Half time: Toffees 0 Newcastle 0
In a rearranged game, United's reserves were beaten by a
single second half goal at Everton's Bellefield training ground on Thursday
A 75th minute shot from Irish winger Alan Kearney gave the Toffees revenge for
our single goal victory at Kingston Park back in September.
Our first chance of the game came on 7 minutes when the lively Alan O'Brien got
to the byline and pulled the ball back for Marc Walton.
However the striker was unable to keep his effort down under pressure from two
defenders and shot over from close range.
And it was Wally again four minutes later who reacted first to Everton keeper
Lake's poor clearance, only to place his hurried shot wide of the goals with the
'keeper scrambling back to his line.
The home side carved out on opportunity after 20 minutes, when full back Wright
began and ended a flowing passing move by shooting just over Ben Smith's
Playing with the wind and down the slope, United applied further pressure on the
half hour, Brittain curling his free kick over the defensive wall after Finnigan
had been brought down by Mark Hughes (not that one) outside the box.
Everton 'keeper Lake reached the effort but was only able to palm it away, the
ball falling to Walton at an acute angle who was only able to send it back
across goal, with nobody able to supply the vital touch.
The home side pressed after the break and young striker Victor Anichebe was
denied twice in quick succession by goal line interventions from Chris Shanks.
Prompted by Brittain, United went straight up the other end and Walton played in
Alan O'Brien, only for the winger to cut in from the left and shoot weakly at
With Everton continuing to press and having the advantage of playing with the
wind and down the slope, United's back line came under increasing pressure -
midfielder Jamie McClen the next to clear off the line from Boyle on the hour.
The goal though came with 15 minutes remaining, Icelandic Vidarrson making
progress down the left flank and pulling the ball back for Keanrey to beat Ben
After that the Magpies had no real chances to get back on level terms and
Everton held out comfortably.