FA Cup shock! Sixth-tier Maidstone knock Ipswich out of world's oldest competition

Brighton and Leicester through as Luton show Everton the door

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Maidstone's Jamaican striker Lamar Reynolds (R) vies with Ipswich Town's English-born Egyptian midfielder Sam Morsy during the English FA Cup fourth round match on Saturday. - AFP
Maidstone's Jamaican striker Lamar Reynolds (R) vies with Ipswich Town's English-born Egyptian midfielder Sam Morsy during the English FA Cup fourth round match on Saturday. - AFP

Published: Sat 27 Jan 2024, 9:34 PM

Sixth-tier Maidstone United stunned Ipswich Town with a 2-1 victory in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup at Portman Road on Saturday, knocking out a side 98 places above them in the football pyramid.

Lamar Reynolds and Sam Corne scored for Maidstone, the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

"It's the magic of the FA Cup, we have to believe," manager George Elokobi told ITV.

The Stones had their keeper Lucas Covolan to thank for keeping shot after shot out as Ipswich swarmed forward looking for goals.

"I'm so happy I could help my team mates, I'm so proud of the team," said Covolan afterwards as he wiped away tears. "What we achieved is unbelievable, just brilliant. What a great day."

Jeremy Sarmiento scored for Ipswich Town, who are second in the (second tier) Championship table.

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Elsewher, Cauley Woodrow scored a last-gasp goal as Luton Town knocked out Everton while Brighton and Leicester went through,

Woodrow netted in the 96th minute when he smashed a close-range shot from a corner past keeper Joao Virginia to seal Luton's 2-1 victory in the all-Premier League tie in front of a stunned Goodison Park crowd.

Vitaliy Mykolenko's 39th-minute own goal had put Luton ahead before Jack Harrison cheered the Everton faithful with an equaliser in the 55th minute, hammering in a low shot that Luton keeper Tim Krul allowed to let slip through his hands.

Joao Pedro netted a hat-trick including two goals from the penalty spot to lead Brighton & Hove Albion to a 5-2 win at Sheffield United in another all-Premier League clash.

Leicester City knocked out Championship rivals Birmingham City 3-0 thanks to goals by Jamie Vardy, Yunus Akgun and Dennis Praet. Leeds United drew 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle.

Results

English FA Cup results on Saturday:

Fourth round

Everton 1 (Harrison 55) Luton Town 2 (Mikolenko 39-o.g., Woodrow 90+6)

Ipswich 1 (Sarmiento 56) Maidstone United 2 (Reynolds 43, Corne 66)

Leeds 1 (Anthony 31) Plymouth Argyle 1 (Randell 73)

Leicester 3 (Vardy 47, Akgun 72, Praet 88) Birmingham 0

Sheffield United 2 (Hamer 41, Osula 45+8) Brighton 5 (Buonanotte 14, Pedro 29-pen, 52-pen, 67, Welbeck 90+7)

Playing Sunday

Liverpool v Norwich (1430), Newport v Manchester United (1630), Watford v Southampton (1400), West Brom v Wolves (1145)


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