Saturday 25 November 2017

Coleman on the mark as Toffees cruise past Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town 1 Everton 5

Seamus Coleman scored the goal of the night as Everton reaped the rewards of fielding a virtual full-strength side to cruise into the FA Cup fourth round.

Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring after 12 minutes and Leighton Baines doubled Everton's lead seven minutes later from the penalty spot.

Leon Osman made it 3-0 early in the second period and, after Russell Penn pulled one back, Coleman and Marouane Fellaini completed Everton's nap hand.

David Moyes' side will now visit the winners of next week's Sunderland v Bolton replay at the Stadium Of Light in the fourth round.


Moyes paid Cheltenham the compliment of parading eight of the line-up that started the 2-1 mid-week win at Newcastle in the league.

Everton's decisive start to the game, coupled with the powerful nature of the team, ensured there was little chance of a shock result.

Fellaini was a constant threat in a free role while full-backs Coleman and Baines got forward to good effect.

But promotion-chasing Cheltenham showed plenty of fight with Penn and Darren Carter impressing in midfield.

Coleman's fine goal, Everton's fourth of the night, re-establishing a three-goal lead, capped off an impressive performance from the young Irishman.

He burst into the box and dinked the ball over Brown after exchanging passes with Victor Anichebe.

Irish Independent

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