Sunday 25 February 2018

Carew double keeps Villa on glory trail

John Carew won and converted two late penalties to keep Aston Villa on course for a second Wembley final as they disposed of Crystal Palace in an FA Cup fifth-round replay at Villa Park.

Villa had been stunned when Darren Ambrose's spot-kick cancelled out Gabriel Agbonlahor's 14th goal of the campaign. But Carew had the final say for the Carling Cup finalists, with his double blast after both penalties were conceded by Matthew Lawrence.

It put Villa through to their first FA Cup quarter-final in 10 years, their first last-eight appearance since they reached the 2000 final.

Agbonlahor broke the deadlock three minutes before half-time when he was first to react to Ashley Young's centre and beat Julian Speroni with a back header into the corner of the net.

Palace got back on level terms after 72 minutes when Stephen Warnock brought down Alan Lee in the penalty area and Ambrose converted the subsequent penalty.

But Villa retaliated and Carew was brought down by Lawrence after 79 minutes and made no mistake himself from 12 yards and he completed his penalty double with two minutes left.

Irish Independent

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