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Everton 3-1 Oldham Athletic

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Baines: Converted from the spot

Baines: Converted from the spot

Everton progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in their fifth round replay at Goodison Park on Tuesday evening.

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A first half goal from Kevin Mirallas and a Leighton Baines penalty gave the Toffees the lead at the half-time break, before Leon Osman added another to secure the rout.

David Moyes' men were on top for the majority of the first period against their League One opponents and were good value for their lead at the interval.

Oldham looked sharp early in the second half but the hosts extended their lead and booked a sixth round tie against Premier League rivals Wigan, despite a consolation goal from Matt Smith.

Everton took the lead on 15 minutes when Darron Gibson's ball in from the right was met by Mirallas at the front post and he slotted home from close range.

Oldham almost responded immediately, but Jose Baxter was unfortunate after seeing his effort from the edge of the area beat the diving Tim Howard, only to bounce off the inside of the post before being cleared.

The Latics were denied a good penalty shout when Phil Jagielka's attempted clearance hit the hand of team-mate Gibson inside the Toffees' area but the referee waved play on.

Baines tried his luck from distance on 28 minutes, but Dean Bouzanis didn't take any risks as he pushed the effort wide of the post.

However, it was 2-0 on 34 minutes when Baines scored from the penalty spot following a handball by Connor Brown as he attempted to cut out a cross into the Oldham area.

The Latics came out looking more purposeful after the break and a low cross from Robbie Simpson was put past his own goal by Phil Neville in the 56th minute.

However, Oldham's promising start to the half came to a shuddering halt on 62 minutes when a Steven Pienaar cross was headed towards goal by Osman, Nikica Jelavic's failed attempt to get on the end of it clearly put off Bouzanis as the ball bounced past him and into the net.

The three-goal lead only last two minutes when substitute Smith, who scored Oldham's last-gasp equaliser in the original tie at Boundary Park, got up highest to head in a corner from close range.

Seamus Coleman looked to grab a fourth for the Toffees but flashed an effort just wide on 66 minutes as the Premier League side comfortably held on to progress to the quarter-finals.

Posted: 27/02/13 09:11

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