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Ex-Stalybridge Celtic loanee appears in Merseyside derby
Tuesday 20th December 2016 @ 09:00 by Adam Higgins
Football Sports Stalybridge

Former Stalybridge Celtic loanee Dominic Calvert-Lewin got a taste of one of English football’s hottest rivalries during Monday night’s Merseyside derby. 

In front of a global audience of millions, the 19-year-old was introduced as a second-half substitute for Everton during their 1-0 defeat by fierce city rivals Liverpool in the Premier League at Goodison Park.

It was his second outing for Ronald Koeman’s side in the space of seven days after making his debut with a 11-minute cameo in their 2-1 victory over Arsenal last week.

The England Under-20 international got slightly longer to impress the Everton fans this time and was a surprise choice to come on in the 72nd minute in place of Enner Valencia, with the game locked level.

He once again repaid Koeman’s faith with another solid display – but there was heartbreak for Calvert-Lewin and the Toffees in stoppage time, as the Reds snatched a dramatic 94th minute winner when Sadio Mane followed up Daniel Sturridge’s tame shot which trickled off the post.

Calvert-Lewin was a hit during his brief stint at Bower Fold, with six goals in five appearances for Celtic in the National League North during the winter part of the 2014-15 season.

The Sheffield-born striker, who also had a fruitful spell with Northampton Town in League Two last term, made the move to Merseyside last summer from his hometown club Sheffield United for £1.5 million.

Calvert-Lewin, who hasn’t yet scored for Everton’s Under 23s team this term, has trained with the first-team on a regular basis and first appeared in a first-team squad when an unused substitute for the Toffees’ 2-0 win over West Ham on October 30.

In a recent interview with the Liverpool Echo, Koeman described Calvert-Lewin – who also has three goals in three appearances for his country – as a ‘talented young player’ who ‘has a big future coming up for Everton’.