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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Villa Stops Giant-Killers On Frost-Hit Weekend


SHEFFIELD, England -- Tobagan striker Dwight Yorke audaciously chipped a penalty kick over the head of Irish international goalkeeper Alan Kelly to give Aston Villa a 1-0 victory over Division One Sheffield United and put his team into the last 16 of the English FA Cup.

The spot kick came in the 62nd minute Sunday after Kelly had upended Villa's Serbian forward, Savo Milosevic. Yorke ran up to take the penalty and, as Kelly anticipated a low shot, the forward seemed to check and lob the ball gently over his head.

The result meant no follow-up giant-killing feat for the Sheffield team, which ousted mighty Arsenal in the previous round.

The Blades had a chance to snatch a draw near the end when Carl Veart, whose goal eliminated Arsenal, had a close range shot cleared off the line by Villa captain Andy Townsend.

But Villa had too much style and ability for Sheffield and Milosevic wasted an easy chance soon after the goal, firing the ball into the crowd from a position eight meters out while unmarked.

Villa is only the second team sure of a place in the fifth round. Manchester United gained a 3-0 victory at Reading Saturday but the only other two games to survive severe weather which caused most games to be postponed, both ended tied.

Defending titlist Everton was held 2-2 at home by Division One Port Vale and eight time champion Tottenham tied 1-1 with another first division team, Wolves.

After Ryan Giggs fired Manchester United ahead at Elm Park, substitute Paul Parker and French star Eric Cantona finished the scoring. The game was marred by an injury to a linesman, who was struck close to his left eye by a coin thrown by a fan.

Despite the fact that few fourth round games were decided, FA officials went ahead with the fifth round draw. Aston Villa will travel to either Ipswich or Walsall and Manchester United will host either Coventry or its neighbor, Manchester City.

Glasgow Celtic downed the semi-pro players of Whitehill Welfare 3-0 to gain the fourth round of the Scottish Cup Sunday but led only 1-0 until 14 minutes from the end.

Dutch striker Pierre van Hooydonk scored the first past Whitehill goalkeeper Scott Cantley, an Edinburgh postal worker, after 39 minutes.

Celtic's arch-rival Rangers thrashed Highland League part-timers Keith 10-1 Saturday.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)