It was a busy night in the FA Cup despite the minimal action across the country as in the five games we three red cards, two non-league sides through to the third round and one of the biggest giant killings in the FA Cup’s history. Here we look over the FA Cup 2nd round ties that were yet to reach their conclusion.
It was a famous night at the War Memorial ground as seventh tier Stourbridge knocked out League 1 Northampton. A dramatic late goal from Jake Duggan sealed a 1-0 win on the night in one of the cups biggest upsets, with Northampton 89 places above the midland side in the league standings. Their reward is a tie away at League 2 Wycombe.
Elsewhere, it was goals galore as Fleetwood came from behind to win at home to fellow League 1 side Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury took the lead thanks to Jim O’Brien, but lost captain Adam El-Abd on 50 minutes. The Shropshire side would take a two-goal lead on the hour thanks to Louis Dodds but the game would soon be turned on its head. Devante Cole scored a double before a last gasp Ashley Hunter goal in the 96th minute sealed a 3-2 victory – the Cod Army will play Championship side Bristol City in the third round.
MK Dons needed extra-time to progress to the third round. Goals from Daniel Powell and Adam Chicksen saw the tie level after 90 minutes, but it wouldn’t take long for the Dons to establish their initiative in extra-time. Quick-fire goals for Ben Reeves and Dean Bowditch in the 94th and 97th minute saw the Dons through to third round where they will face Brighton.
It was an easy night for Oxford as they disposed of non-league Macclesfield. An early Ryan Taylor goal settled the nerves for the U’s, before second-half goals from Joe Rothwell and Kane Hemmings ended a comfortable night for the League 1 outfit.
We end at the Shay, and it was a disappointing night as Eastleigh rode out 2-0 winners to book a third-round date with Brentford. Goals from Scott Wilson and a penalty from Mikael Mandron in the five-minutes before half-time sealed the victory for the Hampshire side. The match wasn’t without its drama though; Scott Garner saw red for lashing out at Jai Reason 84th minute, whilst there was dubious nature about the penalty and a handball appeal was turned down by referee Richard Clark. Still, Eastleigh were good value for their win as they saw out the win against a disappointed Shaymen outfit.
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