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FA Cup Drama

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cupThere was no shortage of drama in the FA Cup quarter-finals, with Arsenal causing the biggest upset by exiting the competition after losing to neighbours Watford.

Nigerian international Odion Ighalo netted in the 50th minute for Watford, who then went further ahead when their Argentinean midfielder Adlene Guedioura scored a whopper into the top right corner just thirteen minutes later. Daniel Welbeck kept Arsenal’s hopes alive still when he scored in the 88th minute but it was too little too late for the Gunners.

bad boyMeanwhile at Goodison Park where Chelsea were the visitors, the Belgian Romelu Lukaku scored for Everton in the 77 and 82nd minute. The Londoners’ cause was not helped when bad boy Diego Costa (pictured) received a red card for nibbling the ear of Gareth Barry. Ironically, Barry also got a red card for slide tackling Cesc Fabregas.

Over at the Madejski Stadium, Crystal Palace beat Reading 2-0. The home side gave away a penalty tucked in by Yohan Cabaye. Reading defender, Jake Cooper got a red card after the incident and the game was sealed for Palace when Fraizer Campbell scored in extra time.

Finally at old Trafford, West Ham forced a draw with the Red Devils. Dimitri Payet scored a free kick in the 68th minute for the Hammers, only for Anthony Martial to save more blushes from harassed manager Louis van Gaal by netting an equaliser with just 7 minutes remaining. The replay will be on Tuesday the March 22nd.

In the semi-final draw, Crystal Palace will be hosting Watford whilst Everton will be up against West Ham United or Manchester United. These games will be played on the 23rd April.

 

Jake, Year 5

Cottesmore Millfield Academy   

8 Responses to FA Cup Drama

  1. admin March 16, 2016 at 10:11 am

    A good round-up, Jake.

    I was interested to read that even if Arsenal had won the match and then went on to win FA Cup, their fans would not have been fully satisfied – it’s the Premier League title they’re after plus better results in the Champions League.

    See

    http://youngjournalistacademy.com/2016/03/15/is-it-time-for-wenger-to-go/

    Bill
    YJA Senior Editor

  2. Louie Hall March 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Well done Jake, I never knew anything about this.

  3. isobel March 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    well done Jake that was very well written. also sorry about that comment of Louie’s email was on
    I didn’t see that it was

  4. Clare Miller March 16, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Another well written and informative article Jake. Seeing as your favourite football team has already been knocked out, which team would you like to see lift the FA Cup trophy?

  5. Fran March 17, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Very well written article Jake, it was a massive surprise seeing Arsenal lose, I couldn’t believe it!

  6. Will March 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Great article Jake! I couldn’t believe it when I heard that Man U lost 2-0!

  7. Ashley Smart March 20, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Wow Jake, not really much of a football fan but this may of just changed my mind about liking and or disliking it.

  8. Tia Bond April 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Fantastic article Jake. I am not a big fan on football so I don’t know much about it and I haven’t really been interested in it, but this has opened up my eyes to the football world. 🙂