Wednesday 08 May 2013
Everton are through to the semi-finals of the Barclays Under-21s Premier League after overcoming Newcastle United on penalties following a pulsating 3-3 draw at Goodison Park.
The teams could not be separated after extra time but the Blues sealed a place in the last four after scoring all five of their penalties to win the shoot-out 5-3, with Gael Bigirimana the unfortunate Newcastle man to miss from 12 yards out.
For long periods of the match it appeared as though one goal might be enough to decide the outcome with Sammy Ameobi putting the visitors ahead midway through the second half. However, Conor McAleny replied almost instantly before Steven Naismith looked to have won the game for Everton 13 minutes before the end.
But Bradden Inman's 83rd-minute equaliser took the tie to extra time and Kevin Richardson's strike eight minutes into the additional period put Newcastle ahead for a second time. Just as time seemed to be running out for Everton, John Lundstram - back from a loan spell with Doncaster Rovers - took the tie to penalties with a close-range effort.
The victory takes Everton through to the semi-final, where they will face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 13 May. In the other last-four encounter Manchester United host Liverpool the following day.
Everton (McAleny, Naismith, Lundstram) 3-3 Newcastle (Ameobi, Inman, Richardson) (Everton win 5-3 on pens)
Barclays Under-21 Premier League semi-finals
Monday 13 May
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton (7pm)
Tuesday 14 May
Manchester United v Liverpool (7pm)
To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here