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Southport 2 - 1 Everton XI

by | 19/07/2014  Comments (2)  jump

An Everton XI made up of players from the Under-21 squad, plus a raft of subs played at Southport today.

The starting line-up included new arrival Sam Byrne, and a number of the up-and-coming youngsters looking to impress Roberto Martinez.

The Blues made six changes for the second half, including George Green coming on, with Sam Byrne coming off.

Everton equalized when a long ball from Liam Walsh was collected by (Courtney?) Duffus who poked it through the Southport keeper's legs

Southport regained the lead when Richard Brodie powered a header past Hewelt and into the net in the 60th minute.

After going behind a second time, the young Blues showed plenty of spirit as they attempted to restore parity. Joe Williams fired over from 25 yards on 65 minutes and the lively George Green had three attempts, each of which was off target.

And at the other end, just before the final whistle, Hewelt made an excellent diving save to push away another good header from Brodie.

Everton XI Hewelt; McLaughlin, Jones (46' Connolly), Pennington (46' Langton), Kenny; Ledson (46' Walsh), Williams, Grant; Dowell (46' Green), Hope (46' C Duffus), Byrne (46' Dyson).

Substitutes: Burgess, Davies  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 19/07/2014 at 17:50:16
Sounds promising.
Ron Sear
2 Posted 22/07/2014 at 13:32:23
Despite losing, on the whole they didn't look too bad. The first ten minutes they retained possession well and were fairly aggressive. Duffus's goal was a good one and he definitely displayed a bit of talent which Southport responded to by marking him very closely. More than a few promising players who need developing and training to make their attempts on goal a little more thoughtful and less hurried, but they made me feel quite optimistic.

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