Prescot Cables reached the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup for the third successive season after proving too strong for a youthful Everton side.
Prescot got off to the perfect start by scoring after just four minutes and eight seconds, Josh Klein-Davies curling a beautifully struck effort past Nico Hansen.
With the majority of the crowd of 630 behind them, Cables dominated the first half but were unable to extend their advantage until the 39th minute. Ironically, when the second goal came, it was an Evertonian – Lloyd Dean – who scored it.
The Premier League youngsters were shell-shocked by that break through and conceded again just before the interval, Klein-Davies doubling his personal tally for the night.
A double substitution and tactical reorganisation helped the visitors to perform much more fluently in the second half. One of those substitutes, McKenzie Hunt, gave the visitors hope by scoring a fine goal in the 62nd minute.
The Toffees enjoyed a lot of possession in the final quarter of the match, although they found themselves up against a resolute Cables side who never looked like surrendering their lead.
For Everton, the match will have been a useful development exercise for promising youngsters, while for Prescot there is a tie against Litherland REMYCA to look forward to as the season builds to its climax.