20/04/2024

Frank Lampard and Anthony Gordon post-match. Photo: anthonygordon/Twitter

Everton have officially claimed the Sydney Super Cup on the back of a resounding win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium.

Everton has claimed the inaugural Sydney Super Cup, defeating the Western Sydney Wanderers in outstanding fashion at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday night.

Everton made it two from two in the trip to Australia, having also defeated Scottish giants Celtic FC on Sunday afternoon in a penalty shootout.

The crowd of 14,522 saw a strong Everton side named, with the best available squad brought to Australia. Players such as James Tarkowski, Anthony Gordon, Demari Gray and Abdoulaye Doucoure all started the match for the Blues.

It has been a tough start to the season for Everton in the English Premier League, currently sitting in 17th place, just one spot above the relegation zone, with pressure beginning to mount on manager Frank Lampard. Meanwhile, the Western Sydney Wanderers have started the season strongly under coach Marko Rudan and are currently sitting in second place.

The Wanderers fans certainly made their presence felt and ensured everyone knew it was their home game, making a lot of noise from the active support section, in particular the affectionately known RBB (Red and Black Bloc). Down the other end of the pitch, the Everton supporters wouldn’t go quietly with songs such as ‘Spirit of the Blues’ ringing out around CommBank stadium.

After creating some early chances and even scoring an off-side goal, it was Neal Maupay who opened the scoring for Everton. A lofted ball from right-back Nathan Patterson was perfectly timed onto the head of Maupay.

However, four minutes later, Western Sydney boy, Ramy Najjarine equalised on the back of a brilliant piece of individual play, finishing from outside of the box.

Following some dangerous attacking play by the Wanderers, including an attempt hitting the post, young Everton superstar, Anthony Gordon scored his first goal of the night to restore the lead.

A counterattack play from Everton undid the defence of Western Sydney, with a clinical finish from Gordon, showing the quality of the Premier League players.

Following on from the half-time interval, Rudan’s side controlled the possession early on, creating a strong chance. Substitute, Romain Amalfitano fired a shot into the post, giving the Wanderers their best chance of equalising.

In the 59th minute, Gordon once again put his name on the score sheet. Tapping home a shot from a deflected Daniel Margush save, Gordon put the game out of reach for the Wanderers.

Everton’s attack remained ruthless as it extended the lead just seven minutes later, with academy graduate Tom Cannon scoring his maiden goal for the Toffees. Cannon, who has a single premier league appearance, featured for the second time this tour after a brief cameo against Celtic.

An error by Western Sydney goalkeeper, Daniel Margush created the goal opportunity. Margush lost control of the skewed attempt from another Everton academy product in Stanley Mills, giving Cannon the easiest of chances.

With the final kick of the game, Gordon completed his hat-trick with a strong right-footed attempt slamming into the bottom corner of the net on the back of a pass from Dwight McNeil.

Gordon’s goal extended the Toffees’ lead to 5-1 as it claimed an emphatic win over the A-League club.

Speaking with the media post-match, Everton manager Frank Lampard was full of praise for Gordon, who stole the headlines.

“He showed when he broke through last season that he’s a big talent and an attacking threat, which we’ve once again seen through the early part of this season”, he said.

“He needs to be at the level he showed today, and it really is different in the Premier League. To do what he did today has to be done at high speeds regularly.

“He’s so young, and people have got to remember that, so it’s normal sometimes you have little patches of form slumps.

“But if Anthony can take away from this trip the confidence of what he did tonight, and recreate it and push himself on in training, he could be the Anthony that Everton needs because he can be a big player for us.”

Lampard is no stranger to playing top-level football, with 609 Premier League appearances, as well as 106 appearances for the England National Team.

When asked about his thoughts on the way the Western Sydney Wanderers performed throughout the contest, Lampard was complementary of his opponents.

“I thought they did well, they’ve started their season well, but we’re playing with two very different leagues”, he continued.

“We play in a really ultra-competitive league over in England, and we get access to a lot of different resources compared to what they get out here.

“I thought they acquitted themselves well, particularly in the first half when it’s obviously still a tight game.

“I appreciated the welcome we had from their fans, their manager, and their players, and I wish them well.”

Everton will now head back to England and continue preparations for its next fixture against the Wolverhampton Wanderers following the completion of the World Cup break on December 27th.

Western Sydney will be back on the 10th of December, when it plays Wellington Phoenix at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.

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