Joe Ironside was the hero when third tier Cambridge United stunned Premier League Newcastle with a 1-0 FA Cup win at St James’ Park – and the U weren’t alone in producing a cup reversal. Saturday in the third round.
Kidderminster 2-1 Reading
Amari Morgan-Smith was the late Kidderminster hero as they dumped Reading with a shocking 2-1 comeback win.
The National League North squad – the lowest scoring club left and 79 places under league visitors – came in from behind to stun the Royals at the small score.
George Puscas’ first goal in nine months put Reading ahead before Sam Austin equalized after half-time and Morgan-Smith scored eight minutes from time to earn a giants kill in the third round.
The defeat increased the pressure on Royals boss Veljko Paunovic as injuries and rotation saw Reading start with six players aged 21 and under.
Boreham Wood – AFC Wimbledon 2-0
Tyrone Marsh and Adrian Clifton fired National League team Boreham Wood in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Marsh’s spectacular first-half goal and Clifton’s late goal, moments after coming off the bench, ensured a 2-0 win and one of the third-round shocks against League One AFC Wimbledon.
The Dons, who in their previous incarnation caused arguably the biggest upheaval of them all when they beat Liverpool in the 1988 final, have for once found themselves on the wrong side of a cup surprise.
It was a memorable afternoon for Wood and their manager Luke Garrard, who as a player made more than 100 appearances for Wimbledon and helped them land two promotions, when he ended up ditching his old club out of competition.
Hartlepool 2-1 Blackpool
18-year-old Joe Gray stepped off the bench to launch League Two Hartlepool in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2009.
Gray shot a winner in the 61st minute to complete a dramatic second-half comeback and sink the championship Blackpool, which led Keshi Anderson’s opening opening.
David Ferguson brought Hartlepool to the level three minutes after half-time before Gray, who had replaced Mark Cullen moments earlier, kept his nerve to beat Daniel Grimshaw and only take his second senior goal.
The fit guests were left to regret a series of missed chances in the absolutely dominant first half, as well as injuries to goalscorers Anderson and James Husband, both limping before half-time.
Wigan replacement Thelo Aasgaard scored a winner in injury time to set a five-goal FA Cup third round return thriller against Blackburn at DW.
The Rovers paid for their division superiority within four minutes of restarting. Joe Rothwell fed Khadra, who fired into the bottom corner of Jones’ net to open the scoring.
But with another Rovers goal seeming inevitable, Wigan equalized just after the hour when Max Power stole a long-distance beauty over Aynsley Pears in the Rovers’ goal.
Surprisingly, Wigan then began to dominate, putting them ahead for the first time, with 16 minutes remaining. Jack Whatmough’s header from the corner looked normal enough for Pears to tackle, but the keeper somehow managed to catch and then carry the ball over the line for a comical own goal.
There was still time for a winning goal to fix an incredible game when, in the height of injury time, the Wigan substitute Aasgaard sent in a curling shot from the left flank that completely fooled Pears and found the corner in. top of the net to bring Latics to the net fourth round.
Barnsley 5-4 Barrow
Barnsley was forced into extra time by 10 Barrow men but ultimately scored a 5-4 win at Oakwell in one of the most incredible FA Cup games seen in years.
Barnsley opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after Callum Styles delivered a brilliant free-kick and captain Mads Andersen made the highest leap to overtake Barrow’s number one.
Finding a draw became a much more difficult request when Barrow striker Tom Beadling was sent off for a high challenge on Romal Palmer after 38 minutes, and things went from bad to worse for the fourth-tier team after 42 minutes. when Jordan Williams missed his first attempt but made no mistakes from the second to give the Tykes a comfortable lead at half time.
Barrow’s Ollie Banks then scored a round contender goal in the 61st minute with a thunderous free-kick from the Barrow skipper to narrow the gap before the first draw of the night came after 78 minutes when substitute Luke James found rookie Anthony. Glennon in the box and the rookie closed with confidence for the 2-2.
Barrow’s glee was short-lived as striker Devante Cole curled up from distance after 83 minutes to give the Tykes the lead once again, but the Bluebirds refused to be beaten and three minutes later, the Remeao Hutton was met by James Jones who powerfully headed Walton to level the scores again.
Substitute Carlton Morris must have thought he won it for Barnsley when he scored in the 88th minute but, amazingly, Josh Kay, another man off the bench, punched from distance in the 90th minute to take this incredible equalizer to another. 30 minute period.
Morris got his second of the night 12 minutes into extra time and that goal proved enough to see Barnsley advance to round four, but Barrow will be back home very proud of their performance.
Bristol City-Fulham 0-1
Substitute Harry Wilson scored in extra time to give Fulham a 1-0 FA Cup third round win against league club Bristol City.
The midfielder’s right cross in the 105th minute was missed by both forwards and defenders and crept into goalkeeper Max O’Leary’s far post.
It was a harsh justice for City, who had been the best side for much of the game, but failed to take advantage of some excellent chances.
League Two Mansfield Town was defeated to death after a brave comeback in a 3-2 home defeat in the FA Cup third round to Middlesbrough.
The Stags dominated the second half and thought they forced extra time when Rhys Oates equalized after 85 minutes only to be disallowed by an own goal from John-Joe O’Toole in injury time.
Uche Ikpeazu gave Boro the perfect start with a brilliant solo goal after four minutes before Caolan Boyd-Munce doubled the lead with his debut goal in the 14th minute.
The goal Mansfield had threatened finally came after 67 minutes when Oliver Hawkins took home a header from six yards and, with five minutes remaining, Rhys Oates bypassed the keeper to score the equalizer.
But in the added fifth minute, Boro snatches it as Isaiah Jones rushes to the right and, sliding to block, O’Toole only manages to turn the ball into his own net.
Peterborough 2-1 Bristol Rovers
The new Bali Mumba signing made an immediate impact with a debut winner sacking Peterborough for a 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Bristol Rovers.
The Norwich loan catch was sent in by coach Darren Ferguson during the break and responded with the deciding goal in the 63rd minute.
Mumba lunged forward, swapped passes with Sammie Szmodics, and fired classy in the lower corner to make sure the championship fighters outrun their League Two visitors.
Szmodics had previously given Peterborough the lead, only for Paul Coutts who equalized with a half-hour penalty.
When is the FA Cup fourth round draw?
The draw for the FA Cup fourth round will take place on Sunday 9 January following West Ham’s clash with Leeds at the London Stadium at around 4:50 pm.