Potters turn things around with 10 men...
STOKE CITY’S U18s completed a superb second half fightback to secure an opening day draw at Everton on Saturday morning, despite playing for more than 30 minutes with just 10 men.
The Potters had more than held their own at the Toffees’ Finch Farm Training Ground until the final few minutes of the opening period when Anthony Gordon and Korede Adedoyin struck to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
Things were to get worse before they got better for Kevin Russell’s side when Rachid Balde was shown a second yellow card for pulling back his opponent on 54 minutes.
City didn’t crumble in torrential conditions on Merseyside however and midway through the second period Jacob Twyford pulled one back for the visitors with a cool finish.
The Potters continued to demonstrate great character and resilience, and were they duly rewarded for their efforts when with 12 minutes remaining they levelled the scores when Max Murphy’s cross was inadvertently turned in Stephen Duke-McKenna following a rebound off the keeper.