Southampton 1-2 Grimsby: Gavan Holohan scores TWO penalties
Southampton 1-2 Grimsby: Saints’ woeful season gets even WORSE as they’re dumped out of FA Cup by League Two minnows, with Gavan Holohan scoring two penalties
- Gavan Holohan scored two penalties in Grimsby’s 2-1 win against Southampton
- Grimsby are the first team in FA Cup history to defeat five teams from a higher division in one campaign
- They’ll now advance to the quarter-finals of the Cup competition
Gavan Holohan made sure something fishy went down on the south coast as Grimsby made FA Cup history.
He scored penalties either side of half time as the League Two underdogs sunk Premier League Southampton, who pulled one back through Duje Caleta-Car, in a true giant killing.
In doing so, they became the first team EVER to eliminate FIVE different teams from a higher division in the competition in one season.
That sent their huge travelling support, armed to the teeth with inflatable fish, into dreamland – and fired Paul Hurst’s side into the quarter finals for the first time since 1939.
Despite being the lowest ranked team left in the competition, Grimsby must have fancied their chances when they saw Saints put out a side showing NINE changes.
Grimsby defeated Southampton at St Mary’s 2-1 to go through to the next round of the FA Cup
Gavan Holohan scored a brace of penalties to send the Mariners through to the next round
Premier League survival clearly took precedence over a cup run at St Mary’s this season, with Ruben Selles and his team in perilous danger at the foot of the table.
But they made a confident start against the minnows, with Sekou Mara putting the ball in the net in the 18th minute only for Moussa Djenepo to be ruled offside in the build-up.
The Mariners are right at home on the docks and at times it felt like a home game for Grimsby with their 4,300-strong travelling army of supporters making most of the noise in an otherwise half-empty stadium.
And they went bananas when referee Thomas Bramall awarded the visitors a penalty after being sent to his monitor when Joshua Emmanuel’s cross struck Lyanco’s arm.
Holohan tucked it away and suddenly a sea of inflatable haddocks were being waved in the away end after fans snapped up 1,200 from the club shop.
Holohan tucked away two penalties either side of half time after to send the away end into meltdown
Saints were booed off by their fans at half time after their disappointing exit from the FA Cup
Saints were booed off by their fans at half time – and it got even worse for them when Duje Caleta-Car was penalised for a shirt-pull on Danilo Orsi and Holohan scored his second penalty of the night.
Caleta-Car was lucky as well because he lashed out and slapped the Grimbsy man on the back before Bramall pointed to the spot.
Selles sent on the big guns in response, and one of them quickly got Saints back in the match when James Ward-Prowse swung in a corner which Caleta-Car strolled in to volley home.
Duje Ćaleta-Car (right) struck back for the home side but Saints could not level the scores
It was a disappointing end to the game for the home side who also sit bottom of the league
Clean through on goal, John McAtee then wasted a glorious chance to seal it when Alex McCarthy saved at his feet.
Substitute Theo Walcott thought he had made him pay with an equaliser from a Ward-Prowse free kick, but VAR Craig Pawson spotted he was just offside, and the minnows held on.
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