England FA Cup: Everton knocked out after late Luton Town goal

Everton suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Luton Town at Goodison Park in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

In what proved a tight contest between the two teams, it was the away side who drew first blood when Vitalii Mykolenko saw his attempted headed clearance from a corner deflect into the Everton net five minutes before half-time.

Everton rallied after the break and levelled the scoring when Jack Harrison’s long-distance strike squeezed under Luton’s Tim Krul.

Yet, despite late pressure from the Blues, Luton stood firm and went on to score the decisive winning goal in the 95th minute of second-half stoppage time when Cauley Woodrow poked the ball past Joao Virginia following a scramble from a corner.

Beto returned to Sean Dyche’s XI in place of the injured Andre Gomes to make his first start since December’s clash against Manchester City, and after a conservative start from both sides, we saw Everton’s attacking duo link up for the first time just as the game approached the 10th minute.

Calvert-Lewin shrugged off pressure from Luton’s Albert Sambi Lokonga to drive down the left flank before cutting inside and teeing up Beto on the edge of the box, the Portuguese forward drilled a low shot that just whisked wide of Tim Krul’s goal.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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