Maidstone pull off historic FA Cup shock and Brighton win thriller

National League South side Maidstone stunned Championship high-flyers Ipswich to reach the FA Cup fifth round

Mark Staniforth
Saturday 27 January 2024 18:39 GMT
Maidstone stunned Ipswich in the FA Cup fourth round
Maidstone stunned Ipswich in the FA Cup fourth round (AFP via Getty Images)

Maidstone United pulled off one of the greatest FA Cup upsets of recent times as goals from Lamar Reynolds and Sam Corne sealed a 2-1 win over Championship promotion chasers Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

The National League South side weathered a storm of pressure and were indebted to goalkeeper Lucas Covolan as they clung on to seal a place in the fifth round for the first time – becoming the first sixth-tier or lower side to reach that stage since Blyth Spartans in 1978.

Reynolds surged over the halfway line to coolly chip home his side’s opener two minutes before the break but Ipswich looked to have avoided embarrassment when Jeremy Sarmiento levelled at the start of the second half.

Corne finished off from another slick counter-attacking move to put the visitors back in front on 66 minutes and the Stones somehow held on with Covolan pulling off a series of fine saves including tipping a late Conor Chaplin effort onto the bar.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Joao Pedro scored a hat-trick as Brighton and Hove Albion got the better of Sheffield United in a 5-2 win at Bramall Lane.

Pedro scored twice from the spot and crashed in an 18-yard drive after Facundo Buonanotte’s strike had given the Seagulls an early lead, with Danny Welbeck scoring at the death to seal an emphatic victory.

The Blades had battled back from 2-0 down to level thanks to goals from Gus Hamer and Will Osula.

Joao Pedro grabbed a hat-trick for Brighton (PA)

Leeds United let Championship rivals Plymouth Argyle off the hook as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.

Jaidon Anthony’s stunning solo effort put his side in front on 31 minutes but Adam Randell levelled for Plymouth on 73 minutes and Leeds blew a number of chances to win it, including a stoppage-time miss from Patrick Bamford.

And Championship table-toppers Leicester City turned on the style in the second half to beat Birmingham City 3-0 with goals from Jamie Vardy, Yunus Akgun and Dennis Praet.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in