posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 03:35 PM
Ryman League minnows Yeading held their heads high after losing their FA Cup clash only 2-0 to Premiership Newcastle.
Just 24 hours after Manchester United were astonishingly held to a 0-0 draw by Conference outfit Exeter, another upset seemed on the cards with the
score still 0-0 at half-time. In fact, Toon keeper Steve Harper had to pull out a smart save to keep out a David Clarke free kick. But the Magpies
eventually made the breakthrough after 51 minutes, side-footing home from eight yards after Craig Bellamy had supplied the precise low centre. Just
over 10 minutes later, it was 2-0 when Shola Ameobi headed home a Darren Ambrose free kick. But Yeading refused to buckle and with a sprinkling of
luck and resolute defending, kept the deficit to just two goals. Darti Brown even forced Harper into a brilliant last-minute save with a scorching
25-yarder and earned a standing ovation all around the ground at the final whistle.
In the day's other third round tie, Arsenal suffered the shock of going behind to Stoke before emerging 2-1 winners. Wayne Thomas put the Championship
side ahead right on the stroke of half-time at Highbury. But a strong Gunners side shrugged off the blow to hit back with goals from Jose Antonio
Reyes and Robin van Persie in the second half. But in between the goals, Gael Clichy headed a Chris Greenacre effort off the line and Ade Akinbiyi
smacked a 20-yard shot against the bar leaving the Gunners relieved to edge into Monday's fourth-round draw.