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Half-Time Report: Kevin Mirallas gives Everton lead

Kevin Mirallas scores a fine solo goal to give Everton a 1-0 lead over Stoke City at the halfway stage of their Premier League match this afternoon.

Everton have taken a 1-0 lead into half time of their Premier League match against Stoke City at Goodison Park this evening, courtesy of a Kevin Mirallas goal.

Victor Anichebe has a shot on goal against Stoke on March 30, 2013© PA Photos

The visitors almost made a perfect start to the match when Jonathan Walters came close after just five minutes. The Irishman had the goal at his mercy from six yards out, but clattered his shot against the bar when under pressure from a defender.

Everton had to wait until the 14th minute for their first meaningful strike at goal. It came through Victor Anichebe, whose shot from 30 yards out bounced comfortably into the hands of Asmir Begovic.

Begovic was called upon six minutes later when Leighton Baines found Nikica Jelavic unmarked inside the box, but he could only direct his header straight at the Stoke keeper when he should have done better.

There was nothing Begovic could do about Everton's opener, however, as Mirallas calmly slotted the ball past him to finish off a fine solo effort having run with it from the edge of his own penalty area.

The hosts almost doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Jelavic powered a free kick towards goal, but Begovic scurried across his goal to keep the ball out.

Mirallas came close to getting another just before the break when he found space to shoot on the edge of the area, but his dragged shot ended up wide of the mark.

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas celebrates scoring the opening goal in the FA Cup 5th round replay against Oldham on February 26, 2013
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