Sutton Lose Battle Of U's In FA Cup

Article by Johnnie Lowery

Despite dominating for large parts of the game Sutton were knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two Cambridge United on Sunday, a goal in first half stoppage time enough to secure the hosts a 1-0 victory.

The early exchanges were fairly even with Jabo Ibehre having the first opportunity for Cambridge, heading just over Butler’s bar. Louis John and Craig Dundas had headed opportunities of their own for United but couldn’t generate the power on their efforts to trouble the home side’s keeper. Tommy Wright too was unable to really worry the goalkeeper with a long range effort well struck but straight down the middle. It looked for all the world like George Maris had given his side the lead midway through the half but his header dropped just wide and 10 minutes later the midfielder was sent off after being shown a second yellow card for diving. However unfazed Cambridge took the lead after Jevani Brown’s effort crashed off the bar but Ibehre was on hand to scuff home the rebound with Butler still on the floor.

With the game to chase Sutton started the second half with some impetus, Kieron Cadogan’s effort from a narrow angle only parried away by Forde, the winger also seeing an effort crash against angle of post and bar just minutes later. The home side were still a threat though, Uche Ikpeazu nearly putting the game beyond doubt when his effort from range was tipped onto the post by Butler, the ball bouncing across the goalmouth before being claimed by the keeper ahead of the incoming attacker. The U’s keeper had to be on hand to save again from the same player not too long after. As Cambridge sat deeper U’s struggled to create clear cut chances though Cadogan may feel he ought to have scored when the ball fell to him in the area, but his volley cleared the crossbar. The last chance of the game fell to Adam Coombes but his effort from the edge of the box was well saved and with that the whistle went to send the home side through