Everton stroll past Dunfermline

Dunfermline 0 Everton 3

Dunfermline 0 Everton 3

Everton midfielder Gary Naysmith gratefully accepted his opportunity to impress Scotland manager Berti Vogts with a perfectly executed opening goal in the friendly win at Dunfermline.

The former Hearts man forced his way past Lee Bullen to clip the ball beyond Tars goalkeeper Marco Ruitenbeek as Vogts watched from the East End Park stand.

Naysmith grabbed his chance in the 18th minute to put last season’s ankle injury woes behind him.

Thomas Gravesen scored a second for the Blues in the 74th minute after good work by Tobias Linderoth.

Then Kevin Campbell added a third with nine minutes remaining.

Tomasz Radzinski almost embarrassed the home side after just 10 seconds but could only put the ball wide of the post.

But it was Naysmith who provided the opener when he held off Bullen and placed the ball beyond Ruitenbeek in the 18th minute.

Naysmith almost grabbed a second after a good Steve Watson run but Bullen cleared with the Scotland international lurking.

At the other end Paul Gerrard did well to hold a point blank Craig Brewster header as new signing Richard Wright looked on.

Dunfermline opened the second half in determined fashion and were unfortunate not to equalise in the 52nd minute.

Scott Thomson raced past Tony Hibbert to the byline to lay the ball off to Gary Dempsey but the former Goodison man saw his effort cannon off the crossbar before Steve Crawford volleyed just over.

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