Blues comfortable winners over the African Champions

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Everton 4 - 0 Gor Mahia
Everton and Gor Mahia contested the SportPesa Trophy this evening, in an exhibition game that featured Yerry Mina and a slew of fringe first-team players for a rare mid-season friendly at Goodison Park.

It was the second meeting between the two sides after last year's match in Tanzania where the Blues ran out 2-1 winners. Gor Mahia earned the right to play Everton when they retained the SportPesa Super Cup by beating Simba SC in June.

While this was a dream trip for the Kenyan club, from Everton's perspective it provided an opportunity for Yerry Mina, in particular, to get some valuable game time ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The Colombian defender, who made his long-awaited home debut as a very late substitute against Brighton on Saturday, is almost certain to start for the first time at Stamford Bridge with Kurt Zouma ineligible to face his parent club.

With the Under-21s in action against Barnsley in the Checkatrade Trophy, the rest of the team featured a number of first-team players who have not seen much action in recent weeks.

That meant a starting XI featuring Maarten Stekelenburg, Mason Holgate, Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and Phil Jagielka Leighton Baines was expected tos atrt but was withdrawn before the start, replaced by Beni Baningime, with Jonjoe Kenny apparently injured.

The game kicked off in front of a decent enough crowd packed into the Park End and Family Enclosure, with a smattering of people in parts of the main stand... the Bullens Road and Gwladys Street stands eerily empty and echoey for such a 'historic' occasion.

Fine opening goal from Lookman off a great cross from Tosun after 15 mins.

A good break from a Gor Mahia corner saw Calvert-Lewin brought down but Dowell picked up the ball and fired home through the keeper from a narrow angle.

The only change at the break was Joao Virginia replacing Marteen Stekelenburg in the Everton goal. More subs came on in the second half and one of them, Nathan Broadhead, bundled the ball over the line after his first strike was saved following a fine cross from McCarthy. Niasse finally got on the scoresheet with a crisp shot after fluffing a number of chances.

Scorers: Lookman (15'), Dowell (26'), Broadhead (86'), Niasse (89')

Everton: Stekelenburg (46' Virginia), Holgate, Baningime, Jagielka (76' John), Mina, Davies, Schneiderlin, Lookman (86' Broadhead), Dowell (76' Gordon), Calvert-Lewin (62' Niasse). Tosun (62' McCarthy).
Subs not Used: [Baines: withdrawn]


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