FA Cup - Everton cruise to Oldham cup win

FA Cup fifth round replay, Goodison Park - Everton 3 (Mirallas 15, Baines 34, Osman 62 ) Oldham 1 (Smith 64)

FA Cup - Everton cruise to Oldham cup win

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas scores against Oldham (Reuters)

Everton surged into the last eight of the FA Cup after a comfortable 3-1 win over Oldham in a fifth round replay at Goodison Park.

The impressive Kevin Mirallas fired home the opener on 15 minutes before Leighton Baines doubled the advantage with a penalty just after the half hour mark.

Oldham playmaker Jose Baxter saw a shot crash back off the post against his former employers with the score at 1-0 while Darron Gibson was lucky to survive a spot-kick shout.

Leon Osman then clinched victory with a clever flick header on the hour mark as Everton kept alive David Moyes's dream of landing his first trophy in the Goodison hot-seat.

Substitute Matt Smith pulled one back almost immediately with a simple header from a corner but it was too little, too late for the visitors.

The Toffees will now face a quarter-final showdown at home to Wigan on March 9.

The Latics arrived at Goodison Park on the back of a four-match unbeaten run and hopeful of producing another major shock in this season's competition.

The League One outfit disposed of Everton's neighbours Liverpool in the previous round and earned a lucrative replay against the Toffees courtesy of Smith's last-gasp equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Boundary Park 10 days earlier.

The Merseysiders' defeat at Norwich at the weekend stretched their winless streak to five matches but Moyes's men would still have been confident of completing the task in hand as they made a fast start in front of their home crowd.

The Blues quickly got a grip of the game and on 15 minutes they grabbed the early goal that helped settle any nerves.

Gibson sent in an inviting cross from the right for Mirallas to meet on the run and divert a low shot beyond Dean Bouzanis.

Oldham responded and it was almost a fairytale return for former Toffees playmaker Baxter just seconds later.

The midfielder took advantage of a mix-up in the Everton rearguard to seize possession and curl a delightful shot beyond Tim Howard but back off the far post.

The Latics then had a big penalty appeal turned down when Gibson appeared to handle after Phil Jagielka crashed a clearance into the Irish star.

It would prove to be a big turning point and, after Nikica Jelavic had his own shout for a spot-kick waved away, the Blues doubled their advantage just after the half hour mark.

Seamus Coleman crossed from the right and although Jelavic appeared to be felled, it was the handball by Connor Brown that saw the hosts awarded a penalty.

Baines stepped up and lashed home the second despite seeing Bouzanis get a strong hand on it.

Everton continued to look the more likely after the restart and Jagielka blazed over after Mirallas's left-wing cross had caused confusion in the area.

The visitors attempted to rally and a double substitution gave them a lift that saw them go close through Baxter and Lee Croft.

However, any hopes of recovery were ended when Everton made it three just beyond the hour.

Steven Pienaar teased a cross in from the left and Osman was there to flick it back across goal and in at the far post.

The Latics had brought a vocal support and they did give them some reward for their efforts when they pulled one back through Smith, the hero of the first game at Boundary Park.

Oldham continued to probe but it was Everton who almost added a fourth late on when Gibson steered well over after a neat exchange between Pienaar and Mirallas.


Kevin Mirallas - Everton: Capped a superb all-round display with his first goal in five months to get the ball rolling for the home team.

EVERTON: Howard 6, Neville 6, Baines 7, Gibson 6, Jagielka 6, Jelavic 6, Mirallas 8, Distin 6, Osman 7, Pienaar 6, Coleman 7. Subs: Naismith 4, Hitzlsperger 4.

OLDHAM: Bouzanis 6, Brown 5, Grounds 6, M'Voto 5, Tarkowski 5, Croft 6, Furman 5, Iwelumo 5, Obita 5, Barnard 5, Baxter 6. Subs: Simpson 5, Smith 6, Wesolowski 5.


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