Everton Under-18s made it back-to back wins as braces from Anthony Gordon and Fraser Hornby helped them overcome Manchester City 5-3 in a thrilling contest at Finch Farm today.
Manchester City, unbeaten, faced a Blues side fresh from an emphatic 5-1 win over Sunderland in their last outing, who continued where they had left off by taking the lead inside the opening minute. Manasse Mampala latched onto Anthony Gordon's through ball before coolly finishing past City keeper.
Two minutes later and Tait's side were handed a golden opportunity to double their lead when Gordon was tripped inside the City box, but his sot-kick was saved only for to City to equalize with their first chance of the game.... and City went further ahead on 19 mins.
The young Blues weathered the City storm and levelled on the stroke of half-time, with Mampala this time turning provider for Gordon.
The second half was a much more one-sided affair with Paul Tait's side dominating from the first whistle. And on 57 minutes, the young Blues' dominance was rewarded with Gordon collecting his second of the game.
Coach Tait then decided to freshen things up by introducing Fraser Hornby and the forward had an immediate impact by bagging the young Blues' fourth of the game. Gordon ghosted past two City defenders before finding Hornby, who turned his man with ease and fired an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net.
Eight minutes later, and Hornby notched his second by finishing off a fine team move. Denny and Gordon combined before the latter fed Mampala whose low cross was turned home at the back post by Hornby.
City would get one back but it was another five goals for the rampant Young Blues.
Everton U18s: Hilton, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Scully, Mampala (80' Adedoyin), Gordon (87' Corke), Iversen (63' Hornby).
Subs not Used: Johnson, Kerr.
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