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Monday 01 October 2012

Barclays U21 Premier League: Everton rout Blackburn

Everton battle back to beat Blackburn 5-2; Manchester United and West Ham also win

Magaye Gueye inspired Everton's comeback against Blackburn Rovers

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Everton 5-2 Bolton Wanderers

Everton won their second match in succession with a 5-2 victory against Bolton Wanderers at Finch Farm training ground on Sunday. After sealing their first win of the season with a 1-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers last time out, Alan Stubbs's side completed a Lancashire double that saw them leapfrog their opponents.

The Toffees had to fight back from a goal down after Michael O'Halloran had cancelled out Magaye Gueye's opening goal from the penalty spot and Samni Odelusi had given the visitors the lead on the half-hour mark.

However, in the second half and despite the torrential rain the hosts rallied through Matthew Pennington's header, Scotland Under-19 international Sam Kelly's strike, Conors McAleny's solo effort and Shane Duffy's third goal in as many games.

Full match report

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 2

Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent record in Group 2 of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League as new signing Angelo Henriquez marked his debut with a goal in a 4-2 victory over Newcastle United at Altrincham FC.

In poor conditions, Federico Macheda gave Manchester United the lead, but Newcastle equalised through Marcus Maddison. Davide Petrucci restored the home side’s lead but again it was short-lived as Tom Thorpe scored for Newcastle after good work by Romain Amalfitano.

After the break Macheda got his second with a diving header and this time there was no way back for Newcastle as Henriquez came off the bench to score with his head.

Manchester United are in action again on Monday at Altrincham as they take on Southampton. Full match report

West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City

West Ham United put some daylight between themselves and their rivals in Group 1 with a 2-0 victory over Norwich City at Rush Green.

Rob Hall opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a looping header over Declan Rudd. Both sides had chances to score, but it was not until the 90th minute that West Ham secured their win when Pelly Ruddock turned and scored.

Full match report

Reading 2-4 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers gained their first win of the season against Reading in Group 1. Osayamen Osawe and John O’Sullivan scored within a minute of each other midway through the first half for Blackburn. Jamie Maclaren’s close-range finish and Josh Morris’s deflected shot sent Reading in at half-time 4-0 down.

The home side rallied after the break with Simon Church pulling a goal back after 68 minutes and substitute Aaron Tshibola got another six minutes later, but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Full match report

Chelsea 1-3 Middlesbrough

Chelsea suffered their second successive home defeat as they went down 3-1 to Middlesbrough at Brentford’s Griffin Park.

Lewis Sirrell fired the visiting side in front just before half-time but Chelsea emerged after the break more determined and were rewarded when Patrick Bamford reacted quickest to Billy Clifford's deflected shot. However, Middlesbrough went back in front moments later through Charlie Wyke and Matthew Waters sealed the victory with a third in the 86th minute.

"It's not a fair reflection in terms of chances, but you have to give them credit, that's the way they play and they did it well," Chelsea manager Dermot Drummy said. "For all our possession we couldn't unlock any doors, but they had four chances and scored three goals.

“We work as a team and you have to stick together, we're playing some younger players, and as long as they're working hard and gaining experience from it then I'm sure we'll be okay.”

Full match report

On Monday, Arsenal travel to fifth-placed West Bromwich Albion with Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong likely to make their first starts for the Gunners following long-term injuries. The Group 1 encounter kicks off at The Hawthorns at 2pm.

Villa at the Lane

Also on Monday afternoon, Group 2 leaders Southampton host a Stoke City side still seeking their first points in the competition. In the evening Sunderland meet Manchester United at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground, while Tottenham Hotspur take on Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.

Tickets for the Spurs match are on sale and available to adults at £5 for seats in the West Lower Stand, to adult members at £3 and to junior and senior citizens at £1.

In Group 3, Liverpool host Fulham at their academy in the afternoon, while in the evening Selhurst Park again opens its doors to U21 action as Crystal Palace look to build on last week’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea against Manchester City. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults (£8 on match day) and £1 for concessions.

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Friday, September 28th results

GROUP 1
Reading 2-4 Blackburn Rovers, Hogwood Park
West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City, Rush Green Road

GROUP 2
Manchester United 4-2 Newcastle United, Altrincham FC

GROUP 3
Chelsea 1-3 Middlesbrough, Brentford FC

Sunday, September 30th

GROUP 1
Everton 5-2 Bolton Wanderers, Finch Farm training ground

Monday, October 1st

GROUP 1
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal, The Hawthorns (2pm)

GROUP 2
Southampton v Stoke City, Staplewood training ground (2.30pm)
Sunderland v Manchester United, Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground (7pm)
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa, White Hart Lane (7pm)*

GROUP 3
Liverpool v Fulham, Liverpool Academy (2pm)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City, Selhurst Park (7pm)

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

For latest news on the Barclays U21 Premier League, click here.

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Key Points

  • Everton fought back to rout Blackburn Rovers 5-2 at Finch Farm
  • Angelo Henriquez scores on debut as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 4-2
  • White Hart Lane opens its doors to Tottenham-Aston Villa on Monday