Doncaster Rovers U23s 3 - 3 Everton U23s
Everton U23s had to battle back from a 3-1 deficit in what would become a 6-goal 'thriller' at Doncaster Rovers in their latest Premier League Cup clash.
The U23s remain unbeaten at the top of Premier League Cup Group B after securing a 3-3 draw at Keepmoat Stadium courtesy of efforts from Nathan Broadhead, Matthew Foulds and Fraser Hornby.
The young Blues created a couple of early opportunities from wide positions, but it was the hosts who took the lead in the 10th minute. The Everton defence failed to clear the ball inside the area and Kieran Sadlier took full advantage by lashing it into an unguarded net.
The visitors drew level just three minutes later, though, with a fine goal. A great through ball from Hornby was collected by Broadhead and he kept his composure to lift it over the advancing keeper.
Doncaster restored their advantage on 25 minutes when Alfie May found space on the right of the area and slipped a nice finish past Joao Virginia.
The third Rovers goal came when Morgan Feeney and Ryan Astley went for the same ball and, after getting in each other's way, Myron Gibbons had the simplest of tasks to steer home past Virginia.
Foulds, making his return from injury as a second-half substitute, scrambled Everton back into the game from close-range on the hour. And the equaliser came around 10 minutes later when Sambou showed great determination inside the box to tee up Hornby for a simple finish.
Between those goals, David Unsworth was sent to the stands. The Blues boss felt the need to protest at the referee's repeated, and inexplicable, habit of not playing advantage following infringements, and he was ordered off.
The result leaves Everton top of Group B with 10 points after four games, with home matches against Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United to come next month.
Everton U23s: Virginia, Evans, Gibson, Astley, Ouzounidis (46' Foulds), Feeney (c), Charsley (58' Markelo), Adineran, Hornby, Sambou (79' Gordon), Broadhead.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.
The next U23s game is in Premier League 2 at Swansea City on Monday 4 February, kick-off at 19:00
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