Report: Blues Run Riot In Boss Silva's First Game

Everton brushed aside Austrian outfit ATV Irdning 22-0 in Marco Silva’s maiden match as Blues manager.

Leighton Baines, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Cenk Tosun (4), Ademola Lookman (3), Kevin Mirallas (5), Oumar Niasse (4) and Nikola Vlasic (2) were on the scoresheet as the Blues rounded off their successful week-long training camp with a routine win.

Altogether, 22 members of the playing squad got minutes under their belts, with manager Silva making 10 changes at half-time.

The only player to play more than 45 minutes was the impressive Kieran Dowell who was a constant source of creativity in his 66 minutes on the field.

Baines opened the scoring on five minutes, sliding into turn in a low cross from the left by the aforementioned Dowell. 

The England youth international was the provider for the second and third goals of the afternoon too, playing in a left-wing free kick that was tapped in by Holgate, before sending in another wide delivery - this time from a corner - which was powerfully nodded in by Keane.

Tosun then got in on the action with two close-range finishes to make the score 5-0 with only a quarter of an hour played.

Lookman, playing from the left flank, notched a quick-fire double to extend the lead to 7-0 with two well taken strikes, the first of which came about after a jinking dart inside.

Tosun completed his hat-trick on the half-hour mark, as did Lookman five minutes later. And in added time at the end of the first period, Tosun walked in his fourth of the afternoon to give the Blues a lead in double figures at the interval.

Silva replaced everyone but Dowell at the start of the second half. One of those to enter the fray was Mirallas - and he ran amok by scoring four goals within a quarter of an hour of the restart.

The Belgian tapped in Niasse’s cross for his first, capitalised on a defensive lapse for his second, wrong-footed the Irdning keeper with a 25-yard free-kick to complete a hat-trick, then danced in from the left to notch a fourth.

Niasse converted Everton’s 15th and 17th goals of the game, sandwiching Vlasic’s neat run-and-finish.

In the closing stages, Mirallas pounced inside the six-yard box to grab his fifth, Sebastian Schmidt scored a comical own goal with a 25-yard lob into his own net, Vlasic capitalised on some defensive confusion, before Niasse completed the scoring with two tap-ins to complete the scoring in a 22-0 victory. 

The only members of the travelling party not to play a part in the win were Beni Baningime and Theo Walcott (both due to minor ankle knocks), Davy Klaassen (stiffness), Yannick Bolasie (stomach bug) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (continued recovery from a back injury).

Several hundred fans watched on from the sidelines at scenic ATV Arena, situated deep in the Alpine valleys of central Austria. A number of those spectators proudly wore their Everton shirts - a commendable effort considering the nearest international airports are in Salzburg and Graz, both located over 130km away from the town of Irdning.

The squad will fly home on Saturday evening and continue preparations for the new season back in England, with a trip to Gigg Lane to face Bury on Wednesday next on the itinerary. 

Everton team first half: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Baines, Schneiderlin, Davies, Lookman, Sandro, Dowell, Tosun.

Everton team second half: Hewelt, Williams, Jagielka, Robinson, Kenny, Connolly, Niasse, Besic, Vlasic, Dowell (Martina 66), Mirallas.

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