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FA Cup giantkillers

19 April 2013

Latics shortlisted for award

Latics' FA Cup with Budweiser, fourth-round victory against Liverpool has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Who will ever forget the two goals scored by Matt Smith (pictured) in the 3-2 win against the Premier League giants.

The match is one of four of this season's giantkilling acts to be shortlisted for the Ronnie Radford Award for which fans can now vote on the link below.

Few can forget Sutton United's FA Cup giant-killing of Coventry City in 1989, a remarkable achievement of non-League overcoming top-flight opposition.

It was a game which highlighted the spirit and romance of the world's greatest domestic cup competition.

Twenty-four years on, and that feat had not been matched since. That was until Conference outfit Luton Town arrived at Carrow Road to take on Premier League Norwich City in The FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round.

The Canaries were still reeling from a 5-0 defeat at Anfield a week earlier, but despite being firm favourites, the Hatters showed no mercy.

Scott Rendell's strike ten minutes from time was enough to send Luton into the next round and put them in the frame for this year's Ronnie Radford Award.

Launched two years ago, the annual prize is aimed at recognising the team which achieves the most impressive giant-killing act in The FA Cup with Budweiser.

Crawley Town, then in the Conference Premier, scooped the prize in 2011 after beating Derby, and last year Swindon's win over Wigan earned the Robins the honour.

And once more, fans can vote for who they think deserves to win, with the victorious club being presented with the award at The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 11 May.

Along with Luton, Oldham Athletic are strong contenders after knocking out Liverpool.

The League One strugglers welcomed the Reds to Boundary Park, but didn't read the script as they opened the scoring early on when Matt Smith's powerful forward play unsettled the Premier Leaguers defence.

After Suarez's equaliser, they could have buckled but Oldham goals either side of half-time were enough to book a place in Round Five.

MK Dons are the third club in the running after a 4-2 away win at Queens Park Rangers in Fourth Round. Harry Redknapp's men were rock bottom of the Premier League and were behind after Armand Traore's fourth-minute own goal.

Ryan Lowe made it 2-0 before half-time then Ryan Harley and Darren Potter put the game beyond the Hoops in the second period. Goals from Jay Bothroyd and Fabio Da Silva in the final stages were mere consolation as QPR were sent packing.

And the final team looking to claim the prize are Macclesfield Town. The Conference Premier League side won 2-1 at home to Championship high-flyers Cardiff City.

Their Third Round victory looked unlikely with five minutes left as Nat Jarvis' goal had the Bluebirds in front.

But two strikes from England C team striker Matthew Barnes-Homer turned the game on its head and dumped the 2008 Finalists out of the competition.

The Ronnie Radford Award is named after the Hereford United midfielder whose long-range goal against Newcastle United in 1972 helped bring about arguably The FA Cup’s most famous giant-killing.

Radford’s spectacular goal on a mud-covered Edgar Street pitch – watched by the TV cameras and greeted with unbridled glee by 26-year-old rookie commentator John Motson – equalised Malcolm Macdonald’s opener for the Magpies and is a constant and wonderful reminder of the magic of The FA Cup.

Ricky George hit the winner to send Hereford into the Fourth Round.

Make your choice for this year's Ronnie Radford Award winner in the poll below. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, April 28th.


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