Blackburn Rovers U23s 4 - 3 Everton U18s
Everton started well in this Lancashire Senior Cup Quarterfinal, with Hughes testing ex-Everton trainee Joe Hilton early on, the Rovers ‘keeper forced to tip over the midfielder's dipping free-kick inside the opening minute of the encounter.
But after giving up four first-half goals, Rhys Hughes forced a goal back. He ventured forward and caught Hilton out with a strike from 20 yards that nestled nicely into the bottom right-hand corner.
The Toffees gained confidence from the strike, and Manasse Mampala forced Hilton to hold a long-range effort as they pressed to really get back into the game.
Kieran Phillips nearly reduced the score further later on, but he slid wide after being played in by half-time substitute Seb Quirk. But with his next chance, he made no mistake, slotting low past Hilton with seven minutes remaining after being fed by Lewis Warrington.
Hughes's second and Everton's third made sure of a nervy ending at Brockhall Village, but despite Everton throwing everyone forward late on, Rovers kept them at bay to book their place in the next round.
Everton U18s: Hansen, Hosie [Y:41'], Anderson (51' Lowey), Hughes, Higgins [Y:25'] (46' Quirk), D Thompson? Iversen (c), Welch, Phillips, Carroll [Y:22'] (46' Warrington), Mampala.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Cannon.