HomePremier LeagueMaupay goal earns Everton victory over West Ham

Maupay goal earns Everton victory over West Ham

Soccer Football – Premier League – Everton v West Ham United – Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain – September 18, 2022 Everton’s Neal Maupay celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Craig Brough.

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Neal Maupay scored his first Everton goal to lead the Merseysiders to their first Premier League win of the season with a 1-0 victory over West Ham United that sent relief around Goodison Park on Sunday.

Maupay, a recent signing from Brighton & Hove Albion, took an excellent touch from Alex Iwobi’s pass and volleyed into the back of the net from the edge of the box in the 53rd minute.

The win ends a run of four successive draws for Everton and moves them up to 13th in the standings, while West Ham remain in the bottom three with one victory from their seven games, this loss their 1000th in the top-flight.

Both teams huffed and puffed through the first half without creating much in the way of chances. Everton had the majority of possession but did not manage a single shot on target.

West Ham created a succession of corners, some that led to headed opportunities, but none had the power or direction to beat home goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who was in the side for the injured Jordan Pickford.

Maupay’s goal on 53 minutes brought relief for the home fans, but also fired West Ham into action and they struck the woodwork through substitute Said Benrahma, whose curling shot had the beating of Begovic but not the post.

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Christian Radnedge)