Manchester United will play League One’s Yeovil Town in FA Cup after replays
Third-division Yeovil Town earned a dream FA Cup third-round tie at home to giants Manchester United after beating fourth-tier Accrington Stanley 2-0 in a second-round replay on Tuesday.
The game at Yeovil’s Huish Park ground, played in front of 6,373 fans, looked to be heading to extra time until Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore scored twice in the final six minutes.
Yeovil were relegated from the second-tier Championship last season and currently sit in the League One relegation zone, 62 places below 11-time cup-winners United in the English league system.
“The pressure was on because everyone in Somerset wanted Manchester United to come down to Huish Park,” Yeovil manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Because of the prize, nobody wanted to make a mistake. When the second goal went in, that was when the Yeovil fans could really celebrate because at that point we were in the ascendancy.
“I think all the board of directors were on their knees for 90 minutes, praying that we’d win. They’ll be very proud of their football club.”
The two teams have met only twice before, with both games coming in the FA Cup. United crushed Yeovil 8-0 in the fifth round in February 1949, having beaten them 3-0 in the third round 11 years earlier.
Elsewhere, fourth-tier Tranmere Rovers set up a third-round match at home to top-flight Swansea City by winning 2-1 at home to Oxford United.
The third-round ties are due to be played on the weekend of January 3-4.
Other results: Chester 0 Barnsley 3; Luton Town 1 Bury 0; Mansfield Town 0 Cambridge United 1; Rochdale 4 Aldershot Town 1. Wednesday: Worcester City v Scunthorpe United
Updated FA Cup third-round draw after Tuesday’s second-round replays:
Arsenal v Hull City
Southampton v Ipswich Town
Stoke City v Wrexham
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Dover v Crystal Palace
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
West Brom v Gateshead
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth
Huddersfield Town v Reading
Tranmere Rovers v Swansea City
Cardiff City v Colchester United
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Sunderland v Leeds United
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Millwall v Bradford City
Derby County v Southport
Brentford v Brighton
Fulham v Wolves
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Scunthorpe/Worcester v Chesterfield
Everton v West Ham United
Cambridge United v Luton Town
Chelsea v Watford
Barnsley v Middlesbrough
QPR v Sheffield United
Yeovil Town v Manchester United
Preston North End v Norwich City
Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City
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Published: December 17, 2014 04:00 AM