Blues out of Senior Cup on Penalties

, 24 April, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
The young Blues headed to the Delta Taxis Stadium following a quarter-final victory at Marine, but were to miss out on a place in the regional tournament showpiece in the cruellest of fashions.

Chances were sparse in the 90 minutes amid blustery conditions and as the game went on, it was little surprise spot-kicks would be the only way to separate the sides.

And with Bootle in clinical form from 12 yards, saves to deny John Lundstram and Calum Dyson would ultimately swing the tie away from the Toffees.

Conor Grant, on his second successive start since returning from injury, went close in the opening 45 minutes when he glanced George Green's left-wing cross narrowly over.

Hallam Hope forced the Bootle goalkeeper into a flying save before the break, while Jindrich Stanek was called into action soon after the restart but neither side could score.

With Bootle netting first in the shhootout and Lundstram seeing his effort saved, the momentum was with the home team.

Joe Williams, Harry Charsley and Curtis Langton all replied to successful spot-kicks, before Bootle struck the post with their fifth and Ibou Touray forced sudden death.

Matthew Pennington and Ben McLaughlin both found the back of the net but substitute Dyson was denied to close the shootout at 7-6 to Bootle.

Everton U21s: Stanek; McLaughlin, Pennington, Langton, Touray; Williams, Lundstram, Grant; Hope, Green, McAleny. Subs not Used: Subs: Dyson, Charsley

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