Everton Advances to F.A. Cup Quarterfinals by Beating Oldham 3-1
Everton advanced to English soccer’s F.A. Cup quarterfinals for the third time in five seasons with a 3-1 win against lower-league Oldham.
Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and Leon Osman scored last night at Goodison Park before Matt Smith got Oldham’s goal as Everton won for the first time in five matches. The fifth-round contest was replayed after the teams drew 2-2 on Feb. 16.
Everton, which won the last of its five titles in England’s elite cup competition in 1995, will host fellow Premier League team Wigan on March 9 in the last eight. The Toffees reached the semifinals last season and were runners-up to Chelsea in 2009.
“We’ve gone close a couple of times so it’s whetted the appetite and we want to go that bit further and win something,” Baines said in a televised interview. “Because we are at home against Wigan we will be favorites, but we’ve had tough games with them over the last few years.”
Mirallas put Everton ahead in the 15th minute last night when he guided Darron Gibson’s pass into the net. Baines doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 34th minute and Osman made it 3-0 with a flicked header in the 62nd minute. Smith, whose stoppage-time goal in the first game had forced the replay, completed the scoring two minutes later.
Oldham, which plays in the third-tier League One, was the lowest-ranked team left in the competition. The Latics upset Liverpool in the previous round and had their best F.A. Cup run since reaching the semifinals in 1994.
The remaining fifth-round match will be played today as defending champion Chelsea travels to Middlesbrough. The winner advances to play Manchester United on March 10 at Old Trafford.
In the other quarterfinals, Manchester City hosts Barnsley and Blackburn travels to fellow Championship team Millwall.