After an excellent run and a good performance at Goodison Park, Tranmere Rovers Under-18 were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the hands of Everton.
It was a relatively even first 45 minutes with the home team dominating possession although only a couple of half chances were created from that.
Patrick Wharton had made a couple of good saves while at the other end Kevin Cringle hit a 25 yard shot wide.
As the half drew to its close, Everton were awarded a penalty with the attacking player getting to the ball ahead of Wharton who brought him down. The spot kick was duly dispatched.
Rovers came out of the blocks strog after the interval and were a lick of paint away from equalising in the opening minute of the second half.
After a good run by Udoyen Akpan down the right, the forward pulled the ball back for Ethan Devine whose shot from eight yards hit the near post.
But three minutes later, Everton's lead was doubled. A free kick from the left was swung in, nodded across goal and tapped home from close range.
Rovers kept going and pressed to get back in the game with some good play.
Ethan Devine fired narrowly wide with a volley from 20 yards before Akpan dragged a difficult shot wide from 25 yards.
Tom Croughan then became the second Tranmere player to hit the woodwork a few minutes before the end, before he had a powerful shot superbly tipped over the bar moments later.
Everton broke and hit the crossbar themselves late on as they held on to progress into round four of the competition.
Tranmere: Wharton, Solomon-Davies, Clarke, Lucy, J Devine, Drysdale, E Devine, Cringle, Akpan, Croughan, Heron. Subs: Fleming, Medlen, Brett, Walker, Long.