Everton Under-18s fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Sunderland at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday afternoon.
After a tight opening, the young Blues fell behind on 15 minutes when Michael Collins turned a low cross into his own net.
The Black Cats soon went close to doubling their lead, but a low drive was comfortably held by Tom Murphy in the Blues goal.
At the other end, the hosts' best chance of the first half fell the way of Ellis Simms - but the forward's right-footed effort from an acute angle rattled off the post.
Seconds after the restart, Sunderland doubled their lead. Paul Tait's side rallied with both Simms and Korede Adedoyin forcing saves from the Sunderland goalkeeper, before both Collins and substitute Charlie Ball saw efforts blocked late on.
Everton U18s: Murphy, Corke, Joe Anderson (60' Jonathan Anderson), McKeown, Collins, Scully, Zuk (87' Warnock), Warren, Simms, Stanley (60' Ball), Adedoyin.
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