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Oldham Athletic 2-2 Everton


Smith: Last second equaliser

Smith: Last second equaliser

Oldham Athletic scored a last minute goal at Boundary Park to earn a 2-2 draw and force a replay against Everton in the FA Cup fifth round.


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The hosts took the early lead when Jordan Obita broke free of the Everton defence to open the scoring. The Toffees were level again soon after through Victor Anichebe in the 24th minute.

The Merseysiders netted again to take the lead, Phil Jagielka nodding home shortly after the second half.

But there was late drama when Oldham scored the equaliser in the final seconds of the game. Throwing everyone forward for the corner, Matt Smith rose above the defenders to head home past a stranded Tim Howard.

Everton were the dominant side the in the opening ten minutes as they pegged Oldham back into their own half.

However, the opening goal of the game came against the run of play on 13 minutes when Lee Croft broke away down the right hand side and played a ball across the edge of the area, which found the run of Obita who side-footed home at the far post.

The hosts threatened again minutes later, but this time goalscorer Obita could only hit the post with a deflected shot from 20 yards.

The Toffees took their chance to level when Anichebe received the ball on the edge of the area and struck the ball on the half volley past Bouzanis in the Latics goal to equalise.

Straight after the break David Moyes' men took the lead when Jagielka nodded home a Kevin Mirallas corner from inside the six yard area. Despite the Premier League side going in front, Oldham remained in control for most of the second half.

The Toffees did get a chance to put the game beyond the League One outfit when Nikica Jelavic was put through on goal, but the Croatia international could only watch as his shot blazed over the crossbar.

The Latics had numerous chances to level the scores and finally got a breakthrough in the 94th minute when substitute Smith rose highest to head home a corner and send the two sides into a replay at Goodison Park.

Posted: 16/02/13 20:10

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