Luton and Macclesfield turned out to be FA Cup’s third round giantkillers in yesterday’s games.
Both non-league sides claimed victory over Championship opposition. Luton defeated struggling Championship outfit Wolves 1-0 at Kenilworth Road.
The only goal of the game arrived just after half-time, Alex Lawless volleying the Hatters into the lead. This was always going to be a banana skin for Wolves and proved Stale Solbakken’s last game in charge of the club, as he has since been sacked.
The other non-league heroes were Macclesfield who defeated high-flying Championship side Cardiff 2-1 at the Moss Rose Ground. The Welsh side took the lead on 57th minutes, full debutant Nathaniel Jarvis scrambling home an effort.
The Championship leaders had chances to finish their lower league opponents off but didn’t take them and were punished in the last five minutes, in-form striker Matthew Barnes-Homer equalising from close-range.
It got even better for the North West side in the 88th minute. Cardiff goalscorer Jarvis was adjudged to have brought down Barnes-Homer in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. The striker stepped up to take the penalty himself and scored.
Elsewhere in the early kick-off Premier League Newcastle were defeated by Championship Brighton 2-0 at the Amex Stadium. The Championship side went into the tie as slight favourites, because of Newcastle’s form and their current injury-crisis, but the result still proved slightly surprising.
The Seagulls took the lead in the 33rd minute, as Andrea Orlandi picked the ball up with his back to goal and cleverly finished past Magpies keeper Rob Elliot. It got worse for Newcastle in the 63rd minute, striker Shola Ameobi being dismissed after being shown a second yellow card for a trip on David Lopez.
Substitute Will Hoskins confirmed the victory with an 87th minute effort to complete a miserable day for Newcastle and their travelling fans.
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