Seamus Coleman continued his marvellous season with another spectacular goal in Everton’s 4-0 win over Queen’s Park Rangers in the FA Cup third round at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Killybegs native is now the highest scoring defender in Europe having scored six goals this season for the side managed by Roberto Martinez.
After grabbing a goal against Norwich City on the opening day of the Premier League season, the 25-year-old has now found the net five times in his last eight matches, with Stoke City, Fulham, Swansea, Southampton and QPR the victims.
Ross Barkley struck an opener from 15 yards out after being set up well by Bryan Oviedo on 35 minutes as the Premier League side dominated Harry Redknapp’s Championship outfit.
Nikica Jelavic doubled Everton’s lead a minute before the break with his first goal of the season and grabbed his second of the game with a close-range finish on 68 minutes after more fine wing work by Oviedo.
The Croatian missed the chance to score a hat-trick by hitting the crossbar with a penalty but Coleman made it four with a thunderous effort from the right-hand side on 76 minutes.
Elsewhere, Shay Given had to watch from the sidelines as his Middlesbrough side lost 2-0 at home to Premier League Hull City in the FA Cup. The Lifford native is currently on loan at the Riverside from Aston Villa - a deal that has now been extended till February 28 - but was ineligible, which meant third choice Greek keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos made his debut.
Also, former Finn Harps winger Shaun Williams missed a penalty as his MK Dons side drew 3-3 against FA Cup holders.
Roger Espinoza’s strike put Wigan ahead before Jordi Gomez made it 2-0. But Ben Reeves scored twice in first-half injury time, to make it 2-2 at the break.
Williams, who played for Harps in 2008 under Paul Hegarty whilst on loan from Sporting Fingal, then missed a penalty for the Don. Callum McManaman put Wigan back in front before Patrick Bamford found the net to make it 3-3 and force a replay.