The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Middlesbrough 1-1 Newport County in FA Cup third round

League Two Newport County scored a last-minute equaliser to force a replay with Championship Middlesbrough.

Former Boro academy player Matthew Dolan - who never played a first-team game for the club - poked home in the fourth minute of stoppage time to take the tie back to Rodney Parade.

Daniel Ayala put Boro into the lead early in the second half.

Newport piled on the pressure in the final 10 minutes and had three chances before Dolan found a way through.

County, who beat Premier League Leicester City in the last round, have only once made the fifth round of the FA Cup back in 1949.

Former Chelsea midfielder Jon Mikel Obi, who moved to the Riverside earlier this week, showed glimpses of his Champions League-winning class in his hour on the field, although at times he appeared rusty having not played since November after leaving Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda.

Padraig Amond had an opportunity after just 30 seconds for Newport, but Boro should have been ahead before the break after Britt Assombalonga and Aden Flint had good chances while Lewis Wing clipped the top of the bar with a long-range effort.

Amond almost gave County the lead 10 minutes before the beak when he found himself unmarked at the far post, but Darren Randolph saved well from close range.

Ayala's goal was the highlight of a second period that did not come to life until the final 10 minutes as Newport threw everything at their hosts.

Antoine Semenyo headed wide after beating his marker before volleying over from close range, while Jamille Matt forced a good save from Randolph after turning his marker and shooting from six yards out.

But Dolan's late effort means Newport could claim a £250,000 bonus as the final League Two side in the FA Cup if they can cause an upset in next week's replay.

Newport County manager Michael Flynn:

"I'm not soft but I do have a little bit of sentiment and I said to my assistant, look, we've got to give him (Dolan) a game because it's his home-town club.

"I thought with the quality he's got in his left foot if we get a set-play he might be able to score one, and that's what he did.

"He did my head in because his socks weren't ready. He hadn't taped them up properly so he took longer than he wanted. We had a few choice words but it's all forgotten about now.

"It's unbelievable - you can't write it.

"The boy who scored was an ex-Boro player and a Middlesbrough lad, and I don't think he's ever scored a goal in the box - it's a fairytale really."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"I thought they (Newport) played with great spirit and togetherness and they deserve all the credit that hopefully they will be given.

"The big disappointment for me was that we didn't stop crosses - it was almost like we were quite happy for them to stick it in the box and there were lots of occasions we could have got our bodies in the way."

Pulis on John Mikel Obi's debut:

"It's the first time he's had his boots on for a couple of months.

"John is a quality player, wonderful person, and he'll be good for us but we've got to get him fit."



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 23Randolph
  • 5ShottonSubstituted forMcNairat 72'minutes
  • 4Ayala
  • 24Flint
  • 3Friend
  • 2MikelSubstituted forClaytonat 62'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 26Wing
  • 22Saville
  • 18FletcherBooked at 52minsSubstituted forTavernierat 80'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga


  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 6Batth
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Hugill
  • 17McNair
  • 28Tavernier
  • 29van La Parra


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 30Townsend
  • 26Poole
  • 25O'Brien
  • 28DemetriouSubstituted forDolanat 87'minutes
  • 3Butler
  • 7Willmott
  • 17Bennett
  • 15BakinsonSubstituted forLabadieat 78'minutes
  • 42Semenyo
  • 9AmondSubstituted forSheehanat 79'minutes
  • 11Matt


  • 2Pipe
  • 4Labadie
  • 8Dolan
  • 10Marsh-Brown
  • 16Sheehan
  • 21Hornby-Forbes
  • 44Neufville
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Newport County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Newport County 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Newport County 1. Matthew Dolan (Newport County) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joss Labadie (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Dolan.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark O'Brien (Newport County) header from very close range is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamille Matt (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Semenyo with a headed pass.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Matthew Dolan replaces Mickey Demetriou.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Semenyo (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mickey Demetriou with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

  11. Post update

    Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Antoine Semenyo (Newport County) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

  16. Post update

    Regan Poole (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marcus Tavernier replaces Ashley Fletcher.

  18. Post update

    George Saville (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Josh Sheehan replaces Padraig Amond.


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