Everton became the fifth English side to win the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group on Sunday evening, defeating Fulham 2-1 in the final at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.
A brace from striker Delial Brewster provided Everton with both of their goals on the night, while a late strike from substitute Elijah Adebayo was Fulham’s lone consolation.
The first half was dominated by the Toffees and played almost exclusively in Fulham’s own half. Brewster was immediately at the center of the Everton attack, showing good skill and build-up play around the penalty box.
Brewster’s fellow strike partner, Nathan Broadhead, looked equally dangerous for the Blues, as he curled a free kick over the bar on 23 minutes.
It was the Broadhead-Brewster partnership that resulted in Everton’s first goal, which came just before the half-hour mark. A powerful header from Broadhead evaded the reach of Fulham goalkeeper Magnus Norman and smashed off the underside of the bar. Brewster was on hand to clean up the rebound though, easily finishing into the net to put Everton 1-0 up.
Fulham meanwhile struggled to get anything positive going in the first half of play, failing to register a shot on target. Their best moment came through midfielder Lucas de la Torre, whose outside-foot volley sailed over the goal of Benjamin Pierce from distance.
Everton could have rightly had a penalty opportunity in the dying minutes of the first half as well, but Brewster was shown a yellow card instead for simulation.
Stephen Humphrys had scored for Fulham in each of their four previous Dr Pepper Dallas Cup matches this year, and his ambitious overhead kick attempt early in the second half signaled Fulham’s increasing attacking threat. Marlon Fossey also appeared dangerous when coming forward from defense for the Cottagers, who sought an equalizer as the hour mark arrived.
Joshua Walker was unable to volley past an on-rushing Pierce for Fulham, and Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson had a low-drive pushed wide by the Everton goalkeeper as well.
Fulham were made to rue their missed opportunities on 71 minutes, when Brewster added his second of the match. A fine, powerful strike while going away from goal beat Norman to his left side and gave Everton a two goal cushion.
Adebayo, who had come on in the 63rd minute, granted Fulham a lifeline with six minutes to play. A quick strike following a smart turn went through Pierce and into the net to cut the deficit to one.
However that’s as close as Fulham would get, with Everton holding on through three minutes of stoppage time to claim their first Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group championship.