Everton Under-23s drew with their Manchester United counterparts on Saturday in the final game of their pre-season preparations.
The game at Man Utd's former first-team training ground, The Cliff, was a friendly in name only, with both sides fiercely competitive throughout the 90 minutes.
After an even first half in which a blocked effort from Reds winger Josh Bohui was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock, Everton took control in the second period.
Matty Foulds came within inches of giving the young Blues the lead just after the hour mark, heading just wide from Nathan Broadhead's fizzing, whipped free-kick delivery.
Harry Charsley was next to threaten, firing just over after excellent link-up play from Bassala Sambou.
The closest the Toffees came to grabbing a winner came 14 minutes from time, however, when Antony Evans was played in by Shayne Lavery and forced a terrific, full-stretch stop from the United 'keeper low down to his right-hand side.Everton U23s: Hilton, Denny, Browning, Foulds, Galloway, Evans, Markelo (60' Gordon), Williams (46' Adeniran), Broadhead, Sambou (75' Lavery), Hornby (46' Charsley)