Everton Under-23s and Manchester United Under-23s played out a goalless draw in the Premier League 2 at Southport on Monday night.
After an opening six minutes that saw Bassala Sambou have three attempts on goal, the first of which was after just 30 seconds, it was a largely uninspiring contest with genuine openings very much at a premium.
Sambou was twice denied by smart saves, while his third early effort cleared the crossbar.
Everton U23s: Hewelt; Markelo, Garbutt, Walsh, Feeney [Y],
Gibson, Bowler (57' Hornby) Adeniran, Sambou (73' Broadhead), Henen, Evans
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Foulds.