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Sam gets stuck into his Toffees career


Sam Byrne

Sam Byrne

Sam Byrne

IRISH youth cap Sam Byrne is already making his mark at Everton following his summer move from Manchester United by scoring his first goal for his new club.

Released by United after three years at the club, Kildare lad Byrne opted to join Premier League rivals Everton where he has been added to their U21/reserve squad, and he netted his first goal in a 1-1 draw with Leeds United's U21s.

"I thought it was a terrific run into the box," said team boss David Unsworth. "That's something Sam's capable of - getting in behind defences.

"He's comfortable through the middle and he's comfortable down either wing as well, and it's something that we'd worked on - getting the ball into him.

"It was a terrific ball from John Lundstram and a great finish. It was great to see Sam get his first goal for Everton."

Meanwhile, Robbie Keane feels that his LA Galaxy side are hitting form at just the right time of the MLS season, Keane scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Portland Timbers.

"It just shows the character we have and the belief we have at this moment of time. The players at this moment are certainly looking strong, very dominating in the way we're playing, so it's important we continue this through the end of the season," said Keane.

"I think we're in better shape certainly in the past four games, because before we were just scraping results."