Chris Long opened the scoring for David Unsworth's side after 12 minutes when he converted from Sam Byrne's pass.
The former Manchester United academy striker then turned scorer to double the lead with 26 minutes gone as he was released by an excellent Ryan Ledson ball.
Jonjoe Kenny then made it three just before half time from another Ledson pass.
Ward pulled back a late consolation for the visitors as reward for their pressure in the second half.
Everton: Hewelt, Kenny (Charsley 81'), Robinson, Browning, Connolly, Jones, Ledson (Walsh 63'), Williams, Byrne, Long, Dowell (Evans 67')
Subs: Hunt, Langton
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1 Posted 18/05/2015 at 20:19:00
2 Posted 18/05/2015 at 23:06:08
3 Posted 19/05/2015 at 02:31:32
So tell me: do we have a future with this crop of players. I think itÂs been refreshing to see how well Southampton done this season. It would be nice to think that Everton can emulate them.
4 Posted 19/05/2015 at 07:15:15
5 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:58:37
Easier said than done these days with the pressure to make sure you stay in the premier league.....and then thereÂs us fans all too ready to have a go at the players, manager and club on a regular basis if things are not going well....worked for Man Utd all those years ago!
Loaning them out to lower league clubs is good but it would be good to see them progress together as a team or group as opposed to going out individually etc
6 Posted 19/05/2015 at 13:57:34
There is a big difference though from making a first team appearance to becoming an active squad member. If Roberto is talking about four being involved pre season thatÂs a tidy figure, but no guarantee any will be squad members. Certainly Galloway, Long, Ledson, Kenny from this years U21 look highly promising. Maybe Pennington too, plus Browning. Would love to see Long out on loan again and do a "Harry Kane" for us when he returns.
7 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:17:36
I think it is being mentally tough as well as being physically tough, even more so these days, and the rewards are well worth the sacrifice and dedication, I hope IÂm wrong but something seems to be missing from Barkley's outlook.
8 Posted 19/05/2015 at 19:05:49
Talk about pressure.
We expect every young lad to come in and be the scouse Xavi, the new Rooney, the blue Gerrard etc. Then, when an above average kid comes through, plays a couple of decent games we praise them as such. Then they drop in form, fall to a normal level and we call them shit, get rid, overhyped, over rates, bug time charlie etc.
Why not just let them come through, play, and if they play well say Âgood game lad, well doneÂ and take it from there.
What if Long turns out to be another reasonable, solid, squad player that we desperately lack. A 10-goal-a-season striker. Would that be so awful?
IÂm sure Rodwell would have benefitted from less hype, and Barkley also, plus a whole host of others
9 Posted 20/05/2015 at 01:58:25
The greed by all involved from top to bottom in football just mirrors life.
The marketing guruÂs have the masses sussed, and easily manipulate the deluded.
It would take a massive stroke of luck for Everton to be become successful on a regular basis.
10 Posted 20/05/2015 at 09:10:24
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