Everton end Boreham Wood’s FA Cup run to reach quarters

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Everton end Boreham Wood’s FA Cup run to reach quarters Salomon Rondon scored twice as Everton ended Boreham Wood’s surprising FA Cup run by beating the non-league side 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals.

Boreham Wood had not conceded in the competition this season until Rondon finally created the breakthrough for Everton in the 57th minute after meeting a cross at the near post. Everton striker Richarlison had a goal ruled out by VAR before Rondon added the second with a powerful header that goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond couldn’t stop from crossing the line.

Everton will play Crystal Palace for a place in the semi-finals. The Premier League club had paid for a special one-off kit for Boreham Wood to avoid a color clash and also paid for the visitors’ travel and overnight stay.

It looked like the generosity would be extended to the pitch and Everton were rarely threatened in a poor first half, watched for the first time by new Everton director of football Kevin Thelwell. Ukraine international Vitalii Mykolenko was named Everton captain for the night and there was a poignant pre-match show of solidarity with his native country as players and officials held a banner reading Imagine Everyone , sharing with the world a line from Imagine by John Lennon which was played on the floor PA system.

The poor first-half performance persuaded manager Frank Lampard to make a half-time change and bring in Richarlison to start the attack with Nathan Patterson. Rondon missed his first good chance to score when he ran into Jonjoe Kenny’s cross but headed towards him.

Jarrad Branthwaite then offered the visitors a chance when he went straight through Tyrone Marsh and was relieved to see the Boreham Wood striker shoot just above goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. The mounting frustration subsided when Rondon made amends for their earlier setback with a well-scored goal after moving past centre-back David Stephens to convert another cross from Kenny.

Richarlison’s close-range effort was later attributed to handball after Adrian Clifton’s attempted header hit the Brazil international. But Rondon ensured there was no late drama with a header that was deemed to have crossed the line before Ashby-Hammond pulled it back.

The quarter-final draw also sees Manchester City travel to Southampton, while Chelsea travel to Middlesbrough. The final game of the round of 16 between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield will be played on Monday, with the winner facing Liverpool.

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