Last night Everton and Liverpool had the Mini-Derby with the Reserves. Everton Reserves took on the Liverpool Reserves. Everton’s Reserves mirrored the senior side’s result from two days earlier – falling to a 1-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool.
A second half strike from forward Jordy Brouwer was the difference on the night at Widnes’ Stobart Stadium. Liverpool were restricted to efforts from distance in the main – although they sent a number of notable efforts close in the first 45 minutes before opening the scoring shortly after the hour mark.
Eunan O’Kane gave the crowd something to get excited about after just six minutes, sending an audacious half-volley just over the bar from the edge of the box. As the visitors began to get a firmer grip on proceedings, a decent effort from distance by Jermaine Pennant forced a good save from Jamie Jones. But it was the Blues who were able to claim the best chance of the opening third. When a deep cross from the right by O’Kane picked out Jack Rodwell unmarked at the back post it seemed inevitable the midfielder would convert. But his shot flashed wide of the target, much to the player’s frustration.The second period continued in a similar manner – with the visitors enjoying longer spells in possession but Everton threatening with swift attacks. But it was Liverpool who took the lead shortly after the hour mark, Brouwer guiding the ball in at the near post after a low centre from Stephen Darby.
The contest was Everton’s last at their Widnes home of this reserve campaign.