Half time: Toffees 0 Magpies 0
59 mins Feeney header. 0-1
Full time: Toffees 1 Magpies 0
U23 side failed in their bid to lift the Premier League Cup on Wednesday night,
losing narrowly to Everton at Goodison Park.
Having already clinched the Premier League 2 Division One title, the Toffees
completed a domestic double thanks to a 59th minute goal from their captain,
The hosts didn't have it all their own way in the opening stages and Second
Division United won several corners - one of them causing an almighty scramble
in the box on 12 minutes, before 'keeper Joao Virginia pounced on it.
Visiting custodian Nathan Harker was called into action midway through the
opening half, diving to smother a low effort following a mazy run from Josh
Bowler then made progress down the Everton right and his cross dropped over
Harker towards the near post, home striker Fraser Hornby thankfully also missing
As half time came into sight, Harker became busier, making a double stop before
a linesman's flag brought play back and seeing Hornby blast one just over.
Two minutes before the interval, Bowler's cross from the right found Hornby, but
he somehow got under the ball from six yards and spooned it into the Park End.
The inevitable home onslaught followed the restart and after striking the
woodwork, Everton were denied by Owen Bailey's header from within his own six
That was only a temporary respite though and Everton went ahead just in the 59th
minute, when Antony Evans swept a free kick into the box and Feeney headed in.
Ben Dawson's side had fallen behind in their last game to a goal scored by the
same method at an identical point in the second half, but a repeat of their
stirring revival and penalty shootout victory over Reading never really looked
likely on the blue side of Stanley Park.
Having brought on top scorer Elias Sorensen after half time, United introduced
Yannick Toure and Rosaire Longelo as they attempted to force a leveller -
although clear-cut chances eluded them.
Newcastle did win a free kick in a dangerous position outside the area in the
dying moments, but Callum Roberts was unable to keep his shot down and with it
went the chance of silverware.
Among the celebrating Everton players was former Newcastle defender Lewis
Gibson, while elder sibling Liam had to be content with a runner's-up medal.