Everton fans react on Twitter to Ellis Simms display in FA Youth Cup win over Brighton

Ellis Simms (C)  of Everton celebrates his goal with Korede Adedoyin (L) and Mackenzie Hunt (R) during the FA Youth Cup match between Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on...

The 18-year-old forward has 23 goals in all competitions for the Toffees Under-18s this term.

Ellis Simms during the FA Youth Cup match between Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on February 12, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Everton Under-18s reached the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup thanks to a 2-0 win over their Brighton & Hove Albion counterparts at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.

The Toffees, who currently top the Under-18 Premier League table, had set up the midweek clash with the Seagulls after a penalty shootout victory over Stoke City.

Paul Tait's charges were impressive from the off against a side which had beaten West Ham and Manchester United to set up the tie and went ahead on 11 minutes.

 

Michael Collins broke the deadlock for the hosts after exchanging passes with Anthony Gordon before rifling a low effort into the bottom left corner of the Brighton net.

Just a minute later, Ellis Simms dispossessed an opposition defender before gliding towards goal near the byline and curling in a superb shot from a tight angle.

Everton U18s' fortunes in their competitions are in stark contrast to the first team, which is currently floundering in the Premier League under Marco Silva amid much fan criticism.

Ellis Simms (C)  of Everton celebrates his goal with Korede Adedoyin (L) and Mackenzie Hunt (R) during the FA Youth Cup match between Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on...

Some Toffees fans made their feelings known about the youth side on Twitter, with Simms - who scored his 23rd of the season in all competitions - singled out for praise:

Up next for Tait's side in the FA Youth Cup is a quarter-final trip to West Bromwich Albion.

Ellis Simms of Everton on the ball during the FA Youth Cup match between Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on February 12, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

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