Sunday 09 December 2012
Everton ended their Group 1 campaign on a high as goals from Apostolos Vellios, Matthew Kennedy and Ross Barkley helped to secure a 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the County Ground.
The away side took the lead after 11 minutes through Vellios and threatened to extend their lead until, against the run of play, Bolton equalised with a penalty from Marvin Sordell on the stroke of half-time.
Again it took only 11 minutes after kick-off for Everton to regain the lead, this time Vellios the provider for Kennedy. The win was finally secured in stoppage time after Magaye Gueye’s cross was converted by Barkley.
Everton finish the first half of the season in fourth in Group 1, and progress to the Qualification Group Tier 1 along with the fourth and fifth-placed teams from the three groups as well as one third-placed team from Groups 2 or 3.
Liverpool maintained the best record in the competition by beating Crystal Palace emphatically at the Academy. Goals from Daniel Pacheco, Adam Morgan, Samed Yesil and Jon Flanagan meant that Alex Inglethorpe's side remained unbeaten throughout the Group 3 stage. Matthew Parsons got the solitary strike for Palace, whose fifth position will be taken by Fulham should they avoid defeat away to Manchester City on Monday.
Monday, 10 December, 2012
Aston Villa v Manchester United, Hinckley United 7pm
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur, Academy of Light Noon
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