Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge United: Ironside and Mitov heroics secure huge FA Cup upset for League One team

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
 (PA)
(PA)

Newcastle suffered arguably the upset of the FA Cup third-round after being knocked out at home by Cambridge.

The League One team packed out the away end at St James’ Park on Saturday with the home fans also arriving in their droves, and being treated to the debut of new signing Kieran Trippier at right-back of a strong side named by Eddie Howe.

Yet Cambridge upset the odds with a 56th-minute strike from Joe Ironside after Newcastle failed to clear their lines.

For the visitors, who sit 16th in the third-tier, it proved to be a famous afternoon as they booked a place in the fourth-round in fairytale fashion with keeper Dimitar Mitov producing a string of fine saves, one of them a stunning effort to keep out Joelinton's injury-time header.

Trippier was forced to make his presence felt vocally as well as on the ball as a promising start by the Premier League side fell victim to a series of errors, and the Magpies were fortunate not to be made to pay for a lack of concentration which allowed visiting full-back George Williams a free header from a 16th-minute short corner.

Allan Saint-Maximin, who had earlier dragged an attempt wide, was unable to hit the target after meeting Murphy's cross at full-stretch two minutes later, and he just failed to get on the end of Joelinton stabbed 21st-minute pass with the home side finally starting to find a rhythm.

Mitov did well to turn away Murphy's curling effort from Saint-Maximin's intelligent pass, but fielded Joelinton's header from a Ryan Fraser corner with some comfort.

The Magpies, playing for the first time in 12 days, were dominating possession, but wasting much of it with a series of aimless crosses which caused the visitors' defence few problems. However, Mitov did have to save from Saint-Maximin and Murphy in quick succession either side of a correctly-disallowed Schar strike.

In the meantime, last man Matt Ritchie had been given the benefit of the doubt by both referee Michael Salisbury and VAR official Peter Bankes after an untidy challenge on Harvey Knibbs.

Mitov then had to excel himself on the stroke of half-time to divert Murphy's rasping drive on to the crossbar, and was grateful to see Joelinton steer Trippier's corner straight into his waiting arms two minutes after the restart.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

Murphy's accomplished 51st-minute finish counted for nothing after an offside flag ruined his celebrations, and Trippier could not beat the defensive wall with a free-kick four minutes later as the Magpies' frustration grew.

The mood inside St James' Park took a turn for the worse when first Martin Dubravka and then Fabian Schar failed to deal with a ball into the box and Cambridge forward Ironside pounced to put the visitors ahead.

Newcastle's response was concerted, but disjointed as extensive possession failed to yield meaningful opportunities, although Cambridge needed a superb Mitov save from Joelinton's late header to seal an unlikely win.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting