Everton Under-18s were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at USM Finch Farm today.
Korede Adedoyin had put the Blues ahead inside the opening minute of the second half, but the visitors restored parity on the hour.
Despite a gripping second half, the match was a somewhat tame affair before the break, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut openings.
Blues boss Paul Tait made a double substitution at the interval, bringing on both Ellis Simms and Adedoyin for Manasse Mampala and Anderson respectively. And the duo made the perfect impact by helping to fire Everton ahead inside 60 seconds.
Simms collected Michael Collins's long ball forward before playing the ball out to Elliot Richards on the right. The full-back then crossed for Adedoyin, whose powerful header found the bottom corner of the net.
The end-to-end pace continued after Man Utd's equalizer with both sides going close to snatching all three points.
In the final moments of the game, Tait's side were denied all three points by the woodwork.
Everton U18s: Hansen, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Kerr (74' Iverson), Mampala (46' Simms), Gordon, Anderson (46' Adedoyin).
Subs not used: Johnson, Scully.
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