UK Cypriots star in the Emirates FA Cup


Harry Kyprianou abovehelped non League Maidstone beat League Two side Barrow in the Emirates FA Cup.
Non-league Maidstone United stunned League Two side Barrow to reach the FA Cup third round for the first time since the club’s reformation.
Barrow took the lead when Ben Whitfield capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score.
The National League South side, 47 league places below the Bluebirds, levelled when Sam Corne thrashed the ball home from inside the box.
Bivesh Gurung won it for the Stones when he hammered into the net from the edge of the penalty area.
One of the Maidstone stars of the game was UK Cypriot Harry Kyprianou, a defender formerly of Southend and a Cyprus U21 international.


In the Emirates FA Cup, Turkish Cypriot Hus Biler helped Wimbledon defeat Non League Ramsgate 5-0 where Greek Cypriot Louis Procopi plays.
Hector Kyprianou played for League One side Peterborough.

United who moved into the FA Cup third round with victory against Doncaster Rovers after surviving a late fightback.
Harrison Burrows opened the scoring after just three minutes with an incredible piece of luck that saw his cross from the left sail over everyone and bounce into the top-right corner.
Kwame Poku and Ricky-Jade Jones both wasted great one-on-one opportunities to add to the lead in the first half but it was Ephron Mason-Clark, a McCann signing, that added the second after 53 minutes.
After picking up the ball on the right of the box, he cut inside and hit a brilliant curling effort right into the bottom corner.
The League Two side res-ponded to the setback well and pulled a deserved goal back with 15 minutes to play when Mo Faal powered home a header from Joe Ironside’s cross. Doncaster almost completed the comeback in stoppage time but Kyle Hurst’s volley crashed back off the post.

UK Cypriot Ruel Sotiriou played for Leyton Orient who lost to National League leaders Chesterfield who claimed another EFL scalp as Idris El Mizouni’s own goal secured victory against Leyton Orient.
The O’s midfielder headed an Ollie Banks cross into his own net for the only goal just before half-time. The Spireites, who eliminated League One leaders Portsmouth in the first round, held firm to see out the tie.

Tony Kleanthous the UK Cypriot owner of Barnet FC must be proud of his team drawing away to Newport County and Barnet will require an FA Cup second-round replay after late drama at Rodney Parade.
With the match goalless and half-time approaching, Newport’s Shane McLoughlin scored the opening goal by tapping home James Clarke’s low cross. County had Nick Townsend to thank for preserving their lead as he made a brilliant save to deny Zac Brunt.
Townsend then kept out Nicke Kabamba, but could do nothing to stop Danny Collinge earning a replay late on.
Barnet are looking to reach the third round for the first time since the 2018-19 season, while County reached the third round 2020-21.

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