FIFTH ROUND MATCHES – Remaining games
This week we discovered who would make the 2018/19 fAABI FA Cup quarter-finals:
Doncaster Rovers 0 v 1 Grimsby Town
Alan and Bharat played out this battle of the North, where stoic defenses held firm, forcing a penalty shoot-out. Bharat emerged victorious, so it’s not too grim in Grimsby as they progress their legendary cup run!
Southampton 1 v 0 Newport County
Steve, determined to see his beloved Southampton win the cup once again, scored early on as a helpless Jonathan and Ben were left watching in wonder at the sheer brilliance of play and the Saint went marching in! In a throw-back to the days of McCalliog, Channon. Stokes, Osgood and McMenemy, Southampton were unstoppable. Although Steve reminisced for too long and lost his concentration in the final minute as Ben took a sharp chance to equalize for Newport.
And so it came to pass the game went indeed to penalties, and with the sun shining on the righteous, the Saints finally went marching in to the quarter-finals!
Fulham 0 v 1 Manchester City
A bad year for Fulham was compounded when they were knocked out by Manchester City, who keep their hopes of an extraordinary quadruple alive! Alan and Steve combined to create a guilt-edged chance which Alan slotted past an observant (but not diving) goalkeeper held by Jonathan. Jonathan magnanimously acknowledged the quality finish, whilst also musing on his casual goalkeeping…
West Ham United 3 v 2 Watford
We offered Crystal Palace supporter Ben the opportunity to play for West Ham, which was an interesting discussion. Suffice to say that Ben chose Watford…
Bharat took West Ham and the game was decided by an entertaining shoot-out. It was also controversial as Bharat was sure he saved a spot kick. The VAR was inclusive as it all happened too fast…
However, the slow-motion action replay revealed Bharat did in fact save the ball, but on the way out of the goal!
Leeds United 1 v 0 Norwich City
A great year for Norwich City was undermined when an own goal saw them lose against Leeds United. Alan offered his commiserations to Ben (whilst celebrating enthusiastically!), as Leeds added to the strong northern contingent progressing through to the quarter finals.
Wigan Athletic 2 v 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
What a game to finish with! Bharat was unstoppable, latching onto lovely passes by Steve. Twice he found the bottom left corner of the goal as Jonathan’s keeper watched on, mesmerized…
With some amazing goalkeeping by Bharat against the ensuing onslaught by Jonathan the game should have been up, but with two minutes to go Jonathan scored what should have been a consolation goal…
And then, with the final kick of the game a Wolves forward hit a lucky shot, ricocheting against at least 2 defenders for the ball to sneak in past a confused Wigan keeper.
Wigan (Bharat and Steve) were clearly unsettled and promptly bottled the penalty shoot-out. Wolves emerged victorious as the only team from the Midlands to remain in the cup.
So we now have our quarter-finalists…
Join us at our next session on Monday 17th June, where these ties will be decided!
Manchester City v West Ham United
Leeds United v Wolverhampton wanderers
Gillingham v Lincoln City
Grimsby Town v Southampton
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