BLUES BLUNT BLADES TO PROGRESS IN YOUTH CUP.
Goals either side of the break from Courtney Duffus and Gethin Jones secured the victory for the Toffees at Sheffield United.
The youngsters now face another away tie against either Charlton Athletic or Arsenal in the quarter-finals.
The young Blues manufactured their first chance after intelligent work from Tyrone Duffus. The number 10 released Calum Dyson after a powerful run, but his deflected drive was beaten around the post by goalkeeper Jake Eastwood.
Kevin Sheedy's team came close again on 20 minutes through midfielder Harry Charsley as Everton continued to dominate proceedings, and the home side were forced to wait until after the half-hour mark for their first sniff of goal.
The deadlock was eventually broken after 39 minutes.
Duffus latched onto a through ball 25 yards from goal, still with plenty to do. The towering striker dummied to go on the outside before cutting back onto his left and calmly slotting past Eastwood.
The elder of the Duffus brothers almost doubled his tally moments later when he reacted quickly to charge down a weak pass back from United defender Ben Whiteman, but the deflection sailed agonisingly wide of the upright.
Everton doubled their lead though Jones on 53 minutes via the penalty spot.
Ryan Ledson's sublime through ball released Courtney Duffus down the centre, and the striker was eventually bundled over by Eastwood as he bore down on goal.
Captain Jones took the responsibility in the absence of the Blues' ' top goalscorer George Green and the Welshman made no mistake in converting into the bottom right corner to make it 2-0. Charlton and Arsenal face each other in round five on Friday. EVERTON U18s: Griffiths, Jones, Thorniley (Connolly 78), Graham, Langton, Williams, Dyson (Donohue 72), Ledson (Shannon 89), C Duffus, T Duffus, Charsley. Subs not used: Hewelt, Brewster.