Liverpool beat Everton in the FA Cup Semi Final

Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Everton 1-2 Liverpool

FA Cup Semi Final
Wembley
Saturday 14 April 2012 12:30 pm

Liverpool won the FA Cup Semi Final against Everton, in the first Wembley clash between the two clubs for 23 years.

Liverpool beat Everton in the FA Cup Semi Final

The result sees Liverpool in to their second cup final in Kenny Dalglish's first full season in charge - and was Kenny's 4th straight win over Everton since returning to the hot-seat at Liverpool.

After gifting Everton a goal in the first half through a defensive mix up, the reds came out in the second half filled with desire before Sylvain Distin created a great chance for Luis Suarez - before Andy Carroll stepped up with his second late winner of the week to send Liverpool fans in to delirium.

Dalglish again opted to play both Suarez and Carroll in the starting eleven, with Daniel Agger returning to the starting line up at left back.  Liverpool's third choice keeper Brad Jones started in goal - suspensions to both Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni helping the Aussie to become part of Anfield folklore.

Before the game Liverpool and Everton fans observed an impeccable minutes silence on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, and both captains presented flowers to representatives of the families.

Jay Spearing had the reds first chance of the game, firing over, before Leighton Baines did likewise from a free kick.

In the 24th minute, Jelavic fired the blues in to the lead after a bizarre defensive mix up.  Both Carragher and Agger hesitated to clear the ball, and eventually Carragher fired it out but the deflection from Tim Cahill landed straight in Jelavic's lap and he put the ball past Jones in front of the Liverpool fans.

The second half was Liverpool's though - Carroll heading wide from Downing's cross when it seemed easier to score.  But the big number 9 was having a solid game - winning the majority of balls against Fellaini and bringing Suarez and the midfield in to the game.

Suarez harried Distin who played a weak backpass and Suarez chased down the ball before firing an exquisite shot with the outside of his foot past Tim Howard.

Jelavic did have a chance at the other end but fired in to the side netting after snatching at a shot.

Carroll earned himself a shot from the edge of the area which went narrowly wide before 3 minutes from time Seamus Coleman rashly fouled Gerrard near the corner flag.  The Everton player was lucky to avoid a second yellow card, before Bellamy insisted he was taking the free kick.

His free kick was sent in perfectly and Carroll outjumped Fellaini to head in to the corner of the net, knocking over the camera reminiscent of Ian Rush's Wembley goal against Everton all those years ago.

Liverpool's supporters were jubilant as Everton's contingent slowly filtered out of the stadium.

Everton headed home with the chant of 'TEN MOYES YEARS' ringing out from the reds.

Liverpool will take on Chelsea in this years FA Cup Final.

  • rubyrm

    Curious to know what Gerrard whispered to  Bellamy prior to the Free kick??

    • lfcboy

      it was most probably wise the f**k up