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Irishman Scores Winner As Newport Dump Leicester Out Of FA Cup

There were extraordinary scenes at Rodney Parade as Newport County pulled off the biggest upset of the FA Cup so far.

The League Two side have unceremoniously dumped 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City out of the competition after a 2-1 win that follows similar upsets from the likes of Barnet and Oldham.

The likes of Shinji Okazaki, Marc Albrighton and Rachid Ghezzal started for Claude Puel’s side in this third round fixture, but they were behind within ten minutes thanks to an early Jamille Matt header after a fine run and cross from Robbie Wilmott.

A confident Newport outfit held the lead for much of the game despite the attacking threats of James Maddison and Demarai Gray coming off the bench for the Foxes.

Ghezzal equalised in the 82nd with a sumptuous strike, seemingly ensuring at least a replay for Leicester.

However, a blatant handball from Albrighton gave Irishman Padraig Amond the opportunity to regain the lead just minutes later from the penalty spot.

The former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers striker made no mistake with the penalty, going down the middle and giving the Welsh side a late lead that they would hold onto for one of their most famous wins.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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