National League South side Maidstone United pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks to knock Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town out of the fourth round at Portman Road.
One of the Maidstone stars was UK Cypriot Harry Kyprianou who has also represented Cyprus gave a solid performance defending and attacking and motivating his team mates.Harry has also represented Cyprus
Superb counter-attack strikes from Lamar Reynolds and Sam Corne – Maidstone’s only attempts on target – earned the non-leaguers an astonishing victory over a side 98 places above them in the football pyramid.
A much-changed Ipswich side, who are second in the second tier and pushing for promotion to the Premier League, battered their opponents in the first half, hitting the woodwork three times and wasting numerous chances, but they somehow trailed to an exquisite dinked finish by Reynolds.
The stubborn resistance was finally broken when Jeremy Sarmiento’s low shot took a tiny, but telling, deflection to beat outstanding Stones keeper Lucas Covolan.
But Sam Corne’s composed finish restored the lead and Maidstone survived the inevitable frantic finish and eight minutes of stoppage time to become the first side from National League North or South to reach the last 16 since the regional split was introduced in 2004 and sparked joyous scenes.
The ceĺebrations continued at Uncle Tonys restaurant in Finchley.
Stones, who were already playing in the FA Cup fourth round for the first time in their history, are the first team to win their first match in the competition against a side from the top-two leagues since Kidderminster Harriers beat Birmingham City in January 1994.