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The FA Cup Story 2016: Fifth Round

18 May 2016


FA Cup Fifth Round - 16 teams remaining.

PALACE'S PATH
Sunday 21st February
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Crystal Palace

Martin Kelly picked the perfect time to score his first Palace goal as his rocket gave launch to the club’s ambitions of going all the way in the competition.

Spurs enjoyed most of the chances in the first half with Yohan Cabaye blocking Dele Alli’s header on the line before Josh Onomah nodded the rebound over from a few yards out, and then Alli saw a shot strike both posts before being cleared by Joel Ward.

Having rode their luck, Palace pounced in first half stoppage-time as Wilfried Zaha found Kelly who lashed home his first goal since November 2011, and after the break some good saves by Wayne Hennessey prevented Harry Kane from registering and allowed Palace to reach the last eight for the first time since 1995.


UNITED'S ROUTE
Monday 22nd February
Shrewsbury Town 0-3 Manchester United

Manchester United made easy work of League One Shrewsbury Town to secure an FA Cup quarter-final with West Ham at Old Trafford.

United gave Louis van Gaal a comfortable night as they strolled into the last eight, with Chris Smalling's scuffed shot and Juan Mata's smart free-kick giving them a half-time advantage they never threatened to surrender.

Shrewsbury barely gave United an anxious moment - although Abu Ogogo had an effort scrambled off the line by United substitute Joe Riley as well as heading wide late on - and victory was wrapped up when Jesse Lingard turned in Ander Herrera's shot just after the hour.


GIANTKILLINGS

The only Premier League side to lose to opposition from a lower division was West Bromwich Albion as Reading ran out 3-1 victors at the Madejski Stadium, and whilst not a giantkilling as such but a shock all the same, Chelsea smashed an under-strength Manchester City side 5-1 who had their eyes set on a Champions League quarter-final instead.


CLINGING ON

Holders Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at home to Hull City, who they were facing for the third season in succession in the competition. However in the replay Arsene Wenger's men cruised to a 4-0 victory with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott netting twice.


LOWEST RANKED TEAMS REMAINING

Shrewsbury Town's dream cup run ended at the hands of United who cruised to a comfortable win to move into the sixth round of the competition.


PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVORS
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.

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