Annan Athletic cruise through to Scottish Cup 3rd Round

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Annan Athletic had an easy 5-0 win over Scottish non league side Preston Athletic yesterday effectively killing off the game with a 4 goal first half blitz. In the other games Arbroath lost a bad tempered game at home to Montrose 3-2 AET a game which had 8 bookings and 2 sending offs. The home side trailed 2-0 at half time but fought back well in the second half scoring 2 quick goals. However Montrose grabbed the 3rd round place with a goal near the end of extra time.

The other games played were:

East Stirling 4-0 Forres Mechanics & Whitehill Welfare 4-3 Wick Academy in which Whitehill had 5 players booked.

 Girvan v Golspie Sutherland was postponed.

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Scottish League Cup Semi Finals Old Firm Avoid Each Other

The prospects of an all Glasgow Scottish League Cup Final took a step closer when Celtic and Rangers avoided each other in the semi final draw. With both being in good form its hard to see them not making the final.

The matches are:

Aberdeen v Celtic
Rangers v Motherwell

Both games are scheduled for Saturday 29th January 2011

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League Cup Quarter Finals Draw

A repeat of last years final is still on the cards as Manchester United and Aston Villa avoided each other in the quarter final draw.  Manchester United have a winnable tie away to West Ham, while Aston Villa have a local derby at neighbours Birmingham which should guarantee a huge crowd.

Arsenal will be happy enough with Wigan at home and if Wenger decides to put out a few 1st teamers they should be in the Semis.

The most intriguing tie is Ipswich v West Brom and given both will be going all out to win this one it will give an indication of how great the gap is becoming between the Championship and the money bags Premier League.

The draw is below with our predicted last 4 marked *

*Arsenal v Wigan
Birmingham v Aston Villa*
West Ham v Manchester United*
Ipswich v West Brom*

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2011 Scottish Cup Third Round Draw

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Although there are still a few ties to be settled below is the up to date draw for the Scottish Cup 3rd round draw, which includes some interesting ties such as little Sunnybank traveling to Ayr United and Livingston who are recovering well from their administration induced demotions trip to Elgin.

Thanks to Bo’ness v Buckie Thistle there will be at last one Scottish Non League side in the 4th round draw this season.   

The Full Scottish Cup third round draw as at 28th Oct

Peterhead v Cowdenbeath
Ross County v Deveronvale
East Fife v Forfar Athletic
Bo’ness United v Buckie Thistle
Spartans v Forres Mechanics or East Stirlingshire
Stirling Albion v Partick Thistle
Cove Rangers v Berwick Rangers
Stenhousemuir v Threave Rovers
Brechin City v Preston Athletic or Annan Athletic
Airdrie United v Beith
Dumbarton v Greenock Morton
Alloa Athletic v Raith Rovers
Montrose or Arbroath v Whitehill Welfare or Wick Academy
Ayr United v Sunnybank
Elgin City v Livingston
Stranraer v Golspie Sutherland or Girvan

Ties scheduled for Saturday 20 November

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Celtic & Rangers Hoping To Avoid Each Other In CIS Semi Finals

Both Celtic & Rangers have made it to the Scottish League Cup Semi Finals following away wins over St Johnstone and Kilmarnock respectively. Rangers didn’t look particularly impressive in beating Killie, who had the lions share of the shots and edged the possession. However Rangers showed more composure in front of goal and a goal in each half was enough to see them through.

Celtic looked to be cruising when going 3-0 up inside 13 minutes however St Johnstone did stage a bit of a fight back pulling the score back to 3-2. However Celtic looked largely in control and probably could have scored again had they applied themselves. The crowd of 5,151 was a tad disapointing and could be the first worrying sign of the age of austerity dawning. With Scottish football already starved of funds dwindling crowds is the last thing it needs. Still an “old firm” Cup Final might just revive things a bit.

Aberdeen & Motherwell are the other two teams in the last 4 as we await the draw.  

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Manchester United Advance in League Cup Thanks To Hernandez

League Cup Holders Manchester United took another step towards retaining the trophy with a hard fought win over fellow Premier Leage side Wolves last night. United fielded a largely second string team and the Manchester contingent in the 46,083 must have had a few nervous moments as a plucky Wolves side twice pegged them back and looked like snatching the game before late substitute Javier Hernandez popped up with a 90th minute winner to send the majority of the crowd home happy.

In the other games Giant Killers Brentford & Northampton finally succumbed losing at Birmingham and Ipswitch respectively. However Brentford did give their premiler league opponents a bit of a fright leading right up until the 92nd minute before conceeding an equlaizer and hen eventually losing 4-3 on penalties.

Leicester and Swansea both lost leaving Ipswich as the only non premier league side currently through to the weekend draw. The only other team who can break the premier league stranglehold, Burnley play away at Aston Villa tonight in a battle of the Claret & Blues.

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FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replay Results

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The FA Cup 1st Round draw is now nearly complete following these replay results.
Nuneaton Town 1 - 0 Workington. Nuneaton grabbed what was to prove to be the winner just after half time in this all Conference North Tie.
Grimsby Town 0 - 1 Tamworth. Tamworth socred the only goal of the game just before half time.
Dover Athletic 5 - 0 Farnborough. A comfortable win for Dover thanks largely to Birchall’s 1st half hat trick.
Dartford 3 - 2 Leiston. Easier than it looked for Dartford as Leiston grabbed a 90th minuter consolation goal.
Bath City 3 - 4 Swindon Supermarine. But of a surprise here as Swindon Supermarine come back from 3-1 down to snatch a last minute win.
Chelmsford City 3 - 2 Carshalton Athletic – Chelmsford advance to meet the winner of the Hendon v Metropolitan Police tie which is being played tonight
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FA Cup 1st Round Draw

The draw for the First Round of the 2011 FA Cup is as follows:

Colchester v Bradford City

Corby v Luton

Harrow Borough v Chesterfield

Notts County v Gateshead

Stevenage v Milton Keynes Dons

Southport v Sheff Wed

Rotherham v York

Havant & Waterlooville v Droylsden

Bury v Exeter

Cheltenham v Morecambe

Hayes & Yeading v Wycombe

Dagenham & Redbridge v Leyton Orient

AFC Wimbledon v Ebbsfleet United

Lincoln City v Workington or Nuneaton

Mansfield v Torquay

Hereford v Hythe Town

Bournemouth v Tranmere

Carshalton Ath or Chelmsford v Hendon or Met Police

Swindon Supermarine or Bath v Eastwood Town

Rushden & D’monds v Yeovil

Southampton v Shrewsbury

Cambridge Utd v Huddersfield

Burton Albion v Oxford Utd

Gillingham v Farnborough or Dover

Tamworth or Grimsby v Crewe

Darlington v Bristol Rovers

Guiseley v Crawley Town

Brighton v Woking

Macclesfield v Southend

Rochdale v FC United of Manchester

Carlisle v Sheffield or Tipton

Leiston or Dartford v Port Vale

Forest Green v Northampton

Fleetwood Town v Walsall

Barnet v Charlton

Plymouth v Swindon

Accrington Stanley v Oldham

Hartlepool v Vauxhall Motors

Stockport v Peterborough

Brentford v Aldershot
The games are scheduled for the weekend of 6 and 7 November.

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Results

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Several Clubs have booked their place in the FA Cup 1st Round proper where they will be looking forward to the prospect of a money spinning tie against one of the bigger League One or Two sides.

The story of the round must be Kent League side Hythe Town  who began their FA Cup campaign in mid August via the Extra Preliminary round with a 4-0 win at home to Bookham in front of 169 fans. Now thanks to their 2-0 win over Staines Town they have became the Kent Leagues first representative in the 1st round proper for 53 years and can expect a few more fans to turn out when they play Hereford United in round 1.

Conference Premier side Crawley Town won the big match of the round beating fellow promotion challengers Newport County 1-0 away while the recent ex league clubs Luton & Darlington both enjoyed comfortable 4 goal margin wins to book their places. Other notable results included Conference leaders AFC Wimbledon who came through a tricky tie at Basingstoke Town and Mansfield Town’s good win away at the up and coming FC Halifax Town.

Tipton Town who also started in the FA Cup extra preliminary round and the Metropolitan Police both earned credible home replays and will hope to emulate Hythe’s performance.  

There is one tie being played today which is FC United of Manchester v Barrow.

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Results  


Sheffield 2 – 2 Tipton Town

 Guiseley AFC 2 – 1 Redditch United

 Fleetwood Town 2 – 1 Buxton

 Altrincham 0 – 2 Gateshead

 Vauxhall Motors 1 – 0 Newcastle Town

 Workington 1 – 1 Nuneaton Town

 Tamworth 1 – 1 Grimsby Town

 Kidderminster Harriers 0 – 2 York City

 FC Halifax Town 0 – 1 Mansfield Town

 Wrexham 1 – 2 Southport

 Stalybridge Celtic 1 – 2 Eastwood Town

 Droylsden 3 – 0 Barwell

 Woking 3 – 2 Eastleigh

 Hythe Town 2 – 0 Staines Town

 Eastbourne Borough 2 – 4 Harrow Borough

Cambridge United 3 – 0 Lewes

Corby Town 3 – 0 Salisbury City

Newport County 0 – 1 Crawley Town

 Luton Town 4 – 0 St Albans City

Farnborough 1 – 1 Dover Athletic

 Kettering Town 1 – 2 Rushden & Diamonds

 Carshalton Athletic 1 – 1 Chelmsford City

 Hendon 0 – 0 Metropolitan Police  

Leiston 0 – 0 Dartford

Basingstoke Town 0 – 1 AFC Wimbledon

 Swindon Supermarine 0 – 0 Bath City  

Havant & Waterlooville 2 – 0 Histon

 Forest Green Rovers 1 – 0 Maidenhead United

 Poole Town 1 – 3 Hayes & Yeading United

 Ebbsfleet United 3 – 0 Boreham Wood

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Metropolitan Police Hold Out For 0-0 Draw In FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round

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Rymans League Division One South side The Metropolitan Police FC are still just a game away from playing in the FA Cup proper thanks to some stout defending in their 0-0 draw away at Hendon.  They played much of the second half with 10 men and goalkeeper Mo Maan was probably man of the match following a string of quality saves. Only 289 fans turned up for what by all accounts was an entertaining match so hopefully a few more will be at the replay. The Metropolitan Police are in good form this season having won all 8 league games and have scored 26 goals while only conceding 2; they will be hard to beat at home.

The reward for the winners is a trip to Carshalton Ath or Chelmsford – not the most glamourous of outcome but one that will guarantee a non league club in the second round.

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