The FA Cup - Third Round
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Cambridge United 2-1 Luton Town

Cambridge 2-1 Luton highlights

League Two Cambridge United reached the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 15 years with a 2-1 victory over league rivals Luton Town.

Forward Robbie Simpson gave the hosts the lead in the first half when he poked in after his penalty was initially saved.

Ryan Donaldson slotted in a second after the hour, but defender Michael Harriman pulled one back with a header.

Jonathan Smith shot just wide for Luton but Cambridge held on.

It is the first time Cambridge have progressed this far in the competition since the 1999-2000 season, and it was a deserved win for Richard Money's side.

Luton will perhaps rue a miss by Andy Drury, who failed to hit the target despite being presented with an open goal early in the second half.

That would have cancelled out Simpson's opener, which came midway through the first half.

Luton keeper Mark Tyler brought down Donaldson inside the area and Simpson stepped up to take the resulting penalty. Tyler parried it on to the post but Simpson reacted quickly to fire home.

Donaldson hit the crossbar in the second half but made no mistake when he latched on to Tom Champion's ball and slotted home.

Harriman set up a tense finish when he headed in Drury's cross soon after Donaldson's goal and although the visitors pressed in the closing stages, they could not force an equaliser.

Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought we played terrific today - I really did. I thought in the first half there was not a lot in it but I thought we had the edge.

"In the second half it was one-way traffic but sometimes it doesn't go for you.

"It was a good cup tie, both teams had a go.

"Illness has gone right through the club, and yesterday we weren't sure who could play, so in terms of preparation it wasn't the best."

Line-ups

Cambridge

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Dunn
  • 2Tait
  • 4Coulson
  • 18Nelson
  • 3Taylor
  • 22ChadwickSubstituted forKaikaiat 89'minutes
  • 8Champion
  • 17Hughes
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forDunkat 79'minutes
  • 15Simpson
  • 10ElliottSubstituted forBirdat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Miller
  • 11Dunk
  • 13Norris
  • 25Atkinson
  • 26Hurst
  • 31Kaikai
  • 32Bird

Luton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1TylerBooked at 27mins
  • 29ConnollySubstituted forRuddock Mpanzuat 59'minutes
  • 2Franks
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 11Howells
  • 22Harriman
  • 4Smith
  • 8Drury
  • 28Stevenson
  • 19MillerBooked at 34minsSubstituted forWalkerat 65'minutes
  • 13CullenSubstituted forLafayetteat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 15Rooney
  • 16Justham
  • 17Ruddock Mpanzu
  • 18Lafayette
  • 23Robinson
  • 35Walker
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
7,063

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Luton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Luton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Jim Stevenson (Luton Town).

  4. Post update

    Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sullay Kaikai (Cambridge United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bird (Cambridge United).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Sullay Kaikai replaces Luke Chadwick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Walker (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

  12. Post update

    Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Richard Tait.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Ryan Bird replaces Tom Elliott.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Harrison Dunk.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Walker (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Walker (Luton Town).