JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, April 16, 2012
Tim Howard and Everton were knocked out of the FA Cup with their loss to Liverpool, while Seb Hines and Middlesbrough continue their quest for promotion with a win over Derby County.

Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa

Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa went down to Manchester United in Premier League play on Sunday.

Lichaj started and went the distance for the Villains.

United's Wayne Rooney scored on a penalty kick in the 7th minute, after Ashley Young was taken down in the box moments earlier.

The Red Devils struck again just before half time when Patrice Evra's cross was knocked in by a sliding Danny Welbeck.

Rooney put the game out of reach in the 73rd minute when he finished passed Shay Given from over 12 yards after a flurry of passing in the box from United.

Manchester then made it four when Nani found the back of the net from ten yards out in the 90th minute.

Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, and Nani received yellow cards for United, while Gary Gardner, Alan Hutton, and Barry Bannan were booked for Villa.

Manchester takes on Everton next week, while Villa hosts Sunderland.

Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Tim Howard and Everton were bounced from the FA Cup as Liverpool wins the Merseyside derby.

Howard started and went the distance for the Toffees. The American ‘keeper recorded four saves in the game.

Everton opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Howard sent in a long goal kick into the Liverpool area. The Reds were unable to clear the ball out of danger and the defense lost possession to Nikica Jelavic who slotted home the easy goal.

In the 62nd minute Everton gifted Liverpool with the leveler, as Sylvain Distin's attempted pass to Howard was first reached by Luis Suárez who easily found the back of the net.

The winner came with just four minutes left to play, as Craig Bellamy swung in a free kick that Andy Caroll headed in to set Liverpool's fans into frenzy.

Jordan Henderson was booked for Liverpool, while Sylvain Distin, Jelavic, and Seamus Coleman saw yellow cards for the Toffees.

Although Everton leads Liverpool in the league standings, the Reds will be playing for FA Cup glory against the winner of Tottenham and Chelsea.

The Reds take on West Bromwich Albion next week, while Everton will have to regroup and play Premier League heavyweights Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Derby County 0-1 Middlesbrough

Seb Hines and Middlesbrough were victorious with a late winner in their game against Derby County this weekend.

Hines started and went the distance for Boro. Conor Doyle did not make the game day roster for the Rams.

Curtis Main notched the only goal of the game with just ten minutes left, as his teammate Barry Robson provided a pinpoint pass through the Rams' defense, finding Main for the winner.

The win is Boro's first in nine games and they find themselves just two points from a promotion playoff spot.

Jason Shackell was booked for Derby, while Nick Bailey saw yellow for Middlesbrough.

The Rams take on Cardiff City in the midweek, while Boro hosts Doncaster Rovers.

Bury 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

Mike Grella notched the winner in Bury's win over AFC Bournemouth in League One action this weekend.

Grella started and went the distance, while also finding the back of the net for Bury.

After a defensive miscue by Bournemouth, Grella got behind the defense and chipped passed ‘keeper Darryl Flahavan for the goal in the 10th minute.

Bury is now nine points above the relegation zone with three games left to play in the season.

Simon Francis was the only player booked in the game for Bournemouth.

Bury travels to play Notts County next week, while Bournemouth hosts Colchester United.

Carlisle United 0-1 Charlton Athletic

Frank Simek and Carlisle United went down to Charlton Athletic in League One play.

Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.

The win for Charlton officially promotes them into the Championship.

The big goal was scored in the 76th minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips found the back of the net from close range after the Cumbrians were unable to clear the ball after a corner kick.

Lubomir Michalik was booked for Carlisle, while Leon Cort saw yellow for Charlton Athletic.

Carlisle takes on Stevenage in midweek action, while Charlton hosts Wycombe Wanderers next weekend.

Northampton Town 1-3 Bradford City

Neal Kitson and Northampton Town went down to Bradford City in League Two play.

Kitson started and went the distance for Northampton Town.

Nahki Wells' notched a hat-trick for Bradford City, while Clarke Carlisle scored the only goal for Northampton in the second half.

Adebayo Akinfenwa and Anthony Charlse saw yellow cards for Northampton Town, while Richard Ravenhill was booked for Bradford City.

Kitson was credited with four saves in the game.

Northampton takes on Crawley Town in the midweek, while Bradford City plays Macclesfield Town next weekend.


Brad Friedel did not feature in Tottenham's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals.

Zak Whitbread was out injured in Norwich City's big loss to Manchester City.

Jonathan Spector did not feature in Birmingham City's draw with Bristol City.

Daniel Potts did not make the game day roster in West Ham United's big win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's scoreless draw with Blackpool.

Robbie Rogers started in Leeds United's win over Peterborough United, but he was subbed out after injury in the 12th minute.

Anton Peterlin did not feature in Walsall's loss to Tranmere Rovers.

Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Oxford United's draw with Gillingham.

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