Despite a poor first half when Evergreen should have punished the home side Eagles managed a comfortable win against their visitors who they beat 6-2 in a league fixture the previous Saturday.
For the first 20 minutes neither side threatened their opponent’s goal but Evergreen did get the ball in the net from a clever chipped shot from 25 yards over the head of stand in keeper Paul McGennity, but the goal was ruled out for offside. McGennity then had to save a shot from 10 yards with his knees, with Eagles offering little in return except a shot from Sam Day which passed over the crossbar. McGennity was called into action again to block a shot at the foot of a post, and the resulting corner was put just over the crossbar from a few yards out.
Suddenly Eagles emerged from their lethargy and scored twice in 5 minutes just before half time.. First Josh Butani scored with a shot from the edge of the penalty area and soon after Carl Williams cleverly beat an opponent before rifling the ball low into the corner of the net from 8 yards.
After the break Iggy Thorne soon broke clear of the visitors defence but shot just wide. Eagles applied the pressure but could not score more goals.. A high cross from Sam Gittings into the penalty area was put just wide by Day from a few yards out, and Marcus Brown glanced a direct free kick by Ryan Ellis just wide from close range. On the hour Eagles did manage to get the ball in the net when Jamie Platt scored with a shot from the edge of the penalty area after good work by Lee Pateman to set up the chance.
This was followed by a fourth goal when the Evergreen keeper saved from Day but could only push the ball clear to an Eagles player. The next shot rebounded off a defender to Williams who easily netted his second goal with a low shot into the corner of the net. Evergreen relied in high balls out defence to counterattack and scored with such a move finished by a low shot which gave McGennity no chance after 80 minutes. They almost got a second a few minutes after when the Eagles keeper slipped when taking a free kick, the ball going straight to an unmarked opponent about 25 yards from goal. McGennity redeemed himself with an excellent save with body and legs, and saw the rebound hit over the crossbar.
In the final minute Williams almost got his hat trick with a cheeky chip over the keeper from outside the penalty area, but the ball failed to drop soon enough and passed inches over the visitors cross bar.