Gordon hat-trick in the big Everton win – match recap, goals and highlights

Everton defeated hosts Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 in comfort to end their Australian tour unbeaten in two games after beating Scottish club Celtic on penalties on Sunday.

The Blues netted a hat-trick from forward Anthony Gordon along with points from Neal Maupay and a first senior goal for youngster Tom Cannon. The Blues started in a 4-3-3 formation, with Isaac Price again playing a starring role in the middle while Frank Lampard opted for a largely unchanged squad from the weekend.

The Toffees scored early from a corner in the fifth minute when James Tarkowski headed the ball into Gordon’s lane, but the referee ruled it offside. Demarai Gray and then Abdoulaye Doucoure both came close before Maupay scored from a Nathan Patterson cross.

The Blues pushed forward a second, but against the flow of play the hosts pulled back just minutes later through Ramy Najjarine to make it 1-1. Dwight McNeil and Maupay missed chances before Wanderers was close to taking the lead, a shot went off the bar and then Tarkowski did well to block the rebound with the gaping goal.

However, the Blues were back in the lead after half an hour, Gray playing down the left in Doucoure and his center deftly tapping from Gordon, who arrived in the six-yard box.

A gray cross eluded both Maupay and Gordon as the Blues looked to add another before the break, with the former pair also missing two more chances. The Blues had gotten a lot of joy from the wings stretching Aussies and their movement keeping them on their toes with Gray and Gordon.

The second half started with a few changes, with Michael Keane replacing Tarkowski and veteran Andy Lonergan making his Everton debut for Asmir Begovic. The hosts hit the woodwork minutes into the second verse and hit the bar with a speculative volley from Romain Amalfitano.

Price went in the middle and was booked for a tough challenge before the Blues extended their lead just before the hour mark. McNeil launched a counterattack and found Gray charging down the right, his ball back in the middle was hit by Gray with the keeper deflecting the shot. However, Gordon was the first to react on the rebound, which took his second place in the game.

Lampard made a few changes in the 64th minute, sending Under-21 stars Tom Cannon and Stan Mills while Maupay and Gray were substituted. And it was the youngsters who teamed up for the fourth time of the game, with Mills’ tame shot being spilled by the busy Daniel Margush and Cannon getting to the ball quickest to knock home.

Cannon almost scored his second two minutes later, his evil shot narrowly missing after being passed through by Doucoure, who also had a good game in the attacking phase. A series of other changes pretty much ended the competition after that, with Reece Welch, Sebastian Quirk and Joe Anderson all getting minutes.

Lampard had let Gordon in to give him a shot on his highs and in the 90th minute the youngster delivered, cutting in from the left and firing at the far post.

All in all a good game for the Blues against lower standard opponents having endured a difficult first half of the season at home. Everton will now return home and go into a month-long hibernation of sorts while the World Cup gets underway. The Toffees are next in action on Boxing Day when they travel to Wolves when the Premier League resumes.

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