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Golden Moment For Wes Hoolahan As Cambridge United Shock Newcastle In FA Cup

Golden Moment For Wes Hoolahan As Cambridge United Shock Newcastle In FA Cup
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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At the tender age of 39, Wes Hoolahan continues to prove he can still cut it at the top level of the English game, as his Cambridge United side saw off a near full strength Newcastle in the F.A. Cup third round with a 1-0 win.

Kieran Trippier, Newcastle’s first major signing since their Saudi takeover, made his debut, but his presence made little difference to the outcome for an out of sorts Newcastle side.

Cambridge’s goal came 11 minutes into the second half when their striker Joe Ironside finished from close range. After a lengthy check with VAR, the goal was eventually given.

Cambridge keeper Dimitar Mitov made some wonderful saves throughout the game including a stunning stoppage time save to deny Joelinton.


Wes Hoolahan entered the game on 61 minutes, and played with his usual silky and calm style as he helped his side see off their Premier League foes.

While we here in Ireland might follow Wes's exploits in League One closely, a whole host of fans in England watching the match were reminded of the genius of Hoolahan in his second half cameo.

Twitter Praise For Wes Hoolahan

Fans were not only delighted to witness a classic FA Cup upset against a top division side, but given Newcastle’s recent history it was all the more sweeter for some.


In a well-documented takeover, a majority stake in the club was bought by a consortium that included Saudi backers. With it came large amounts of criticism and accusations of sportwashing given the human rights abuses associated with the Saudi Arabia elite.


Wes Hoolahan Pre-Game Optimism

The Irish maestro described what it meant to his team to play in St. James’ Park in today’s Irish Independent, and was quietly optimistic about his sides chances.

“Most of our players have never played in a stadium like this. Playing in front of 52,000 people is a new experience for us and a test for our players, but we need to do our jobs.

“It’s a big change from the League Two grounds we played in last season and League One, where we are now this season. But we have to forget about the pitch and the crowd. We are there to win a football match no matter where we play.

“They want to start 2022 well. They have signed [Kieran] Trippier. They will play a strong team to get through, so we’ll see if we are good enough.”

They were. We can't wait to see who Cambridge draw in the next round.

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