Everton nearly squandered a 3-0 lead although they rallied to beat a battling Bournemouth 6-3 in Saturday's English Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
- Everton 6 Bournemouth 3
- Lukaku gets a brace and McCarthy adds another
- King bags two in the second half
- Lukaku hits goal three and four late on
- Arter scrambles home a late third
- Ross Barkley makes it six
Everton were in complete control in the first half and led 3-0 at the break thanks to two goals from Romelu Lukaku and one from James McCarthy.
Joshua King's brace brought Bournemouth back into the contest in the second half although they were leaving gaps as they chased an equaliser. Lukaku caught them on the break as he added his third and fourth strikes. Ross Barkley sealed the points in injury time.
Everton came out of the blocks quickly and would take the lead in the first minute after James McCarthy set up Romelu Lukaku. The striker took it past a defender before finishing brilliantly with his left foot from the edge of the box.
The Toffees were in complete control during the first half with Bournemouth offering virtually no threat in attack. The dominance would count when McCarthy made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute after being set up well by Lukaku. After his first time effort was blocked, the midfielder was fortunate to see the rebound hit his legs and go into the net past a wrong-footed Artur Boruc.
Everton continued to pile forward as the Cherries just did not seem to be at the races. In the 29th minute Simon Francis presented a gift for Lukaku to complete his brace. The defender attempted to pass the ball back to his keeper from the right back position, but he laid it on a plate to the forward who dinked it over Boruc into the back of the net.
After the interval, Bournemouth did show improvement and were rewarded in the 59th minute when Jack Wilshere's superb pass picked out Joshua King and he brought it down to poke it past Joel Robles. However, moments later it should have been 4-1 when McCarthy was put through on goal but his shot was saved by Boruc before dropping to Ademola Lookman who volleyed it into the side-netting.
Nonetheless, a revitalised Bournemouth were back in the contest in the 70th minute when King got his second from Ryan Fraser's excellent cross. The visitors were flying forward and Marc Pugh nearly grabbed an equaliser soon after when he fired just wide from the left hand side. Harry Arter then forced Robles into a diving save in the 75th minute.
Yet, the away side were leaving gaps at the back and Lukaku made them pay when grabbed his hat trick from close range after Seamus Coleman's excellent cross. A minute later he got his fourth when he ran through on goal to fire past the keeper with great confidence and precision. Arter then grabbed a third goal for the fighting Cherries after he was able to scramble home an effort in the 90th minute.
However, Ross Barkley scored Everton's sixth in injury time when he sprang clear, rounded the goalkeeper and rolled the ball home to complete a nine goal thriller on Merseyside.
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