Everton cruise past Carlisle test

Everton put their name into the hat for the draw for the FA Cup fifth round after cruising to a routine 3-0 win over Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Sunday.

  • Carlisle United 0 Everton 3
  • Kone fires home after two minutes
  • Lennon adds a second soon after
  • Carlisle put up decent fight
  • Barkley puts tie beyond doubt

Match Summary

The Toffees wasted no time at all in asserting themselves on the game, with Aaron Lennon teeing up Arouna Kone to fire home the opener from close range after less than 120 seconds.

Lennon then turned scorer to make it 2-0 with only 14 minutes gone on the clock, and although the Cumbrians offered some resistance, Ross Barkley's goal after 65 minutes ended any hopes of a comeback.

Full Report

It took the visitors less than two minutes to find the opening goal, with Lennon latching onto a simple ball over the top of the defence before squaring for Kone, who duly fired home past the goalkeeper.

Carlisle looked to work their way back into the game and came close through Derek Asamoah, who almost made the most of a defensive slip, but the forward saw his shot from a tight angle neatly turned away by Joel Robles.

The hosts were soon made to pay for that miss as Everton added a second, Bryan Oviedo exchanging passes with Barkley before firing a low ball into the area, which Lennon smartly controlled before rolling his shot into the back of the net.

Kone almost added a sensational third shortly before half-time after going for a spectacular first-time volley, but the striker didn't quite get his technique right and Mark Gillespie was able to make an easy save.

Both sides started the second half brightly, with Carlisle going close through Asamoah's shot, which just deflected wide for a corner, while Michael Raynes prevented the Merseysiders from making it 3-0 just before the hour mark with a brilliant piece of defending to deny Seamus Coleman.

Everton would eventually get their third, though, and in some style as Barkley collected the ball some 25 yards out before unleashing a blistering drive which took a deflection on its way past the keeper.

The home fans looked to finally have something to cheer about in the final five minutes as the ball broke through for Antony Sweeney, but Robles managed to keep his concentration through to the end to rush off his line and just smother the danger.