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Football: Valente scores early but Blues reserves slip to defeat.

Bolton Res 2

Everton Res 1

NUNO VALENTE continued his comeback from injury with a goal, scoring after just two minutes of the Blues reserves' defeat to Bolton.

The Portuguese defender had been sidelined with a thigh injury, but looked fit and ready for the season run-in as he linked up well with Aidan Downes to fire past keeper Al Habsi for his first Everton goal.

The Blues kept pressing the Bolton goal in the first half and nearly doubled their lead on 16 minutes when Bjarni Vidarsson shot from distance.

Slowly, however, the home side began to pressure the Everton goal and they ended the half the stronger.

The second period continued in the same way and eventually Bolton's persistence paid off as former Blue Idan Tal scored to put them level.

It was the second time the Israeli has scored against Everton Reserves since returning to England in the summer.

Bolton continued to pressurise the Everton defence and had a couple of chances to go ahead.

Tal fired just wide of Ruddy's goal and then Vaz Te headed low past the post.

It was no surprise when Greek international Stelios gave Bolton the points with a goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Andy Holden's side now have a home game against Wigan before ending the season with the away mini derby on April 30.

Everton Reserves: Ruddy, Irving, Densmore, Valente, Dennehey, de Silva, Morrison, Kissock, Vidarsson, Connor, Downes. Not used: Spencer, Jones, Harpur, Hall, Molyneux.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2007
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