Premier League - Ten-man Toffees see off Chelsea
In a largely inconsequential final game of the season for both sides in terms of league position, Everton's hunger and desire to claim the three points ultimately saw them prevail, despite losing Seamus Coleman to a second yellow card at the start of the second half.
Even Chelsea's late rally appeared rather half-hearted, and they will be left to contemplate a summer of uncertainty for many of the players as well as the coaching staff.
With Chelsea's runners-up spot in the Premier League more or less guaranteed, the only thing at stake in this season-ending encounter was whether Everton would secure the point they needed to secure seventh spot.
Indeed the somewhat pedestrian start to the game suggested the Goodison faithful would be in for a quiet end to the season, before Phil Jagielka provided the first moment of drama, crashing a header off the crossbar from Mikel Arteta's corner on seven minutes.
This seemed to provide Everton with the spark needed to ignite some energy and dynamism in their midfield, and they should have gone ahead ten minutes later when Coleman played a neat exchange with Beckford to slice open the Chelsea defence, only to hesitate too long before shooting, allowing Alex to make back the ground and crowd him out.
Leon Osman then went down in the area under a heavy challenge from Alex, though replays showed Chelsea's burly Brazilian defender did play the ball, and referee Peter Walton was correct to dismiss the huge appeals for a penalty.
When Chelsea did finally open up the Everton defence with Frank Lampard feeding a delightful ball through to Nicolas Anelka, the Frenchman's first touch let him down, giving Sylvain Distin just enough time to slide in with a vital block.
A flurry of yellow cards after the break culminated in Coleman chopping down Jon Obi Mikel, a challenge which brought about the Irishman's second booking in just six minutes, and an early end to his afternoon.
The sending off did little to change the pattern of play, however, with Everton continuing to win the majority of the midfield battles.
Chelsea captain John Terry brought the away fans to their feet with a piledriver of a shot that came back off the bottom of the post, though his defence was caught out by Beckford moments later, as the striker showed superb touch to bring down a measured ball from Tony Hibbert, before firing his shot straight at Cech.
Within seconds, Chelsea's frustration doubled, as Beckford embarked on a stunning solo run from the edge of his own penalty box, bursting through a couple of half-hearted Chelsea challenges on the halfway line, before beating Cech with a deft finish.
The goal was little more than Everton's appetite deserved, and although Chelsea committed numbers forward as the clock ticked down, a tame header from substitute Salomon Kalou was all they could muster.