Landon Donovan was active early and often on Saturday as Everton sent Tamworth out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win.
The midfielder’s corner was nodded in by John Heitinga in the fifth minute, giving the hosts an early advantage. Donovan nearly set up a Diniyar Belyaletinov goal in the 77th minute but the shot was swept away.
Just two minutes later, however, the Toffees sealed the victory after Leighton Baines hit from the penalty spot. Finally, the Galaxy man nearly made it 3-0 but his 25-yard scorcher bounced off the post.
Dempsey bags hat trick
Despite the dominating look of a 4-0 scoreline, Charlton was actually very effective against Fulham on Saturday. Unfortunately for the League One leaders, they didn’t have Clint Dempsey on their side.
The American International was brilliant, scoring the first three goals for Fulham as the London derby ended with the Cottagers heading to the fourth round of the FA cup.
Dempsey opened the scoring in the eighth minute with an easy flick after Charlton defender Danny Murphy’s ball deflected into Dempsey’s path. Dempsey nearly scored again before halftime and missed a close header after the restart, but in the 61st he hit the double. Bryan Ruiz played in a nice ball and the explosive Texan put it the back of the net.
Ruiz was brought down 20 minutes later, allowing Dempsey the opportunity to add a third which he did with relative ease for his 12th goal in all competitions this season.
Howard blanks foes
Tim Howard saved an easy Kyle Patterson attempt in the first half but wasn’t troubled much thereafter as he bagged his fifth clean sheet of the season in Everton's 2-0 win over Tamworth. The Merseyside club dominated possession and looked sharp in dispatching the Conference club. Everton will now advance to the fourth round and play Fulham on Jan. 28.
Guzan stops six in win
Aston Villa defeated Bristol Rovers 3-1 on Saturday, advancing to the fourth round of the FA Cup in the process. Brad Guzan was very sharp, halting six shots, including a penalty, while only allowing one goal. Marc Albrighton, Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Ciaran Clark all tallied for the Villains before Scott McGleish finally put one on the board in the 90th for Bristol. In between the keeper kept out shots from Joe Anyinsah and Chris Zebroski before finally sending McGleish’s weak spot kick away in stoppage time.
Rangers destroy Arbroath
Rangers made light work of Arbroath in a Scottish Cup affair Sunday. The Glasgow club defeated the Division Two outfit 4-0. Maurice Edu was a key cog in setting up the opening goal as he fed Nikica Jelavic before the striker sent David Healy through to goal. An own goal followed just eight minutes later as both Edu and Jelavic caused havoc inside the box. Two more strikes followed as Carlos Bocanegra aided the defense in keeping a clean sheet.