EVERTON warmed-up for their FA Youth Cup tie tomorrow evening with a testing friendly against US Academy side Monteverde.

The Florida-based private boarding school run one of the most highly-respected football programmes in North America, and recruit youngsters from across the globe and they agreed to face the Blues last Friday in a rearranged fixture, which saw them go into the break with a surprise 2-0 lead.

Everton responded convincingly, however, with a Connor Grant hat-trick and goals from Courtney Duffus, Matthew Kennedy and Chris Long to win 6-2.

Sheedy said: “It was a useful game against a good side who gave us a very solid-work out.

“They scored two quick goals which caught us on the hop a bit and we had to respond the right way in the second half which fortunately the lads did. They had a mix of players from Ireland and Brazil as well as just America.”

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