Everton end Boreham Wood's fairytale run to reach FA Cup quarterfinals


Salomon Rondon gives Everton the lead over Boreham

Salomon Rondon slots home the goal in the second half to give Everton the lead over Boreham Wood.

Salomon Rondon scored twice as Premier League Everton made heavy weather of beating fifth-tier Boreham Wood 2-0 in their FA Cup fifth-round clash at a rain-soaked Goodison Park on Thursday.

Everton, who will travel to Crystal Palace in the quarterfinals, made their Ukraine left back Vitali Mykolenko captain and fielded a much-changed team against the National League side. All four quarterfinals can be watched on ESPN+ in the U.S.

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They were frustrated until the 57th minute when Jonjoe Kenny slid in a low cross for Rondon to score at the near post, and the Venezuelan netted his second late on with a header.

Everton created little in the first half as their delivery from wide areas was poor. Mykolenko forced a good save from Taye Ashby-Hammond in the Boreham Wood goal and the keeper had to keep out a curling effort from the excellent Anthony Gordon.

The home side were brighter in the second half and Rondon had a simple headed chance from Kenny's delivery that he put over the crossbar, before the same two players combined for the opening goal.

In the other quarterfinals, Liverpool travel to Nottingham Forest or Huddersfield Town and Chelsea go to giant-killers Middlesbrough. Southampton host Manchester City in an all-Premier League clash