Carlisle 0-3 Everton: Kone, Lennon and Barkley fire the Toffees into the fifth round of the FA Cup

first_imgEverton cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup after putting three past Carlisle United at Brunton Park.Arouna Koné, Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley got their names on the scoresheet, in a comfortable victory over the League Two outfit.It took only 90 seconds for the Toffees to stamp their authority on the game, and striker Koné – getting a rare start ahead of Romelu Lukaku – got the first goal of the game.Aaron Lennon surged into the box on the right flank, squaring the ball to Koné at the back post, who had the simplest of openings to tap home.Carlisle striker Derek Asamoah could have equalised for the hosts after two fine opportunities, gifted to him by sloppy Toffees defending, but he lacked composure.But only a few minutes later, Everton doubled their lead when Lennon – turning from provider to finisher – got his name on the scoresheet.After sublime play from Ross Barkley and Bryan Oviedo, the latter delivered a cross to former Tottenham Hotspur winger Lennon, whose excellent touch took him away from Mark Ellis, providing the space to then slot the ball into the back of the net.Despite the scoreline, Carlisle kept plugging away, with Asamoah continuing to look dangerous, while Toffees errors at the back awarded the League Two side plenty of set piece opportunities.They weren’t able to grasp their chances, though, leaving Everton in firm control at the break.While some may have looked back at Bradford City’s Cup heroics at Stamford Bridge last season, when they came from two goals down to seal a 4-2 victory over Chelsea, to show that anything can happen in the FA Cup, in truth the tie felt virtually done and dusted at the break.The hosts did emerge from the dressing room eager to ruffle the feathers of their Premier League opponents, but Carlisle’s resolve was finally halted by Ross Barkley.The England international was causing plenty of problems and, with little over 20 minutes to go, his powerful effort from 20 yards deflected off the head of Ellis, leaving Mark Gillespie helpless to stop the strike from hitting the back of the net.To their credit, the Cumbrians searched for a consolation goal, but their attempts proved fruitless as Everton emerged from their Brunton Park test with a clean sheet.After a disappointing run in the Premier League and a controversial exit in the League Cup this week, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez could hardly have asked for more. 1 Everton cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup last_img read more

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