Former Glenavon and Portadown player named on Everton bench for Europa League clash
Northern Ireland Under 21 international Shayne Lavery was named as part of Everton's squad for the final Europa League group game this evening.
The Toffees took on Apollon Limassol in Cyrus and earned their first win of the campaign with a 3-0 success. With their chances of reaching the next round already gone and the Merseyside deby against Liverpool coming up on Sunday, Lavery was one of eight players in with a chance of making his first-team debut, named in the first team's match-day squad for the first time.
New boss Sam Allardyce did not made the trip due to a pre-arranged medical appointment with first team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson taking charge.
📋 | Team sheets are in and there are 2️⃣ debutants for the Blues. Congratulations to Harry Charsley and Fraser Hornby! pic.twitter.com/9YHQSAoOHp— Everton (@Everton) December 7, 2017
Lavery joined Everton from Glenavon back in 2015 and signed his first professional deal at Goodison Park during the summer.
He said: “The pro contract is something I’ve always wanted, so it’s a dream come true. As soon as I came here, it’s all I’ve been working towards."
This was the 18 year-olds first time being included in the squad although he didn't get any pitch time.
Harry Charsley and Fraser Hornby started for their full debuts while Nathan Broadhead, Anthony Gordon and Alex Denny came off the bench for their first appearances. Stephen Duke-McKenna and Michael Collins joined Lavery on the bench, although none of those three would make their first appearances.
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