Albion U18 1 Everton U18 3

Albion Under-18s slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Everton Under-18.

The young Baggies, who were facing Everton for the first time since their triumph over the Toffees in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final in late February, were beaten by Ellis Simms’ second-half hat-trick at Palm Training Ground.

The Everton forward scored his first three minutes after the break. He then added a second eight minutes later before completing his treble with just over ten minutes to go.

Stanley Asomugha pulled one back late on but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation strike.

ALBION: Griffiths; White, Hill, Solanke (King HT), Delaney; Taylor, Ashton, Brown, Gardner-Hickman (Wakeling 78), Barry; Soule (Asomugha 66).

Subs: Cann, Williams.

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