LONDON – The romance of the FA Cup was in full bloom yesterday as Oldham shocked Premier League high-flyer Everton with a 1-0 third round away win. Fellow League One side Huddersfield also enjoyed victory over top-flight opposition by beating Birmingham City 2-1 in the third round – the stage when teams from English football’s top two divisions enter the competition.
Premier League club Blackburn Rovers also fell at the first hurdle, beaten 4-1 at home as Championship side Coventry enjoyed its second surprise result in Cup competition this season after knocking Manchester United out of the League Cup.
Sheffield United, also of the Championship, ensured that top-flight Bolton’s FA Cup campaign fell at the first hurdle with a 1-0 away win, Socceroo David Carney scoring his first goal for the Blades.
Elsewhere non-league Havant and Waterlooville, in a match where both sides had a man sent-off, came from behind to draw 1-1 away to League One leader Swansea.
Holder Chelsea beat west London rivals and big- spending Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers 1-0 while Middlesbrough came from behind to defeat Premier League promotion hopeful Bristol City 2-1.
Manchester United knocked Aston Villa out for the second time in two seasons, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney scoring late on to secure a 2-0 win.
Oldham, 13th in League One two divisions below the top flight, saw Scottish midfielder Gary McDonald make Everton, sixth in the Premier League, pay for fielding an under-strength side with a goal in first-half injury time.
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