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Everton U18 coach Sheedy delighted with FA Youth Cup win over Arsenal

Everton U18 coach Kevin Sheedy was delighted with their FA Youth Cup win over Arsenal.

The young Blues fell behind to Chuba Akpom's 11th-minute opener at Underhill, but responded with aplomb to record a 4-2 victory to reach the quarter-finals.

Matthew Pennington levelled the scoring moments later, before Chris Long, Conor Grant and Harry Charsley put the Gunners to the sword during a whirlwind start to the second half.

And speaking to evertonfc.com after the contest, a thrilled Sheedy was full of praise for his united squad.

"It was a magnificent performance," said the Blues legend.

"The players are getting better and I told them before the game that they will continue to get better. The determination, the camaraderie and team spirit that we've got shows in abundance on the pitch.

"There's a good unity. It makes that league defeat to Fulham a bit more galling because we asked our players to play 36 hours after a massive effort against Port Vale in the last round and we lost our unbeaten run, which stretched back a long way.

"That still hurts me, but for the game tonight, Arsenal put their best team out and we've totally dominated the game. There were a lot of great characters out there. I'm absolutely delighted for them. They're buzzing!"

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