Stanley bowed out of the LFA Senior Cup at the semi-final stage with a 2-1 defeat to Everton.

The Reds had led at Haig Avenue but succumbed to a late goal to see their run in the competition end.

A strong side took to the field looking to make it through to the final though there was an unscheduled change to the team sheet with youngster Roman Hickey coming in for illness victim Anthony Barry.

And the visitors made the perfect start when Marcus Carver gave them the lead, the striker heading home from Gerardo Bruna’s cross.

Goalkeeper Ross Etheridge had to be on his guard to deny the Toffees a leveller soon after, sliding from his goal to execute a fine sliding clearance as the home side threatened.

But Everton did restore parity before the break, with captain Joe Williams skipping past a couple of challenges and finding the bottom corner of the net.

The second half saw the contest continue to be close and the stalemate looked like it might go the distance until the Premier League side grabbed a crucial goal inside the last ten minutes. Sub Courtney Duffus was the hero, heading home from a Foulds cross to make it 2-1.

Stanley weren’t for lying down though and were inches from an equaliser when sub Adam Morgan saw a strike headed off the line.

In the end Everton held on to make it through to the final, with the Reds perhaps wondering what might have been.

Stanley: Etheridge, Wakefield, Smith, Davies, Goulding, Hickey, Trialist, Trialist, Bruna, Carver, Gornell

Subs: Evans, Hartley, Webb, Steenson, Morgan