Chelsea into FA Cup semis, to face Southampton as Utd pair Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea will face Southampton in the semisLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 18 – Pedro Rodriguez came off the bench to halt Chelsea’s slide with an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory at Leicester on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.Chelsea will now face Southampton in the last four while Manchester United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in a mouth watering clash. Alvaro Morata’s first goal since Boxing Day on his return to the Chelsea starting line-up put the visitors on course to bounce back from their Champions League elimination at the hands of Barcelona in midweek.However, Jamie Vardy’s equaliser 15 minutes from time made them do it the hard way in an extra 30 minutes.Yet, for all Antonio Conte’s complaints this season about his side’s strength in depth, the Italian was able to call on Pedro to turn the game in Chelsea’s favour when he headed home former Leicester favourite N’Golo Kante’s cross.Chelsea had lost three of their past four matches to fall behind in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League as well as their European exit.But victory does at least keep their chances of silverware to end the season alive.Chelsea will meet Southampton in the last four, while Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur for a place in the final.Both Morata and Pedro had a point to prove after being left out of the Spain squad on Friday just three months ahead of the World Cup.Morata was recalled for just his second start since the sides last met in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge back in January.And after a quiet start, Chelsea’s club record £70 million buy from Real Madrid was presented with his first big chance of the afternoon when he was brilliantly picked out by Marcos Alonso’s low cross, but his shot was far too close to Kasper Schmeichel.– Morata ends drought –Chelsea’s Alvaro MorataMorata headed another half-chance from a teasing Willian cross over and then hit the outside of the post from the narrowest of angles.The goal he craved finally arrived three minutes before half-time, but much of the credit must go to Willian who surged through the heart of the Leicester midfield on the counter-attack before feeding Morata.And Morata coolly clipped the ball beyond the advancing Schmeichel with an assuredness unbefitting of a striker who had gone 13 games without a goal.Despite going in front, Conte still withdrew Tiemoue Bakayoko at half-time after another awful 45 minutes for the Frenchman in a desperately disappointing debut season in English football following a £40 million move from Monaco.The visitors were happy to take their chances on the counter-attack in the second period as they began to feel the after-effects of their run around at Barcelona in midweek.Leicester’s search for an equaliser was largely laboured and, even when a big chance did arise, Vardy headed wastefully over when completely unmarked inside the area.However, the England international made amends 15 minutes from time when he forced the ball home at the third attempt after Vicente Iborra’s first two efforts were blocked and then saved by Willy Caballero.Only a fine low save from Caballero prevented Vardy from turning the tie completely around eight minutes later as both sides settled for extra time.Crucially, Conte was able to refresh his side as Pedro, Gary Cahill and Olivier Giroud were all introduced in the first half of extra time.And it was Pedro who proved the match winner in unfamiliar fashion as he rose to outjump Schmeichel and nod into an unguarded net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS

first_imgInishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division Reports 27/01/2013Glengad Res 1-3 Culdaff ResPlayed in wet and windy conditions the home side with the advantage of the elements began well with Michael Gallagher firing narrowly wide from twelve yards.They were unlucky on 14 minutes when a Gary Kelly header from a corner was cleared off the line by Culdaffs Peter Doherty.Culdaff came more into the game as the half wore on with Conor O Brien racing onto a ball over the top only to see his attempted chip brilliantly saved by Michael McLaughlin.They took the lead before the interval when a William Hutchinson effort from the edge of the area was deflected past McLaughlin. Culdaff got a dream start to the second period when they increased their lead on 55 minutes after Barry Fitzpatrick cut inside two defenders before firing low to the bottom corner from twenty yards.The home side hit back within minutes and reduced the deficit when Daniel Mullarkey’s free found Seamus Doherty unmarked and he headed to the roof of the net.Glengad were on top at this stage and Michael Doherty headed just over before Kelly controlled a Stephen Doherty cross but fired straight at George Houten.Culdaff regained the initiative and on 83 minutes O Brien had a header well tipped over by McLaughlin.Minutes later Terence McLaughlin fed O Brien and he fired a superb twenty yards effort to the top corner to seal the points. Aileach Res 1-2 Carn ResCarn Reserves caused the biggest upset of the season when they travelled to Aileach and defeated the home side two weeks after suffering an eight two defeat at home.There was little in the game in the opening half an hour but the visitors then took the lead when Conor Doherty’s cross was headed home by the unmarked Brendan Tabb. Before the break the home side replied and Eddie McGrath found space in the area but fired straight at JJ Doherty in the Carn goal.Aileach had the frirst chance of the second half when McGrath ran clear of the visitors defence but with only Doherty to beat he fired wide.At the other end Conor Doherty was also just wide before a quick free by the visitors sent Niall McLaughlin clear to fire low past David McGeady from fifteen yards.Aileach got a consolation with five minutes to go when substitute Stephen Doherty fired a superb shot in off the underside of the bar from the edge of the area. Clonmany Res 3-0 Sea RoversThis match was switched to Saturday afternoon,and Clonmany dominated the first half.They took the lead on 11minutes when Kevin McCarron’s corner kick found Patrick Harkin at the back post.Patrick’s header crashed back of the crossbar and Clonmany right-back Dean Kelly was first to react,volleying the rebound to the net from six yards out,giving Sea Rover’s keeper Fergal Bradley no chance.Clonmany almost added a second on 13minutess when Kevin McCarron cut into the box from the left wing and drove in a powerful shot which came back of Bradley’s left hand post,with the ball coming out to Clonmany’s Aidan Doherty 12yards out,but Sea Rover’s Paddy Logue was able to block his shot.Sea Rovers almost equalised on 16minutess when they launched a counter-attack and capitalising on a weak clearance Gerard Crossan broke clear.But Clonmany centre-half Martin Kelly made a superb last-ditch tackle to thwart him.Clonmany struck the woodwork for a third time on 18minutes when Jonathan McDaid’s dangerous cross from wide on the right flank came back off the crossbar,with Fergal Bradley scrambling,but the ball was cleared to safety.Clonmany finally got the second goal their play deserved when Alan Friel played a perfectly weighted pass through to find Patrick Harkin’s run and he slotted low past Fergal Bradley to find the bottom corner of the net.The woodwork again denied Clonmany on 26minutess after Jonathan McDaid’s through ball found another Patrick Harkin run, but this time he was forced out wide by Fergal Bradley and his shot from a narrow angle came back of the angle of post and crossbar and was cleared to safety.Clonmany made it three nil on 40minutes when Brian Devlin’s cross from wide on the left found Aidan Doherty in front of goals and he slotted home.The weather deteriorated during half-time and that and both teams making a string of substitutions were factors in making the second half less open with few real goalscoring opportunities.On 71minutess a cross from the right wing by Clonmany’s Kevin McCarron found Aidan Doherty just inside the area but his volley just cleared the bar.Clonmany’s last chance to add to the score came on 82minutess when a corner from the right was recycled at the back post and Brian Devlin tried a shot from just outside the area but it was always rising.Sea Rovers almost grabbed a consolation on 89minutes when Gerard Crossan’s shot from the right of the area seemed to be goalbound only for Clonmany keeper Roger McGilloway to pull off a fine save.Inishowen Engineering Premier Reserve League top goal scorersGary Kelly Glengad Res 10 Aiden Lynch QPS Res 7Darragh McDermott Cockhill Res 6Stephen Doherty Aileach Res 6Niall McLaughlin Glengad Res 5 Paul Hegarty QPS Res 5INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTS was last modified: January 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:aileachcarnclonmanycludaffculdaffGlengadINISHOWEN FOOTBALL: INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE PREMIER DIVISION REPORTSsea roverslast_img read more