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 Pre-season Friendly (6); Easter Road, Glasgow; Monday 29 July 2002; 7:45pm
  O'Connor (37')
McManus (50')
Attendance: 8,325
Halftime: 1-1

Rooney (31')
Unsworth (pen:86')

Referee: Mr J Underhill

Richard Wright made his much-vaunted first appearance in an Everton shirt, and proceed to concede an equalizer after Wayne Rooney (who else?) put Everton in front.   

Things got a little heated in the second half after sub (Mick?) McManus scored moments after coming on for Hibs, and then pinned Rooney with a traditional leg-lock.  Both players were booked and Rooney was, er, withdrawn a minute later.  Gravesen was also booked as Everton presumably showed some much wanted aggression and will to win, despite this being a meaningless friendly.  

It was the True Blue, David Unsworth who leveled the score and saved the blue blushes as he hammered home a penalty near the end.


Match Facts
Hibernian (4-4-2)
Green shirts, white shorts, green socks
Orman (32' Doumbe)
Smith (73' Hilland)
Townsley (77' Byle)
Brebner (46' McManus)
Arpinon (69' Whittaker)
Luna  (66' Nicol)

Subs Not Used:  Caig

Yellow Cards: McManus

Red Cards:

Everton (4-4-2)
Blue shirts, blue shorts, blue socks
Stubbs (58' Naysmith)
Pistone (21' Loumpoutis)
Gravesen (71' Pembridge)
Linderoth (58' Carsley)
Rooney (63' McLeod)
Radzinski (58' Campbell)

Subs Not Used:
Simonsen, Hibbert

Yellow Cards: Rooney

Red Cards:


(Injured:) Watson, Ferguson, 
Yobo, Gemmill, Chadwick
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1': Wright has his first touch of the ball as an Everton player, clearing to safety.

5': Glancing header from Radzinski just wide after Unsworth found him with a cross from the left.

8': Said tries his luck from the edge of the area but it goes horribly wrong and the ball almost makes contact with the corner flag.

12': Hibs put the Blues under a spell of sustained pressure.

15': Rooney wins the ball on the edge of the area, manages to get a cross in but no Blue shirt connects.

15': Garry O'Connor shot saved by Wright.

16': Gravesen puts Radzinski through who forces a good save from their keeper.

18': Weir dispossessed by Luna but Pistone recovers and clears any potential danger.

21': Pistone off and is replaced by Greek trialist Konstantinos Loumpoutis.

22': Said cross from right, flicked on by Radzinski to Rooney, whose shot is easily saved.

25': Hibs pushing forward and after a mad dash in the area the ball comes out to Murray who drives a low hard shot just wide of Wright's goal.

30': Excellent play from Rooney and Radzinski.  The Canadian has his shot saved and Rooney's follow up is deflected for a corner.

31': 1-0. Rooney adds to his pre-season tally off Alexandersson's corner, the ball slipping past the keeper from what looked like the youngster's shoulder.

36': Rooney turns defender on edge of the area but shoots wide.

37': 1-1.  Stubbs mistake.  He tries to head the ball back to Wright, while under pressure from O'Connor.  The Hibs player wins the challenge with the former Celtic star and blasts the ball past the keeper for the equaliser.

50': Substitute McManus makes an immediate impact, connecting with a through ball from Arpinon he blast the ball to the side on Wright and into the goal.

58': Campbell, Naysmith, Carsley on; Radzinski, Stubbs and Linderoth off.

60': Campbell header wide.

63': Rooney booked after becoming involved in a scrimmage with McManus.  He is substituted 60 seconds later.

71': Gravesen join his young colleague after his name is taken by the referee.

75': O'Connor fires into side netting.

86': Unsworth fires home a penalty after handball from Doumbe.


Another stop on what is turning out to be a long pre season tour, not since the days of Mike Walker & Howard Kendall have we been on such a tour, anyway we get to have a look at our new keeper Richard Wright tonight, in from the start which is a good thing, Gerrard & Simonsen will have to battle it out for the number two slot.

Up front Rooney & Radzinski, between them have scored 12 goals whilst we have been on tour, oh for that form to continue during the season.

Hibernian look to be the best side we have played so far, plenty of action the best on 22 min's Said who from the right back position like to push forward, he crossed in to the box, Radzinski a nice flick into the path of Unsworth only for Rooney to steal the ball off his foot, his shot had no power on it.

Just before the goal Gravesen had another of his great runs from midfield both Radzinski & Rooney could have scored but for some good blocking in the six yard area, the ball out for a corner which Alexandersson fired in, which Rooney with the header to open the scoring.

The lead lasted just 6 min's, A long ball from the back, O'Connor ran a Stubbs who tried to head the ball back to his keeper, he fell, and with Wright holding his position, pushed the ball to his right, on the balance of play it was fair to go in at half time 1-1.

Five minutes into the second half, McManus let fly after taking the ball in his stride 30 yard's out, then from the edge of the area shoots leaving Wright with no chance.

On the hour mark the normal substitutions took place, Campbell who had been on about 60 seconds was in the box unmarked, ball in from Alexandersson, with a FREE header put it well wide.

On 61 minutes we had a little bit of a fracas involving 18 players, at the end Rooney saw himself booked along with McManus.

McLeod had a great chance, put in by Campbell his back to goal just over the half way line, put McLeod in, ran at the defender, out paced him, the keeper denying him the goal by putting the ball around the post.

The equaliser came via a penalty, Alexandersson with a corner deep in the box, Doumbe thought he was in goal, clear pen, Unsworth left footed drives the ball with power to make it undefeated in 6 pre season games..

Steve Milne

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