After a bright opening, Everton took the lead through Calum Dyson who fired home from long ranger in the 23rd minute.
Then, in the second half, substitute Conor McAleny doubled the lead with a header 12 minutes from time.
It's the first time the club's second string have played in the revamped EFL Tropy, formerly the Johnstone Paint Trophy, but international commitments forced the Blues to field a younger side than was planned after they failed in their attempts to have the match rescheduled.
“We've got 10 of the lads away on international duty and six others looking as though they'll miss out through injury,” Unsworth explained ahead of the match.
“We're really disappointed that so many of our eligible players will miss the opportunity to play in the game because it's a competition that we're all really excited about entering this season. It's not ideal and we did speak to the EFL to explain the situation and explore the possibility of rescheduling the fixture. That wasn't possible and we understand the League's position."
Everton: Hewelt, Foulds, Yates (Brewster 83'), Yarney, Bainbridge, Baningime, Walsh, Robinson, Henen (McAleny 62'), Dyson, Sambou (Broadhead 62')
Sub not used: Gray
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1 Posted 30/08/2016 at 20:40:21
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7 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:44:15
And we did when Calum Dyson, from distance, blasted a right-footed drive into the top corner. The second arrived in the second-half when Conor McAleny maintained his good striking rate by heading home from Liam Walsh's perfect corner.
While nearly all the boys played well, the two stand-out performers for me were Liam Walsh who provided energy and class all over the park and Matty Foulds who commanded the back three and who just seems to make the right decision every time.
8 Posted 30/08/2016 at 23:19:34
9 Posted 30/08/2016 at 23:25:37
Is there a problem with him?
10 Posted 30/08/2016 at 23:31:54
Supporter of the night goes to a dad who brought his partner and their 5 year old son and 12 month old daughter to the match and they stayed the distance although the little girl took some entertaining by the end.
Duncan Ferguson spoke to me on the way in; he just asked if I knew where the Main Entrance was – but that was enough.
11 Posted 31/08/2016 at 15:24:18
From Everton website, worth a quick read, shows promise:
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