Everton’s fringe players ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Kenyan giants Gor Mahia in the Sportpesa Cup final at Goodison Park on Tuesday.
Anglo-Nigerian wonderkid Ademola Lookman opened the scoring in the 15th minute, before Kieran Dowell – who scored in last year’s meeting between the two sides – added a second eight minutes later.
Lookman could have had a second early in the second half after a mazy run, but his effort was cleared off the line by Uganda defender Shafik Batambuze.
While Gor kept the Toffees at bay until the death, the hosts ran riot before the final whistle, with Nathan Broadhead and Oumar Niasse adding two late goals – in the 87th and 88th minutes – after the visitors’ tired backline were exposed.
Dylan Kerr’s side may feel the scoreline would have been different had they not been deprived of former Kenya Premier League top scorer Jacques Tuyisenge, who didn’t travel due to visa issues.
Gor travelled to England on Friday for a rematch of last year’s exhibition match, which the Toffees won 2-1 in Dar es Salaam.
Rwanda international Jacques Tuyisenge scored the consolation goal for the Kenyan side, while Wayne Rooney and Dowell scored for the Toffees.