Weekend Review: The FA Cup.

Published: Feb 18, 2014 11:22am EST
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 18, 2014 @ 11:22am EST

 

This weekend saw the continuation of the FA Cup. As one of the oldest domestic cup competitions in existence the cup gets attention all throughout the soccer world due to the fact that lower tier clubs, even part time players and amateurs get to take part in the competition.

At this, the Fifth round stage, the majority of the lower tier sides have since vanished from view but some feel good stories do still remain. This Saturday, Sunday and indeed later today witnessed the teams fight for progression into the sixth round, or Quarter Final stage, of the competition. The matches were played over the weekend with one remaining game on Monday.

Sunderland are fighting for their Premiership life in the League play but they followed up their spot in the Final of the Capital One Cup with progression to the Quarter Final of the FA Cup in the early game on Saturday. Defeating another Premiership side in Southampton the Black Cats head into the last eight of a competition they last won in 1973, and 1937 the time before that.

The current holders of the FA Cup, Wigan Athletic, got through to the Quarter Finals after coming through against Premiership strugglers, Cardiff City. Now managed by ex Manchester City hero Uwe Rosler the Championship side added to Cardiff's bad run, although now maybe they can focus on their League survival.

Heading to Manchester City and the first big, mouth watering tie of the round took place with the 2011 winners hosting Chelsea. These two had met in the League twice already this season with Chelsea taking the spoils by a single goal on each occasion. Goals this time from Stevan Jovetic and a returning Samir Nasri made sure it wouldn't be a defeat for a third time.

Sunday saw another three games with the FA Cup winning manager Roberto Martinez, now with Everton, progressing at the expense of a struggling Swansea City by a score of 3-1. Sheffield United also progressed by the same score line in their game against Nottingham Forest. Two late goals from Chris Porter stopped this particular game going to a replay and made the Blades the lowest League positioned side in the Quarter Finals, currently in the bottom half of the third tier.

The key game from Sunday was a battle between Arsenal and Liverpool. The Gunners, with the 5-1 defeat from only two weeks ago still fresh in their minds did enough to secure the win and get Arsene Wenger that much closer to his first trophy in eight seasons. Liverpool will be felt hard done by as some key decisions seemed to go against them, in particular a foul in the penalty area not called by referee Howard Webb.

Monday night held the last game with Hull City securing a replay with a goal in the last five minutes cancelling out the earlier Brighton strike. The replay for this game, along with the canceled game between Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton, will take place next Monday to complete the round.

Sunday, just before Arsenal took on Liverpool, the draw for the Quarter Final was made, and this is how it looks.

Arsenal v Everton

Brighton/Hull v Sunderland

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday/Charlton

Manchester City v Wigan.

Interesting points with the draw could see Sunderland boss, Gus Poyet, return to his ex club Brighton if they progress in the replay. The two Sheffields could face off for a space in the Semi Finals (if Wednesday beat Charlton in the replay). Also ex Manchester City striker, Uwe Rosler, will go back to his old club. Still regarded as a hero by the City faithful it will certainly be a good reception for the visiting manager. Ties to be played on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of March.


 

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