Welsh woe in FA Cup


There was woe for Wales on Sunday as both Swansea and Cardiff crashed out of the FA Cup in the third round to lower-league opponents.

Kemar Roofe was Oxford’s two-goal hero as Swansea found themselves on the wrong end of the first major upset of the round.

Former West Brom youngster Roofe scored twice in the second half as the Sky Bet League 2 U’s came from behind to stun the Barclays Premier League side 3-2.

Alan Curtis made 10 changes for his first match since being named Swans manager until the end of the season – then watched in horror from the touchline as the decision backfired spectacularly.

There was little sign of the drama to come when Swansea took the lead, albeit against the run of play, thanks to a stylish goal by Jefferson Montero.

Oxford deservedly hit back through Liam Sercombe’s penalty before half-time, and then Roofe blew the Swans away with his quickfire double after the break.

Bafetimbi Gomis pulled one back but the visitors could not find an equaliser and slipped to a chastening defeat.

And later in the day, Andy Mangan marked his return to Shrewsbury with a winning goal for the Sky Bet League 1 club as they beat Championship side Cardiff 1-0.

The 29-year-old rejoined the Shrews for a second spell from Tranmere on Thursday and made an immediate impact with a second-half header to put Micky Mellon’s side in the fourth-round draw.

Harry Kane came off the bench to rescue Tottenham and keep their FA Cup hopes alive as his late penalty earned a replay against Leicester.

The Foxes had looked on course to continue their marvellous season with another impressive victory before Kane hammered home his 14th goal of the season to seal a 2-2 draw after Nathan Dyer was penalised for handball with a little over a minute remaining.

Christian Eriksen had given the hosts an early lead but Marcin Wasilewski headed Leicester level before substitute Shinji Okazaki’s early second-half goal looked to have settled the tie in favour of Claudio Ranieri’s men.

But Pochettino threw on Kane with 22 minutes remaining as the contest ended in a draw, meaning by the time January is out the two sides will have met on three occasions.

Teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first senior goal settled a niggly tie as Chelsea ground past Scunthorpe 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa’s fourth goal in three games handed Chelsea the perfect start, only for Guus Hiddink’s men to drift off and allow League One side Scunthorpe to turn the tie into a scrap.

The 19-year-old Loftus-Cheek’s composed finish secured Chelsea safe passage to the fourth round, though, after Scunthorpe were denied a second-half penalty.

Chelsea will hope England Under-21 star Loftus-Cheek’s tidy performance points to a coming of age, after limited past opportunities.

And interim Blues boss Hiddink will be heartened by hit man Costa taking another step forward in his fight for top form.

Shaun Jeffers grabbed an injury time equaliser to earn Yeovil a replay against Carlisle at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.

Twice Carlisle led, through a Danny Grainger free-kick and a Mark Ellis header, but a Francois Zoko goal and Jeffers’ late effort made it 2-2


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