Sixth-tier Maidstone stun Ipswich, Luton dump out Everton in FA Cup fourth round

Maidstone manager George Elokobi expressed his delight, stating that the “magic of the FA Cup is still very much alive” following his team’s remarkable 2-1 victory over Championship contenders Ipswich.

Despite being 98 places and four divisions below Ipswich in the English football hierarchy, Maidstone pulled off a stunning upset with two outstanding goals. Lamar Reynolds showcased his skill with a composed chip over Christian Walton just before halftime, while Sam Corne netted the winner 24 minutes from time after an assist from Reynolds.

Manager Kieran McKenna of Ipswich, who made 10 changes to his lineup, was left to regret his decisions as Maidstone defied the odds.

Elokobi praised his players for their tireless effort, emphasizing their commitment to leaving everything on the field. He noted that Maidstone’s achievements in the FA Cup have made history, a feat not accomplished in over a century, and highlighted the enduring allure of the competition.

Pedro’s hat-trick propelled Brighton to a 5-2 victory over Sheffield United, with Joao Pedro converting two penalties and Facundo Buonanotte scoring a fine goal to establish a 2-0 lead. Despite Sheffield United’s comeback before halftime with goals from Gustavo Hamer and William Osula, Pedro’s second penalty restored Brighton’s advantage before he completed his hat-trick, and Danny Welbeck sealed the win in stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Newcastle secured a 2-0 win over Fulham, with Sean Longstaff controversially opening the scoring in the 39th minute amid Fulham’s handball appeals against Bruno Guimaraes. Dan Burn added Newcastle’s second goal in the 61st minute after Sven Botman’s initial shot was saved.

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Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy helped Championship leaders Leicester to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Birmingham, while Leeds and Plymouth will face a replay after drawing 1-1 at Elland Road.

Defending champions Manchester City advanced to the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Friday courtesy of Nathan Ake’s late goal.

Liverpool is set to play Norwich on Sunday in what is expected to be an emotional match at Anfield following the announcement of manager Jurgen Klopp’s departure at the end of the season.

League Two side Newport County will also aim for a major upset when they host Manchester United on Sunday.

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