posted on Feb, 19 2005 @ 02:30 PM
Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Leicester sent below-par Charlton tumbling out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 fifth-round victory at The Valley.
The Foxes took the lead in the first half but were pegged back, and missed a number of chances to win the game until Dion Dublin's flicked header
proved the difference late in the day. Alan Curbishley's side had offered little for much of the half and when veteran defender Nikos Dabizas headed
the east midlands side in front. But Dabizas could have done better to prevent Charlton's equaliser, Shaun Bartlett quickest to react to Paul
Konchesky's centre. Leicester continued to push forward in the second half but could not find a way past Dean Kiely until Dublin guided Gareth
Williams' corner home with barely a minute remaining.
League Two minnows Brentford secured a replay against Southampton after out-playing their Barclays Premiership hosts at St Mary's in a 2-2 draw. The
Bees went two goals behind early on but battled back and had chances to win the game, but will settle for a replay at Griffin Park on March 1. Henry
Camara edged Saints in front just four minutes in and the plucky visitors had the wind taken from their sails with a farcical second goal for
Southampton. Bees goalkeeper Stuart Nelson went to kick the ball upfield but hit Kevin Phillips' head and his shot was saved by Nelson. But Camara was
in the right place at the right time to shoot into an empty net. However, Martin Allen's side grabbed a lifeline when Sam Sodje confidently took the
ball out of defence and fed former Arsenal striker Isaiah Rankin, who blasted home five minutes from the break. The impressive Sodje then headed the
Londoners' equaliser from close range, exposing Southampton's rickety defence. More chances came and went, Southampton enjoying a late push - with
Phillips having a goal disallowed in added time - but Harry Redknapp's side must travel to the capital.
An injury-time penalty was enough to secure Sheffield United a replay against Arsenal after an enthralling 1-1 draw at Highbury. A first-half melee
resulted in Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp being sent off for raising his hand to Danny Cullip and with the rested Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira
not even on the bench, Arsene Wenger's options were limited. But with 12 minutes remaining Mathieu Flamini tested the impenetrable Paddy Kenny and
when the Blades goalkeeper could only parry the shot, substitute Robert Pires reacted fastest to break the deadlock. But with seconds remaining Cullip
tried to hook the ball into the Arsenal penalty area and when it hit Philippe Senderos' hand, referee Neale Barry gave a penalty and Blades striker
Andy Gray kept his cool to secure a replay on March 1.
Manchester United eased into the quarter-finals after a 2-0 win at Everton. The match was billed as Wayne Rooney's return to Goodison after his
controversial 27m move but it was Quinton Fortune and Cristiano Ronaldo who grabbed the goals. Fortune headed home Ronaldo's cross in the first half
and the Portuguese winger snapped up a rebound after the break after keeper Nigel Martyn parried Paul Scholes' deflected free kick. The game was
marred late on when United keeper Roy Carroll was hit by a missile thrown from the crowd.
Bolton overcame Premiership rivals Fulham 1-0 to secure a place quarter-finals. Henrik Pedersen crafted an opening and set up Kevin Davies for his
eighth goal of the season after 12 minutes and for all Fulham's huff and puff, they could not find a leveller.
Results source: Sportinglife.com