Mon, Jan 10, 2005 - Page 19 News List

Exeter puts hex on the Red Devils

AP , LONDONAP, GLASGOW

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.

PHOTO: AP

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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