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Sunday 09 December 2012

Barclays U21s: Vellios helps Everton end on high

A review of the weekend's action in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Everton's Apostolos Vellios scored the first goal in the 3-1 win over Bolton

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.

Everton report | Bolton report 

Liverpool 4-1 Crystal Palace

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.

Liverpool report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

Monday, 10 December, 2012

Group 2
Aston Villa v Manchester United, Hinckley United 7pm
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur, Academy of Light Noon

For all the fixtures and the latest league tables, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Everton beat Bolton 3-1 in their final Group 1 fixture in the Barclaus U21 Premier League
  • Everton will progress to the Qualification Group Tier 1 after finishing fourth
  • Liverpool extended their unbeaten season by beating Crystal Palace 4-1

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