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Football | FA Cup 2023 | Fifth round | Round-up

By Chris Sampson

  • Grimsby shock Saints, Blades stun Spurs
  • Man City and Man United go through
  • Arsenal stretch lead at top, Liverpool win
UK -The FA Cup fifth round saw two of the favourites go through but also threw up some shocks.


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Southampton 1 Grimsby Town 2

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League Two Grimsby Town stunned Southampton to reach the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 84 years.

Gavan Holohan struck twice from the penalty spot to give the Mariners a two-goal advantage. The first came in stoppage time at the end of the first half when Lyanco was adjudged to have handled Josh Emmanuel’s cross.

Then on 50 minutes Saints defender Duje Caleta-Car then caught Danilo Orsi with a stray arm. Once again Holohan kept his cool to covert.

Caleta-Car finished from  close-range on 65 minutes to give the Saints hope. Grimsby had a late scare when Theo Walcott had a goal ruled out for offside. However, the League Two side held on to send the Town fans who had made the long trip wild. They can now look forward to another trip to the South Coast when they face Brighton in the quarter finals.

As for the Saints they have only a relegation battle to look forward to for the remainder of the season.


Sheffield United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0

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In the previous round Sheffield United had come close to being the victims of a giant killing. The Blades required a replay to get past National League Wrexham, and at one point were heading out of the cup. However, on this occasion it was the Yorkshire side causing the upset as the Championship promotion chasers disposed of Tottenham Hotspur, currently fourth in the Premier League.

Iliman Ndiaye scored a superb late winner to send Bramall Lane into raptures. And on the night a superb  defensive display and a great performance in midfield from Tommy Doyle had made for an evenly matched contest.

The game appeared to be heading to extra time until substitute Ndiaye intervened. He jinked  past a couple of defenders before beating Fraser Forster low down at his near post.

Despite beating London rivals Chelsea at the weekend to boost their Champions League hopes Tottenham looked lethargic and failed to test Wes Foderingham in the Sheffield United goal. However, credit has to be given to the home side for not allowing Spurs the chance to play.

Richarlison blazed over from close range, but he and his fellow front players failed to make an impact.  Harry Kane, who had been rested, was brought off the bench. But the club’s record scorer was unable to test a determined and organised home side.

Man City ease through, Red Devils’ quadruple bid alive

Manchester City strolled into the sixth round with a comfortable win at Bristol City. Manchester United, for whom a quadruple is still a possibility, came from behind to beat West Ham. Fulham, Burnley, Brighton and Blackburn all went through.


The FA Cup Quarter-finals take place on the weekend of March 18. The Premier League resumes on Saturday March 4.