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Sunday, March 7, 1999 Published at 18:49 GMT


George and Georgian are Geordie heroes

Maric looks on as Ketsbaia hits home the first

Newcastle 4-1 Everton

Georgian Temur Ketsbaia scored twice while a Greek called George also netted a crucial strike as the Geordies booked a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.


Iain Brown reports for BBC Radio 5 Live
George Georgiadis struck the home side's second, just four minutes after David Unsworth gave the away side hope with a super strike.

Ketsbaia hit the first and third, while Alan Shearer put the icing on the cake for last year's beaten finalists.


[ image: Shearer looks sharp against John O'Kane]
Shearer looks sharp against John O'Kane
The game, crucial to both clubs seasons, started in wet and windy conditions after passing a series of pitch inspections through the morning.

With former Evertonians Gary Speed and Duncan Ferguson out injured, Newcastle gave a first start to new signing Silvio Maric.

Ruud Gullit also brought back Robert Lee, Ketsbaia and Warren Barton to play on a dreadful surface.

Everton were missing suspended pair Olivier Dacourt and Michael Ball, but had Don Hutchison back after a ban.

The pitch seemed to prevent decent football although the level of commitment in the tackling was demonstrated by early bookings for Hutchison and Barton.

Goal out of nothing

The conditions may have helped Newcastle take the lead after 21 minutes. A deflection certainly assisted Ketsbaia and wrong-footed Thomas Myhre in the Everton goal.

Marco Materazi was the unfortunate defender who took the long-range strike away from his keeper, who had the Georgian's shot covered.


[ image: Nick Barmby battled away without reward for Everton]
Nick Barmby battled away without reward for Everton
The game soon returned to a pattern of misplaced passing punctuated by the occasional increase in excitement when one of the more talented front players ran with the ball.

However none of them were capable of fashioning another real opening in a nervous, scrappy half.

The second half began in similar style, until another strike out of nothing.

In the 57th minute Unsworth, playing in central midfield, received a bouncing ball just outside the area.

He then charged like a bull around Steve Howey, before thrashing an unstoppable drive on the half-volley past Shay Given.

Hutchison controversy

Newcastle regained the lead after a controversial incident.


Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit: "The team don't realise how good they can be"`
Hutchison had already received his yellow card and a final warning from referee Graham Barber when he tangled with Shearer on the edge of his own area.

Replays suggested the north east born midfielder had used his elbow, but a free kick was Barber's only action.

The home side exacted full revenge for the challenge as Dietmar Hamann's free-kick was parried by Myhre into the England captain's path.

Shearer's strike hit the unfortunate Materazzi and rebounded straight to substitute Georgiadis, on the field for Maric.

The Greek knew little about it as the ball trickled across the line, but he celebrated the goal as though it was a 35-yard screamer, as did most of St James Park.

After that Newcastle began to show their extra class and Shearer almost made it 3-1 on two occasions before Ketsbaia scored the sort of goal to merit a spectacular celebration.

On 73 minutes he received the ball on the edge of the left hand side of the area and thrashed it into the opposite corner of the goal.

Class tells

There was no deflection this time and no good fortune. It was a strike worthy of winning any game and looked sufficient to do so despite another Everton reshuffle involving the introduction of Ibrahima Bakayoko.

Shearer made sure there was no doubt after feeding Ketsbaia on the edge of the area.

The Georgian unselfishly passed up the opportunity of scoring a hat-trick to return the ball to his strike partner, and the England man hit the ball as hard as he probably ever has from the edge of the area.

Unsworth had another long range effort saved by Given, who also repelled Bakayoko's rebound attempt, but the cup dream was all over for the 1995 winners.

Last year's runners-up on the other hand are now hoping for an ealy chance to put behind them their disappointing final performance of last year.

Newcastle: Given, Barton, Domi, Howey, Dabizas, Lee, Maric, Hamann, Solano, Shearer, Ketsbaia. Subs: Harper, Georgiadis, Charvet, Saha, Brady.

Everton: Myhre, Materazzi, Weir, Watson, Unsworth, Barmby, Hutchison, Grant, O'Kane, Cadamarteri, Jeffers. Subs: Simonsen, Short, Branch, Oster, Bakayoko.

Referee: G Barber (Pyrford)



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