The FA Cup - Third Round - Replay
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Carlisle 3-4 Cardiff, FA Cup third-round replay

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Highlights: Carlisle United 3-4 Cardiff City

Cardiff City edged a thrilling FA Cup replay against League Two Carlisle to set up a fourth-round tie at Reading.

Carlisle scored through Nathan Thomas' 20-yard shot, before Aden Flint headed in Will Vaulks' long throw to equalise.

Josh Murphy volleyed Cardiff ahead and Flint got his second from close range.

McKirdy converted Thomas' cross for Carlisle, but Danny Ward's fine turn and finish restored Cardiff's two-goal advantage and they held on, despite McKirdy scoring a spectacular second.

Carlisle had been 2-0 up in the opening match before two second-half goals from the Championship side took it to a replay and the two teams produced a fantastic match at Brunton Park.

The hosts went ahead after only seven minutes when Thomas scored after Hallam Hope had done well to keep the ball in play. However, the lead only lasted 11 minutes as Flint's header made it 1-1 and Carlisle had a chance to retake the lead but McKirdy's powerful effort hit the woodwork.

Cardiff, 12th in the Championship, went ahead for the first time through Murphy's volley in first-half injury time and the game looked finished when Flint scored his second early after the restart.

But McKirdy pulled one back from Thomas' cross, although Ward put Cardiff 4-2 ahead in the 57th minute.

However, a great strike from McKirdy in the 64th minute gave him his second goal, Carlisle their third and his team 26 minutes plus injury time to find a goal that would have taken the tie to extra-time.

Carlisle, 21st in League Two, had been the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament but they could not find a fourth goal and Cardiff will now play at Reading on Saturday, 25 January.

It means Northampton Town, who face Derby at home in the fourth round, pick up an extra £250,000 for being the last remaining League Two side left in the FA Cup.

'It could have been 10-6'

Cardiff manager Neil Harris: "In the end it could have been 10-6 to us. Both teams stuck at it and for us it was a test of character.

"It was a proper cup tie, that's what the FA Cup is all about. A great spectacle.

"I would like it to have been more comfortable, but tonight it's about celebrating a victory."

Carlisle boss Chris Beech: "I'm pleased with the efforts the players put in. They were honest and put in some hard work. I told them that's what I'm looking for.

"I felt we played the conditions better and we have scored five goals in two games against a side that was in the Premier League not so long ago.

"Maybe we should play Cardiff every week if we can get performances like that."

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Collin
  • 14Jones
  • 17Webster
  • 5MellishSubstituted forOlomolaat 81'minutes
  • 3Iredale
  • 8JonesSubstituted forChartersat 87'minutes
  • 12Watt
  • 10ScougallSubstituted forLoftat 67'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 11McKirdyBooked at 24mins
  • 9Hope

Substitutes

  • 15Charters
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Gray
  • 24Olomola
  • 25Loft
  • 27Knight-Percival
  • 28Sagaf

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 32CoxeSubstituted forBennettat 70'minutes
  • 22Bamba
  • 5Flint
  • 21Richards
  • 6Vaulks
  • 8Ralls
  • 11MurphyBooked at 90mins
  • 20WhyteSubstituted forPackat 83'minutes
  • 23Ward
  • 13Paterson

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 9Glatzel
  • 15Pack
  • 16Nelson
  • 25Day
  • 27Bogle
  • 33Hoilett
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
4,381

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 3, Cardiff City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 3, Cardiff City 4.

Aden Flint (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

Booking

Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Murphy (Cardiff City).

Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Elliot Watt (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Taylor Charters replaces Michael Jones.

Attempt missed. Harry McKirdy (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt missed. Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Marlon Pack replaces Gavin Whyte.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Olufela Olomola replaces Jon Mellish.

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Jones (Carlisle United).

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Bennett replaces Cameron Coxe.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliot Watt (Carlisle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Ryan Loft replaces Stefan Scougall.

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 3, Cardiff City 4. Harry McKirdy (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Hallam Hope following a set piece situation.

Foul by Aden Flint (Cardiff City).

(Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Attempt blocked. Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Josh Murphy.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Carlisle United).

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 2, Cardiff City 4. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Smithies following a set piece situation.

Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hallam Hope (Carlisle United).

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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