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Two goals in the final quarter of an hour cost the under-23s tonight who were beaten 2-0 by Everton in the Premier League Cup despite turning in a good performance against the Premier League 2 Division 1 side.

We were arguably the better side in the first half in which Ne-Jai Tucker and Owen Dodgson stood out in the wide positions, but we couldn’t get ourselves in front and when Everton came at us stronger in the final quarter of the game that lack of a goal cost us.

Lukas Jensen, back in goal tonight, hadn’t had much to do but was beaten by a Rhys Hughes free kick that went over the wall and into the corner of the net. We went in search of an equaliser with Ben Woods coming the closest only for the goalkeeper to deny him and soon after it was 2-0 when Tom Cannon added the home team’s second.

We did have one golden chance in stoppage time when the referee gave us a soft looking penalty, but the usually reliable ex-Evertonian blazed his spot kick over the bar and outside the ground into Haig Avenue.

The result has seen us drop to second in the four team group but all four teams are now on three points, and we’ve played more games than any of the others.

The teams were;

Everton: Harry Tyler, Kyle John, Reece Welch, Ryan Astley, Elijah Campbell, Tyler Onyango (Stanley Mills), Lewis Warrington, Charlie Whitaker (Rhys Hughes), Isaac Price, Lewis Dobbin, Tom Cannon. Subs not used: Jack Barrett, Joseph Anderson, Luke Butterfield.

Burnley: Lukas Jensen, Finlay Armstrong, Jake Rooney, Jacob Bedeau, Anthony Glennon, Ne-Jai Tucker (Max Thompson 73), Mark Helm, Ben Woods, Owen Dodgson, Michael Mellon, Joe McGlynn (Dara Costelloe 79). Subs not used: Sam Waller, Ethen Vaughan, Harry Williams.

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