It's my first visit to Hampden, and I have had a look
though the record books and as far as I can see it's Everton's
first visit in modern times.
This is the start of our mini-tour of Scotland: 3 games in
6 days; our first game is against lower league opposition
Scottish 3rd division (bottom half at that).
Still no Keeper signed; we keep reading that Wright wants
12 hours to think about his move to us, so the battle for the
second slot is getting hotter. Tonight, Simonsen got to
wear the jersey.
Rooney again was the star man tonight, with another
pre-season hat trick, and a little help from Ferguson &
1-0 Carsley with the corner, waiting on the edge of the
six-yard area Rooney who made a bit of space for himself to
head the ball home.
2-0 Rooney became the provider with the lay off in front of
Ferguson, well inside the area; Dunc with the side foot shot.
3-0 Naysmith beat the defenders, saw Rooney in space, laid
the ball in to his path. He fired in, keeper again no chance.
4-0 A solo effort from McLeod, he ran at the defence down
the right, cut in and let fly across the keeper.
5-0 Rooney's hat-trick 18-yard shot from the edge of the
area, looked spectacular.
6-0 Gravesen was the man with the silky touch, jinked his
way past three defenders, put the ball in the box to McLeod;
he was fouled. Up stepped Tal to score confidently
(could he be the new penalty taker?)
We did have other chances, Rooney saw a couple of efforts
just slip past the post; one shot from 25 yard's was tipped
over the bar. Tal also had his shooting boots with him,
his efforts all on target.
But we were playing against part timers; let's see how we
get on against better teams at the weekend.