Soccer-Teenager Jebbison seals Sheff Utd win at Everton on first Premier League start


Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Sheffield United - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - May 16, 2021 Sheffield United's Daniel Jebbison celebrates scoring their first goal Pool via REUTERS/Alex Pantling

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) -Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison became the youngest player to score in his first Premier League start as his early strike condemned Everton to a 1-0 defeat on Sunday that could wreck their European hopes.

Canadian-born Jebbison, aged 17 and 309 days, pounced in the seventh minute at a rainy Goodison Park, converting a low cross to give his already-relegated side the lead.

Everton's woeful home form continued as Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale made several excellent saves in the first half but was relatively untroubled after the break.

Everton's ninth home defeat left them in eighth spot with two games remaining. They have 56 points, three behind West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

"We played so bad. The only result that could be possible is a defeat," manager Carlo Ancelotti said in response to Everton matching an unwanted club record of nine home defeats in a league campaign.

"As we usually did at home most of the time, we lost. I have to take responsibility for this but I hope the players do too."

Jebbison, an England under-18 international, could even have added to his tally as bottom club Sheffield United deservedly sealed only their second away win of the season.

It has been a miserable campaign for Sheffield United but Jebbison offered a ray of sunshine as he seized his chance with an accomplished performance.

Jebbison, who began this season five divisions lower with Chorley in the National League, slid in to convert Jack Robinson's low cross.

Everton were stung into action and Ramsdale made a superb low save to keep out Allan's skidding effort.

Jebbison could have doubled his tally when he anticipated a short backpass by Mason Holgate, but saw his chipped effort saved by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

Ramsdale then produced a stunning double save to first keep out Richarlison's' header before reacting brilliantly to keep out Dominic Calvert-Lewin's follow-up.

Everton ran out of ideas in the second half and Ramsdale's save from Richarlison's angled drive was a rare dangerous moment.

Carlo Ancelotti's team now share the record for the most home defeats for Everton in a season. They also lost nine at home in 1912-13, 1947-48, 1950-51 and 1993-94.

Everton have picked up six points at home in 2021 with only Fulham (four) managing fewer.

(Reporting by Martyn HermanEditing by Toby Davis)

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