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Eagles comfortably beat a limp Evergreen side to proceed to the next round of the competition.
In the first half hour neither side seriously threatened the opposition keeper but Eagles then went ahead when Sam Nicholls collected a cross from Carl Williams and neatly chipped the ball into the net from near the penalty spot. He almost scored a second goal immediately after when he raced clear of the Evergreen defence down the centre of the field and placed the ball wide of both the advancing keeper and a post.
Evergreen mounted the odd counter attack but wasted a good opportunity to equalise when the ball was screwed wide of a post from a good position within the Eagles penalty area. A direct free kick was then headed straight at Eagles keeper Paul McGennity with the whole goal to aim at.
After half time eagles were far more energised and dominated possession as well as creating plenty of goal chances. River Amis- Robinson was unlucky to see a header just clear the crossbar, and soon after almost turned provider when he turned several defenders on the edge of the Evergreen penalty area and fed the ball to Williams, whose shot was wide. He again threatened when he picked up a clever pas by Charlie Thake and burst through a static defence, only for the visiting keeper to make a magnificent save to deflect the ball wide of goal.
On the hour the second goal finally came when Joe Tyler pushed the ball into the net from close range after a cross by Williams not cleared by the Evergreen defence.. It was then 3-0 when a corner by man of the match Paul Morris was headed into the net from close range by Michael Deakin. Soon after Williams hit the crossbar with a shot from over 20 yards with the keeper beaten.
Evergreen had a few chances as Eagles pressed up field and should have scored with a break down the centre of the field but with only keeper McGennity to beat the ball was pushed too far ahead and he was able to gather. McGennity also had to make an excellent save to push a shot wide of his near post. Thake cleverly flicked the ball over the head of defender but his shot was partly blocked by another Evergreen player and the keeper was able to drop on the loose ball.
Eagles sealed the result when a cross from Williams was headed powerfully into the visitor’s net by sub Cameron Omar despite a great effort by the keeper to keep the ball out of his net. Eagles finished strongly after Evergreen were reduced to10 men following a physical assault on Omar. Williams was left unmarked but headed a cross from sub Ben Southby straight at the keeper with the goal gaping.