A strong wind made for two different halves of football in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League contest at Finch Farm but the players stuck to their task and found the net either side of the break, courtesy of Shayon Harrison and Luke Amos.
The Toffees twice got back on level terms through Nathan Holland and Michael Donohue – the latter scoring just five minutes from time, shortly after the dismissal of Amos and Everton’s Liam Walsh – as the game ended 2-2.
Reflecting on the match, Under-18s Coach Kieran said there were a number of positives to take.
“It was a high-quality game played in very tough conditions,” he said. “We tried to impose ourselves on the game, which was played in a strong wind, and that obviously meant the two halves were quite different.
“In the first half we played with the wind and didn’t quite manage to capitalise on that advantage as well as we could have done.
“We took the lead through a really clean strike by Shayon Harrison and had the momentum in the game, but we conceded through an Everton counter attack.
“Playing against the wind in the second half, I thought the boys put on a really strong performance. We drove forward and had some really good attempts in the game, so it was disappointing for the players not to have been able to finish the game off and get the third goal and it was disappointing not to have kept Everton out at the other end.
“Overall, though, it was a good performance and there were lots of positives to take.”