St Helens 1 – 2 Everton

Full match report from the Liverpool Senior Quarter Final tie from forum contributor alan ball.

Everton faced St Helens for the first time in the Liverpool senior cup since the competition was opened to non league teams in 1977/78.

Everton were last season’s beaten finalists losing to Southport now faced a St Helens team at Edge Green Street on a tricky pitch and on a very bitterly cold night.

Everton got the first half underway kicking down the slope and got off the mark as early as the 9th minute as some nice build up play outside the box lead to Ryan Higgins assisting Forrester with a neat pass who drove home with a right foot shot that went in off the left hand post.

St Helens were seeking to get behind Everton’s defence with some long high balls but Heneghan was equal to meet them at every opportunity.

On 25 minutes Saints drew level with a cross from the right and an unmarked Andy Olsen was able to head past Davies in the Everton goal and left flatfooted to level things up.

But within 60 seconds Everton got their noses back in front with a lovely goal from the left hand side and again Higgins had a hand in the goal, but it was Adam Thomas who despatched the ball from an angle with a sweet left foot shot.

5 minutes from the break a combined move with Higgins and Long deserved a goal but Cowderoy the Saints keeper made a great save and keep the deficit to 1 goal, then only the post prevented Everton from going in at the break with a 2 goal margin as Forrester danced around two players to see his effort rebound off the post.



The second half’s early stages were quite dull as chances for both teams were limited. On 55 minutes Long, spurned an Everton chance as his effort went high over the cross bar.

60 minutes and Forrester was played through from Bidwell’s pass as Saint’s defence raised hands looking for an offside but the flag stayed down but as it looked as Everton would increase the lead Cowderoy stood his ground to deny Forrester the goal with a very brave save.

Forrester had a chance again on 65 minutes only to have it blocked but Everton sustained the pressure.

The last ten minutes Saints put Everton and Davies under pressure searching for a deserved equaliser but the chances were not clear cut as a header sailed over Davies’s bar but they could not find that vital touch to level the game.

Everton made some late changes but held on and book their place in the semi final.

Everton’s man of the match, Ryan Higgins

Attendance approx 200


St Helens; Cowderoy, Kavaanagh, Morgan, Smith (Owens 88), Flood, Burns ( C),Roby, Frazer, Berry, (Butorins 68) Olsen, Quirk. Unused Subs: Corrie, Edwards, Hansard, Gillespie

Everton: Davies, Browning, Touray, Heneghan, Bidwell (C ), Molyneux, Higgins, Grant (Jones 78), Long(Forshaw 78) , Forrester (Waring 86), Thomas. Unused Subs: Fitzgibbon(GK), Nsiala

Match Officials
Referee Mr J Hunt (Litherland),

Assistant referees Mr A Powell (Garston), Mr M Herzog (Sefton Park),4th Official Mr P Sinclair (Childwall)

St Helens manager Jimmy McBride
Everton Manager Alan Stubbs

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