Everton won the SportPesa Trophy after beating Kenyan Premier League Champions Gor Mahia 4-0 at Goodison Park last night.
For the Kenyan club, the match was a pre-season challenge but for the Toffees it was a mid season challenge which provided Everton boss Marco Silva the opportunity to give his youngsters some much-needed confidence, and re-integrate some injured players into the squad at the same time.
On the other hand, Dylan Kerr’s team will have gained valuable experience from the fixture which will prepare them well for the coming defence of their Kenyan Premier League title.
Ademola Lookman opened the scoring while Kieran Dowell later added a second after Yerry Mina’s clearance resulted in a good counter-attack. 17 year old Nathan Broadhead notched a tap-in after replacing Lookman, and shortly after that Oumar Niasse capitalized on a turnover to make it 4-0.
For periods in the game, Gor looked strong with one cross whipped across the goal failing to find a player to make that vital touch which would have given the visitors a much needed confidence boost. As the game neared its end, the Kenyans seemed to tire and in the last ten minutes their hosts added two more goals, but the 4-0 scoreline was harsh on the visitors.
Last night’s match was also a first as Gor Mahia become the first African club to play on a Premier League ground.
Regardless of the scoreline, the fixture will have proved an invaluable experience for the team and their British manager Dylan Kerr who clearly relished the opportunity to be on the touchline for this encounter.