Salomon Rondon scores twice as non-League fairy tale ends at Goodison Park

THE DREAM could be over for Luke Garrard and his Boreham Wood players.

But the National League side were entitled to leave Goodison with their heads held high after an emotionally charged night at Goodison that they will never forget.

Their hopes of becoming the first non-league team to reach the sixth round since Lincoln City’s exploits five years ago were dashed by Salomon Rondon’s double.

But if there was no glory for the Hertfordshires in the end, they won a stadium – full of admirers for their bravery – especially under the circumstances.

Before kick-off, there were more reminders of the horrors of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to follow the Toffees’ staged show of support during Saturday night’s visit to Manchester City.

Everton left-back Vitalij Mykonenko, who was bought from Dynamo Kiev for £14million in January, led the team as skipper for the night.

The Toffees side took the field with Ukrainian flags clutched by their Nation League opponents.

A banner reading “We stand by Ukraine” and a picture of Mykolenko against a background of the now all-too-familiar yellow and blue hung on one of the stands.

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And in emotional scenes, both sets of players came together to hold up a larger one that read, “Imagine all the people, sharing all the world,” with John Lennon’s iconic song for peace played over the speakers. Salomon Rondon scores twice as non-League fairy tale ends at Goodison Park


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