Luton Town stun Norwich City

Luton Town stun Norwich City

Luton Town made a mockery of the 85 places between themselves and Norwich City to become the first minor league club to beat a top-flight side in the FA Cup for 24 years on Saturday.

Scott Rendell scored 10 minutes from time to earn the fifth-tier side a 1-0 win at Norwich’s Carrow Road stadium and leave another indelible mark in the competition’s giant-killing history.

Premier League Queens Park Rangers also suffered a humiliating 4-2 exit at the hands of third tier Milton Keynes Dons to pile on the misery for the struggling London club who are mired deep in a relegation battle.

Drama was in short supply at Old Trafford where Manchester United sauntered past Fulham 4-1.

They were joined in the fifth round by champions Manchester City who won another all top flight clash against Stoke City 1-0 courtesy of a late strike from Pablo Zabaleta.

Second tier Brighton and Hove Albion pushed Arsenal all the way on the south coast before substitute Theo Walcott scored in the 85th minute to edge his side to a 3-2 win.

Everton’s John Heitinga scored in the 90th minute as the Premier League side beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1.

Not since Sutton United beat Coventry City in the third round in January 1989, had a club from outside the top four divisions overcome top-flight opposition in the FA Cup.
Luton, relegated from the old first division in 1992 and dumped out of the Football League in 2009, lie sixth in the fifth tier of English football.

Manchester United, seeking a 12th FA Cup triumph but a first since 2004, were far too strong for a woeful Fulham side.  A Ryan Giggs penalty, two goals from Javier Hernandez and one for Wayne Rooney put the Reds in cruise controlbefore a Fulham consolation from Aaron Hughes.

On Sunday,  striker Fernando Torres rescued holders Chelsea from an ignominious fourth-round exit after his 83rd-minute equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw at third tier Brentford. 

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