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The FA CUP: Minnows give Liverpool a scare

PLUCKY PART-TIMERS A Yossi Benayoun hat-trick helped the Reds to victory but not before unfancied Havant and Waterlooville had twice gone into the lead



The taxi-drivers, binmen and builders of Conference South outfit Havant and Waterlooville bowed out of the FA Cup to the sound of an Anfield ovation after their fourth round tie against Liverpool on Saturday.

The part-timers, who stand 123 places below their hosts in English soccer's league hierarchy, succumbed to a 5-2 defeat but not before they had given the Reds a severe fright.

The last non-league survivors departed with a store of memories to savour, starting with the moment when Richard Pacquette headed them into an eighth minute lead in front of the Kop.

Lucas got Liverpool level but the home crowd was stunned for a second time when Alfie Potter's shot was deflected into the net by defender Martin Skrtel.

Yossi Benayoun claimed Liverpool's second equalizer a minute before half-time and Israel's captain went on to complete a 15-minute hat-trick to rescue his side before Peter Crouch added a late fifth goal.

Emmanuel Adebayor's 17th and 18th goals of the season and a late own goal by Nicky Butt fired Arsenal to a 3-0 win over Newcastle.

Nicolas Anelka scored his first goal for Chelsea and then made a second for Shaun Wright-Philips to ensure the holders made the last 16 courtesy of a 2-1 win at Wigan. Antoine Sibierski scored Wigan's goal three minutes from time.

The only shock of the day came at Derby, whose miserable season took another turn for the worse when they slumped to a 4-1 defeat by Championship side Preston.

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