Everton Under-21s 3
Sunderland Under-21s 2
SUNDERLAND were beaten by a late goal in an entertaining clash at Goodison Park.
And it took strikes from three of the Blues’ over-age players to seal the home win.
Arune Kone opened the scoring just after the half hour, firing a rising left-foot shot into the top corner from 10 yards.
Sunderland had dominated the first half but could find no way past Spanish keeper Joel Robles.
After the break, the Black Cats did level, albeit in fortuitous circumstances when Liam Agnew’s shot took a big deflection and looped over the helpless keeper.
Everton soon regained the lead through Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo, who drilled home at the far post.
Two minutes, later, Carl Lawson had the Black Cats level again, turning the ball home from close range after a good cross from the right.
Sunderland looked good value for a draw but then conceded three minutes from time.
Everton were given too much time and allowed to cross from the right and Conor McAleny swept the ball from eight yards out to seal the win.
It was a good display from Sunderland, though, with Duncan Watmore and George Honeyman impressing.