long after.
“The momentum was with us then and once we drew level; you could see the Leeds lads lot belief. We applied a bit more pressure and got the winning goals.
“Overall, it wasn’t the best first half but a much better second half and a good win.”
The win moved Everton up to sixth in the Premier League U18 table, one point behind Nottingham Forest in fifth but with two games in hand.