By Michael Cox
Everton progressed through to the FA Cup quarter-finals for the fourth time in the last five years with finishes from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku capping off a 2-0 win denying Bournemouth a place in the last eight.
Bournemouth looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck on 37 minutes when James McCarthy’s handball gave Charlie Daniels a chance from the penalty spot. In favour Everton keeper, Joel Robles, gave his side a lifeline, proving equal to Daniels’ effort.
Everton flew out of the blocks in the second half, their early pressure being rewarded in the 55th minute, Ross Barkley’s strike looping off Dan Gosling and behind the sprawling Federici into the goal.
Bournemouth responded well, but Lukaku put the tie to bed in the 76th when he found himself with all types of room in the box, driving home with fierce.
A win would have meant Bournemouth’s first FA Cup quarter-final in the clubs history. Eddie Howe made seven changes to the team who lost against Stoke the week before, only Francis, Daniels, Stanislas and Gosling kept their places in the starting XI.
Everton were unchanged from the side that lost 1-0 to West Brom at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez keeping faith in his side hoping to spark a reaction.
Everton looked to dominate possession in the first ten minutes and Barkley had an early sight of goal, receiving the ball from Lukaku on the right but scuffing his shot into the ground.
Juan Iturbe made his second start for Bournemouth and looked lively after Everton’s early dominance, skipping into space and driving from 25 yards, just wide of the Everton goal.
McCarthy was booked for cynicism on the 18th minute as Iturbe again looked to trouble, breaking through the middle.
The game had a scrappy feel to it, both sides not able to create anything clear-cut until Lukaku blitzed Elphick for pace on the left flank, finding himself in the penalty area but his flicked shot was smothered well by Federici.
Charlie Daniels had seldom touched the ball before the 37th minute as Bournemouth finally looked to work it down their own left-flank, drawing a corner that struck James McCarthy on the forearm giving Cherries a chance from the spot.
Daniels put power behind the strike but Joel Robles read the direction and it was a decent height for the keeper, a chance that Bournemouth would ultimately rue.
Everton looked bright after the break and Coleman may think he should have put his side ahead himself, heading over Cleverley’s corner from five yards out.
Ross Barkley started off a good move which ended in a blaze over from McCarthy and two minutes later they were at it again, McCarthy finding Barkley 20 yards out who fired and broke the deadlock, albeit with the help of a deflection off Dan Gosling.
Credit to Cherries who could have dropped their heads, they replied just a few minutes later winning a free-kick on the edge of the Everton box which saw a Stanislas effort brush Lukaku and bounce just wide of the upright.
A few agitated moments for Bournemouth followed, Juan Iturbe picked up a card for a reckless challenge on Barry and Joshua King went into the book for descent after a routine shoulder barge on Coleman was pulled back by referee Martin Atkinson; the crowd were becoming restless.
Joshua King dropped back to the left side after Glenn Murray entered the fray for Iturbe on 70 minutes; King looked more comfortable and troubled Everton full back Seamus Coleman from then on.
But it was Everton who dealt the final blow, Bryan Oviedo’s corner found Gareth Barry at the front post who’s superb touch put the Toffees’ second of the game on a plate for Lukaku.
Gosling may have incited a late surge for his side had he converted Stanislas’ cross from just a few yards out on 87 minutes, but it wasn’t to be for Bournemouth.
Cherries now focus on Premier League survival following crashing out of the FA Cup on the 20th February, whilst Everton look forward to the FA Cup semi-final playing either Manchester United or West Ham.
AFC Bournemouth: Federici, Francis, Elphick, Distin, Daniels, O’Kane, Iturbe, Gosling, MacDonald, Stanislas, King.
Subs: Boruc, Pugh, Smith, Murray, Wiggins, Ritchie, Butcher.
Everton FC: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Lennon, Barkley, Cleverley, Lukaku.
Subs: Baines, Stones, Mirallas, Niasse, Deulofeu, Osman, Howard.