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06th Jan 2019

Carlow man scores the winning goal as Newport knock Leicester out of FA Cup


The magic of the FA Cup is alive and well.

League Two Newport County have knocked the Premier League’s Leicester City out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Rodney Parade. And Padraig Amond, an Irish striker, got the winning goal.

Jamille Matt headed home for the fourth tier side in the 10th minute, putting them on track for an upset, only for Rachid Ghezzal to break the home side’s hearts with an equaliser in the 82nd minute.

However, moments later a penalty was awarded to Newport when the ball struck Marc Albrighton’s arm, which was converted by Amond in the 85th minute.

There are 74 league places between the two sides and Newport fans belted out “Don’t take me home” from the stands as they hung on through four minutes of injury time to cement the 3rd round’s biggest giant killing.

Key Leicester players Kasper Schmeichel, Harry Maguire, Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy were left out of the starting line-up, but a back four of Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans and Christian Fuchs played the game.

Carlow-native Amond has previously played for Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers. The 30-year-old striker has 11 goals in 26 games for Newport this season.

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