Everton's Academy began their participation in the new U21s Premier League International Cup tournament with a 1-1 draw with Celtic this evening thanks to Courtney Duffus's late equaliser.
Arouna Kone played the first 45 minutes for the Blues but they fell behind to Filip Twardzik's goal after 27 minutes.
Everton pressed for an equaliser in the second half, with Duffus and Conor McAleny returning to action after a loan spell and injury respectively and it was the former who converted Gethin Jones's cross with 10 minutes to go.
McAleny (65' Henen);
Long (65' Duffus),
Kone (45' Dowell).
Subs Not Used: Hewelt, Connolly
The four-group tournament, which kicked off last month when West Ham faced Athletic Bilbao at Upton Park, also features Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Manchester City, Norwich City, and Sunderland as the other English participants.
They are joined by Athletic Bilbao, Benfica, Borussia Monchengladbach, Glasgow Celtic, Schalke 04, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, and Villarreal as the eight foreign teams in the competition.
The group matches will be staged until 31 January 2015 with the winners and runners-up from each group progressing to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, all to be played as single-leg ties. All games will be taking place in England.
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1 Posted 25/11/2014 at 16:26:33
2 Posted 25/11/2014 at 16:32:47
Given the points raised on the other thread about the dearth of young talent coming through and them not getting enough games, it's a pity this is coming so close to the Wolfsburg fixture. I doubt that many of the youngsters will be involved in both matches although sitting on the bench is an option, I guess.
They've tried numerous fixes over the years to up the standard of the second tier... let's hope this one has a beneficial influence.
3 Posted 25/11/2014 at 16:59:03
5 Posted 25/11/2014 at 18:30:32
6 Posted 25/11/2014 at 18:34:22
7 Posted 25/11/2014 at 18:48:47
8 Posted 25/11/2014 at 19:46:33
9 Posted 25/11/2014 at 20:21:52
10 Posted 25/11/2014 at 20:43:19
Anyone got any updates on the match itself?
12 Posted 26/11/2014 at 00:05:01
13 Posted 26/11/2014 at 00:28:49
14 Posted 26/11/2014 at 01:35:04
15 Posted 26/11/2014 at 01:52:31
16 Posted 26/11/2014 at 02:01:24
Nonetheless, great news and I hope it goes well for the lad this time.
17 Posted 26/11/2014 at 10:24:12
16 Also agree too soon to be getting excited, hopefully the start towards building fitness towards first team.
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