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FA Cup round-up: Gillingham shock Cardiff and Bristol City surprise Huddersfield


​By Adekunle Best

League One side Gillingham produced the biggest shock in Saturday’s FA Cup third round as they beat Premier League Cardiff City, while Championship Bristol City knocked out the top flight’s bottom club Huddersfield Town.

Holders Chelsea, record 13-time winners Arsenal and Manchester United were among the sides to make it through to Monday’s fourth-round draw.

Two Championship teams suffered defeats at the hands of opponents from lower divisions, with Norwich beaten 1-0 at home by Andre Green’s late goal forPortsmouth and Accringtonovercoming Ipswich 1-0 through Billy Kee’s strike.

Elliott List was the hero with an 81st-minute winner as Gillingham,19th in the third tier, beat the 2008 finalists Cardiff, 17th in the Premier League table.

Huddersfield were knocked out by Josh Brownhill’s 72nd-minute winner as Bristol City, who reached the semi-finals of the League Cup last season, made it through.

Elliott List scores to help League One side Gillingham eliminate Cardiff from the FA Cup
Elliott List scores to help League One side Gillingham eliminate Cardiff from the FA Cup

Alvaro Morata scored twice asChelsea beat Championship sideNottingham Forest 2-0, but Cesc Fabregas, who is reported to be joining Monaco in the January transfer window, missed a first-half penalty.

There was no upset at Bloomfield Road, where Arsenal overcame League One Blackpool 3-0, with two goals scored from 19-year-old Joe Willock and another by Alex Iwobi.

The attendance of 8,995 – including 5,218 Gunners fans – was well below capacity as home supporters stayed away in protest against club owner Owen Oyston.

A penalty by Juan Mata – awarded after consulting the video assistant referee – and Romelu Lukaku’s third goal in as many games proved enough forManchester United as they beat their Championship Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford.

FA Cup: Goal, no goal or penalty - did VAR get it right?
FA Cup: Goal, no goal or penalty – did VAR get it right?

Former Gillingham midfielder Bradley Dack put Blackburn ahead at Newcastle, 15th in the Premier League, before the home side forced a replay at Ewood Park after Matt Ritchie’s late equaliser.

League Two Grimsby were minutes from earning a replay against Crystal Palace – despite playing with 10 men for 88 minutes after Andrew Fox was sent off – before Jordan Ayew struck with a late winner.

Nathan Redmond had putSouthampton 2-0 up againstDerby County, but Frank Lampard’s Championship side fought back with Tom Lawrence scoring the equaliser to earn a replay at St Mary’s.

Everton survived a scare against League Two leaders Lincoln Cityto win their first FA Cup tie since March 2016, with Ademola Lookman and Bernard giving the Toffees a 2-1 win.

The first goal of the day was scored by Marko Arnautovic against Birmingham City – and it set West Ham on their way to a 2-0 win, with Andy Carroll also on the scoresheet and Samir Nasri making his Hammers debut.

Brighton triumphed in the all-Premier League battle atBournemouth – two goals in the space of three first-half minutes by Anthony Knockaert and Yves Bissouma setting Chris Hughton’s side up for a 3-1 victory.

League One Barnsley were moments away from a replay at Premier League Burnley – but the hosts were awarded a 90th-minute penalty, allowing Chris Wood to send the Clarets through 1-0.

Earlier in the tie, Burnley had a penalty decision overruled by VAR just as Matej Vydra was about to take the spot-kick.

Elsewhere, Shrewsbury – 16th in League One – took the lead at home to Championship side Stokethrough Oliver Norburn’s penalty.

However, 37-year-old Peter Crouch, an FA Cup winner with Liverpool in 2006, earned the Potters a replay with a 78th-minute equaliser – four minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Norburn penalty gives Shrewsbury lead against Stoke
Norburn penalty gives Shrewsbury lead against Stoke

Wigan, quarter-finalists last season after knocking out Manchester City, are out after Bakary Sako’s goal helped West Brom win an all-Championship tie 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

League One Luton earned a replay after holding Championship sideSheffield Wednesday to a goalless draw at Hillsborough.

Swansea came out on top in their all-Championship tie with Aston Villa winning 3-0, whileMiddlesbrough thrashed League One Peterborough 5-0.

Elsewhere Bolton beat Walsall 5-2,Brentford were 1-0 winners against League One strugglersOxford United and AFC Wimbledon beat Fleetwood 3-2 in an all-League One match-up.


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Ekiti Head Of Service retires


By mr ben rory

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has approved the retirement of the Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, from the State’s service,

The retirement which was conveyed in a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji and dated November 30, 2018, is with immediate effect.

Dr Faseluka is to hand over to the most senior Permanent Secretary, Mrs Peju Babafemi.

Mrs Babafemi is to function as Acting Head of Service pending the appointment of a substantive holder of the post.

Also, the Governor has approved the immediate redeployment of all Education Secretaries from the 16 Local Government Education Authorities.

The affected Education Secretaries are to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective local government education authorities.

A new set of Education Secretaries will be appointed in due course.

In a related development, Governor Fayemi has also approved the voluntary retirement of two of the newly reinstated Permanent Secretaries- Mr Akin Osho and Mrs Funke Falodun, following their letters of notification of voluntary retirement from the service.

The duo, in their letters of notification, appreciated Governor Fayemi for their reinstatement alongside four other colleagues earlier in the month. They described the development as a proof that Ekiti’s core values of fairness, equity and justice are being restored in the state.

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Fayemi mourns Frederick Fasehun, says pillar of democracy struggle gone


By mr ben rory

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has mourned the passing of the founder of Oodua Progressives Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasehun, saying that the country has lost a major pillar of her democratic struggle

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has mourned the passing of the founder of Oodua Progressives Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasehun, saying that the country has lost a major pillar of her democratic struggle.

Fayemi, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the late OPC leader as an accomplished professional and a committed patriot who devoted his life to the struggle for the enthronement of democracy and good governance as well as in defence of the people’s rights.

He recalled his relationship with the late OPC founder, describing him as a Yorubaman par excellence, a patriot who loved his race and country and did everything humanly possible to ensure that his people were free from tyranny and oppression.

The Governor said: “We have lost another strong pillar of our democratic struggles. Dr Fasehun would do anything to defend the rights of his people against any act of tyranny and oppression.

Dr Fasehun fought a good fight as a frontline leader in the struggle for the democracy we now enjoy. He challenged and encouraged many of the younger generation with the way he fought for democracy with all his energy and resources.

“We shall surely miss his amiable personality, simplicity, wisdom and courage.

“But we are encouraged by the fact that Dr Fasehun fought a good fight and left behind a good name and a legacy of selfless service that is worthy of emulation. This we believe should a source of consolation to the children and the entire family.

“Our prayer is that God grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant Baba eternal rest,” the statement added..

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