Everton teen McArdle likened to Beckham after wonder goal

Everton teen Lee McArdle has been likened to David Beckham after his goal in this week's U18s victory over Carlisle United.

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Carlisle boss Eric Kinder explained: "Everton had some good chances after we scored, and we were probably lucky to be in front at the break. They pulled things level very shortly after half time with what can only be described as a wonder goal.

"If you think back to the David Beckham goal against Wimbledon, then that's what this lad did to us. He had only just got to the half way line, and I could see him look up and have a look at where Mark Gillespie (Carlisle goalkeeper) was.

"As soon as he spotted that he was off his line, he let one go and it sailed in to the back of the net.

"We're talking about 55 or 60 yards here, and our keeper has had no chance. It was an absolutely incredible goal for a young lad to score."

The game took place at Everton's official training ground Finch Farm, and the Carlisle youth boss had nothing but praise for the facility.

He added: "The Academies have really started to come on in their design over the last ten years, but this has been better than anything I have ever seen. It has been good for the lads to see something like this.

"To be invited there and to play there is probably a credit to the way that the Youth side of the club conducted itself last season."

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