Minnows stun Cardiff in FA Cup

Matthew Barnes-Homer hit a brace as minnows Macclesfield came from behind to beat Cardiff 2-1 in the FA Cup third round.

Last Updated: 05/01/13 at 20:27 Post Comment

Matthew Barnes-Homer: Celebrates one of his goals

Matthew Barnes-Homer: Celebrates one of his goals

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Blue Square Bet Premier side were trailing before Barnes-Homer fired home at the far post in the 85th minute, and he powered a penalty past Joe Lewis three minutes later to spark scenes of wild celebration at Moss Rose.

Cardiff full debutant Nathaniel Jarvis looked to have given the much-changed Bluebirds victory when he scrambled the ball home in the 57th minute.

And the visitors, who finished the match with seven teenagers on the pitch, had chances to kill off their hosts before Barnes-Homer took his goals haul to 20 for the season and send the underdogs through at the expense of the npower Championship leaders.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made a full 11 changes to the side that beat Millwall, and Jarvis, having already played against Macclesfield this season for Forest Green, had the ball in the net early on. But play was called back for a foul by strike partner Etien Velikonja, who was given a rare chance to impress.

In an even opening to the match Macclesfield had sight of goal themselves with Charlie Henry warming Joe Lewis' palms from 20 yards before Keiran Murtagh shot wide.

As the game reached the half-hour mark Cardiff defender Ben Nugent, who celebrated signing a new deal with the club on Friday, had a header saved by Lance Cronin after Adedeji Oshilaja's cross found the centre-back.

Three minutes later Henry missed a glorious chance to open the scoring when he found himself unmarked but failed to test Lewis, making his second start of the season, from six yards.

Macclesfield were getting to grips with their opponents in the first meeting between the sides since 2005 and felt they should have had a penalty just before half-time. Midfielder Sam Wedgbury believed he was fouled when he went shoulder to shoulder with Oshilaja.

Macclesfield, who had already knocked out League One side Swindon in this season's competition, started brightly in the second half, Amari Morgan-Smith having a shot blocked by Nugent two minutes after the break.

Against the run of play the Bluebirds took the lead with a fine move finished off by Jarvis from close range after great work from Declan John. The Welshman, making his full debut, pulled a pass back into the path of Jarvis at the end of a fine run down the left.

Stephen McPhail, captaining Cardiff in only his second appearance of the season, went close to making it 2-0 a minute later but Cronin pulled off a fine stop to deny the former Leeds midfielder's 20-yard effort.

Just when it looked like Cardiff were easing through, Jack Mackreth crossed from the right wing and Barnes-Homer met it with a left-footed finish from six yards out with five minutes left.

The match was decided in the 88th minute in controversial fashion when referee Andrew Madley pointed to the spot for a foul by Jarvis on Barnes-Homer.

The club's top scorer composed himself before knocking Cardiff out of the competition.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property