Stoke City exit from the FA Youth Cup

HIGH-FLYING Everton U18s needed a penalty-shoot-out to dismiss Stoke City U18s from the FA Youth Cup at the bet365 stadium last night.

The young Potters had stormed back from a 2-0 deficit in the opening 16 minutes against the Premier League U18 North leaders to take the game into extra-time.

Ethon Varian fired home a rebound to reduce the arrears on 71 minutes, and then later he forced the ball home during a goalmouth scramble in the dying seconds to level the scores.

Neither side managed to find the net in extra-time so the game entered a penalty shoot-out to decide the winner.

James Jennings netted Stoke’s first penalty kick but the Potters next three attempts were all saved and the Toffees tasted sweet success to advance to the fifth round.

Former Stoke City Academy player Jordan Brown is expected to line-up for Derby County U18’s when they face Sheffield United at home in the FA Youth Cup fourth round stage next Tuesday night (Jan 15).

The 17-year-old, from Cresswell, near Blythe Bridge, was invited to join Stoke after being spotted playing for Cheadle SMU juniors.

Soon after being released by Stoke young  Jordan was invited to join the Derby academy. Since then he has made rapid progress and now finds himself training with the Rams first team under the watchful eye of manager Frank Lampard.