Mon, Jan 10, 2005 - Page 19 News List

Exeter puts hex on the Red Devils


Manchester United's David Jones, left, is challenged by Exeter's Andy Taylor during their FA Cup match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on Saturday.


Manchester United's millionaires were embarrassed Saturday, held to a 0-0 draw against Exeter in the third round of the FA Cup. Exeter is ranked 100 places below the Red Devils in the hierarchy of English soccer.

It was a bad day for the northern city of Manchester as fellow Premier League side Manchester City was ousted from the cup by Oldham 1-0.

"I'll take a replay," Manchester United manager said Alex Ferguson, whose team is the defending FA Cup champion. "I'm not happy to get a replay, but we're still in the cup. FA Cup football is about shocks."

Four Premier League sides were eliminated from soccer's oldest knockout competition -- all beaten by lower division teams. Three other Premier League teams were held to draws -- again by lower-ranked opposition -- and face replays later this month.

Ten Premier League side gained victories.

Aston Villa fell 3-1 at Sheffield United, Crystal Palace lost 2-1 at Sunderland.

Norwich went down 1-0 at West Ham. Blackburn drew 1-1 at Cardiff and Fulham played a 1-1 tie at Watford.

Chelsea 3, Scunthorpe 1

Premier League leader Chelsea got a scare, falling behind Scunthorpe after only eight minutes on a goal from Paul Hayes. Mateja Kezman equalized in the 26th and Chelsea went up 2-1 on a 58th-minute own goal by Andy Crosby.

Iceland international Eidur Gudjohnsen wrapped up the scoring with a goal in the 86th.

Hibernian and Kilmarnock picked up victories, advancing to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Hibernian won 2-0 at home against Dundee, and Kilmarnock also won 2-0 at home playing Motherwell.

Steven Whittaker and Sam Marrow scored second-half goals from Hibernian.

Gary McDonald and Kris Boyd scored first-half goals to seal the victory for Kilmarnock.

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