Everton proved that they are simply a class above Gor Mahia. They were especially lethal on counter-attacks with their lightning quick passes and ability to open up running lanes. Whereas Gor Mahia tried a slow patient build-up, Everton were quick on the ball, thus often giving Gor Mahia no chance to settle.
Local players simply lack the technique required to make quick but precise passes then make intelligent runs. It is a result of doing hundreds and hundreds of passing drills starting as early as age 6 or 7.
Nevertheless, Gor Mahia’s defence acquitted themselves well, often thwarting imminent goals. Goalkeeper Frederick Odhiambo and the new signing Shafiq Butambuze were impressive.
Gor Mahia’s best moments came between minutes 45 and 60. That was when they created chances with Blackberry proving a handful for the toffees. But the mass substitutions ruined the rhythm
Minute by Minute
Ademola Lukman scored the opener in minute 16 finishing off a cross from the right flank following a flowing move. The Gor Mahia defender did not follow Lukman and tried to recover late. In the end it was an easy tap in for Lukman.
Dowell scored Everton’s second goal from a breakway , tucking the ball under Oluoch. Everton with most of the possession were looking very dangerous on breakways.
32nd minute Good movement sees Blackberry cut inwards but his shot sails way above the goal.
35th minute: Dominic defly loses Nizigiyimana but his shot is parried by Oluoch for a corner.
41st minute: Another Everton breakway catches Kogalo falt footed. But Oluck pulls off a save from a wide open Kieran Dowell.
45 minutes: Lukman runs dangerously on the left. Cuts inside but Shakava blocks his shot.
With the exception of Blackberry’s effort which sailed over the bar, Kogalo have yet to trouble the Everton keeper. The half time score is 2-0
Former Naija international Yakubu is commentating and says Kogalo need to speed up their passes. Indeed what separates the two sides is Everton’s ability to string quick passes on the run.
Also Gor Mahia players seem to be sliding constantly. It appears their boots are not suited to this surface.
Second half starts. Bernard Ondiek is on as is Humphrey Mieno.
48′: Everton looking dangerous but dogged defending saveing Kogalo in the early exchanges. Gor Mahia losing the ball in dangerous places as the Everton press is taking its toll.
50′ : Blackberry at the end of a flowing move, sends a low cross but it goes begging
Blackberry looking lively. Butambuze solid in defence.
52′: Lukman slices through several defenders. The goalkeeper is well beaten. Butambuze with a goal line save.
57′: Francis Mustapha squanders a wide open attempt with the Everton keeper out of position .
59′ : Another flowing move ends with Butambuze sending a low cross into the box. But the Everton keeper was equal to it.
60′: Ade on for Mustapha.
65″ : Yerry Mina heads a Lukman freekick only inches over the bar.
67′ : Lukman with a dangerous on the left but run blocked by Philemon.
68′ : Mieno being treated for an injury after colliding with Niasse.
70′ : Gor Mahia stringing together passes resulting in dangerous scenarios. But Ondiek is offside.
71′: Multiple substitutions. Blackberry makes way for Cercidy. Joachim Oluoch also on.
73′:Momanyi foils a dangerous run by Niasse. Sub goalkeeper Odhiambo easily collects the resulting corner.
74′ : Keeper Odhiambo one on one with Niasse, makes a excellent save.
75′: Youngster Kyle John enters in place of Jagileka
79′ Odhiambo with good positioning collects a cross from John.
81′: Butambuze with good positioning again. In the right place to foil a dangerous run from Niasse.
82′ :Odhoji on in goal.
83: Niasse a danger again but closed down by several defenders in the penalty box.
86′: Butambuze is named best player forKogalo by Yakubu. Lukman is named man of the man of the match.
87′ : Everton scores third goal due to poor communication between Odhoji and a defender. Gor Mahia have been trying to play from the back and it evetually caught up with them.
88″ Niasse finally finds the net, picking up a through ball and deftly losing a defender.
90′: Yerry Mina’s header from a free-kick is saved by Odhoji.
Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Karim Nizigiyimana, Shafik Batambuze, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava (CPT), Ernest Wendo, Samuel Onyango, Philemon Otieno, Francis Mustapha , Francis Kahata and George Odhiambo.
Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Peter Odhiambo, Charles Momanyi, Joachim Oluoch, Wesley Onguso, Wellington Ochieng, Humprey Mieno, Boniface Omondi, Lawrence Juma, Kevin Omondi, Cercidy Okeyo, Bernard Ondiek and Eliud Lokuw
Starting XI: Maarten Stekelenburg (GK), Mason Holgate, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka (CPT), Yerry Mina, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun.
Subs: Joao Virginia, James McCarthy, Oumar Niasse, Beni Baningime, Nathan Broadhead, Anthony Gordon and Kyle John.