Preston North End 0 Everton 3

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Preston North End were well beaten by Everton in their pre-season friendly clash at Deepdale on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Jermaine Beckford (2) and Louis Saha gave David Moyes’ side a deserved victory.

Everton had largely bossed the first half, with Andrew Lonergan making three good saves from Saha while the Frenchman also hit the post.

But three goals in a 15-minute spell saw the visitors from Merseyside take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Beckford, on as a half-time substitute, struck twice either side of Saha’s strike.

Everton looked several classes above Blackburn who North End had impressively beaten 3-0 five days earlier.

In the seventh minute, Adam Barton broke into the box and saw two goalbound shots cleared by Phil Jagielka.

Lonergan pushed a ninth-minute shot from Saha around the near post, then the striker sent a scissor-kick flashing inches wide.

After quarter of an hour, Lonergan dived to comfortably gather Saha’s low drive from outside the box.

Then the PNE keeper produced his best save to push away a 25-yard belter from Saha.

Just past the half hour mark, Paul Hayes drilled a low effort wide after being played in by Paul Parry.

But the majority of the play was going towards the Preston box, Jack Rodwell and Mikel Arteta sending shots narrowly wide.

Two minutes before the interval, Saha’s shot on the turn from just inside the box came back off the far post.

In the opening exchanges of the second half, Barton drove a first-time shot from 20 yards inches over the bar.

The teenager was the afternoon’s highlight from North End’s point of view, looking assured in the engine room.

Everton took a 57th minute lead, Jagielka’s pass sending Beckford clear of the PNE defence.

The summer signing from Leeds showed a cool head to run through and slide a low shot past the advancing Lonergan.

North End responded to the goal with a double substitution and change of formation, Chris Brown and Paul Parry replaced by Keith Treacy and Conor McLaughlin.

McLaughlin went to left-back, allowing Billy Jones to switch into the centre of midfield, with Paul Coutts pushed up to play behind Hayes.

The visitors came close to doubling their lead in the 65th minute, Diniyar Bilyaetdinov putting a full-blooded volley inches wide at the back post after being picked out by Magaye Guage’s cross.

But they weren’t to be denied a second goal a minute later, Saha drilling home a low shot from the edge of the box.

Saha then turned provider in the 72nd minute, chipping the ball over the Preston defence for Beckford to volley home his second of the afternoon in emphatic style.

The woodwork denied Beckford a hat-trick 12 minutes from time, his angled shot hitting the far post.

Darren Ferguson included four of his summer signings in the North End squad.

David Gray, Craig Morgan and Hayes were named in the starting line-up, and rookie goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou was on the bench.

Wayne Brown missed out after suffering a minor hip injury, while Matt James is away with the England Under-19s.

Barton recovered from a groin strain to take his place in the centre of midfield, and there was a return on the wing for Parry.

PNE: Lonergan, Gray, St Ledger, Morgan, Jones, Mayor, Barton, Coutts, Parry, Hayes, C Brown. Subs: Treacy, McLaughlin, Collins, Wright, Proctor, Douglas, Arestidou.

Everton: Turner, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Arteta, Neville, Rodwell, Saha, Guaye. Subs: Beckford, Coleman, Vaughan, Silva, Mustafi, Forshaw, Baxter, Wallace.

Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorks)

Attendance: 9,153