Games between Whitehawk and Manchester United have contributed an enormous amount of goals in recent seasons, and this FA Cup sixth round fixture was no different. Whitehawk looked set to claim victory in normal time, but a sensational Riccardo Lorenzi stoppage time equaliser sent the game in to extra time, with the sides scoring three each. Eighteen year old Chavez Miller was thrown in to deep end in the absence of Jason Coffey, Miroslav Novakovic and Tomas Mrva for Whitehawk, and his goal in extra time proved enough for Whitehawk to march on the semi finals of the FA Cup.
4-3 Win AET vs Manchester United - FA Cup 6th Rnd
Chavez Miller Left His Mark On FA Cup History With Memorable Winner
Ryan Ferguson's side was very much torn apart by injuries and suspensions, heading in to this fixture. Cup goalkeeper Daniel Bentley kept his place in the FA Cup fixtures, but the back four in front of him was a weakened one. Erkan Aktaş was only fit enough for the bench, meaning Radek Podzemsky would start at right back, while Pipoca took the place of the suspended Facundo Foti at left back. Without right winger Miroslav Novakovic or strikers Jason Coffey and Tomas Mrva, Martin Ødegaard and teenager Chavez Miller were tasked with filling these holes.
The game didn't have to wait much longer than eight minutes for the first goal, and there were no prizes for guessing the scorer. Despite the absences of Jason Coffey and Miroslav Novakovic, Kylian Mbappé's individual brilliance was still evident for all to see. From thirty yards out, his direct free kick effort proved to have too much swerve for David De Gea to deal with, and Mbappé's strike clattered off the upright before bouncing in to the goal. A makeshift Whitehawk side had taken an early lead.
The two sides would go in to halftime level, as Leroy Sané found an equaliser. The German was unmarked from a corner, and his header was too powerful for Daniel Bentley to keep out, as the ball squirmed through his desperate parry.
It took just less than eight minutes in the second half for Kylian Mbappé to restore Whitehawk's lead with his second goal of the game. The Frenchman played a clever one-two with Frano Díaz before hurdling his way in to the box. His excellent dribble was rounded off with a thunderous low effort which was only ever going to end in a goal.
Minutes later, and Riccardo Lorenzi had left his first mark on the game with a Manchester United equaliser. Excellent work from Paul Pogba and Tim Skinner ended with the latter teeing up Lorenzi on the edge of the area to smash a brilliant drive in to the back of the net, Another Old Trafford classic between Manchester United and Whitehawk was in the making!
Despite Manchester United's brilliant attacking efforts, Mbappé was proving to be a thorn and the Frenchman completed an incredible hat trick in the sixty-ninth minute. Radek Podzemsky's initial cross was blocked, but he picked up the rebound before picking out Mbappé in the box and the Ballon d'Or winner gave De Gea no chance with a low finish. A hat trick for Mbappé, and the third time in the game that Whitehawk had gone ahead.
Manchester United's efforts to get back in to the game once more were frantic. They threw everything at the visitor. After all, it was Mourinho's last chance to put one past Ryan Ferguson and Whitehawk. Paul Lucas hit the post and Riccardo Lorenzi came close as Whitehawk were penned in.
It all looked to be in vain for Manchester United. That was, of course, until Lorenzi scored one of the greatest goals Old Trafford had ever seen. It was stoppage time. Passlack's corner was cleared away, as far as Lorenzi. From thirty yards out, the Italian struck a first time half volley which swerved and dipped on its way. The sheer power of the strike left Bentley rooted to the spot. Football stopped and stared for a second as the ball, as if on a cord, buried itself in the top corner. The 'Cup of Dreams' had just produced a fairy tale comeback for Manchester United.
It was anybody's game in extra time. Manchester United seemed to have the legs, and very nearly went ahead at the end of the first set of fifteen minutes. Riccardo Lorenzi broke in to a one on one situation. His first shot was saved by Bentley, his second shot was saved by Bentley, and his third shot was saved by Bentley. It was an incredible triple save to keep Whitehawk alive.
But it all seemed in vain as Lorenzi, once again, charged down on goal having been gifted with a free run. Lorenzi's low shot seemed destined for the bottom corner, but Bentley once again somehow got a hand to it to tip it just wide of the post.
It was enough to keep Whitehawk in the game, and that was all they needed to create one opportunity to score. Samper's attempted through ball to Martin Ødegaard was blocked out by Luke Shaw, but the rebound fell to Chavez Miller inside the penalty area. The Barbadian swiveled on the spot and squeezed the ball in under De Gea to score the winning goal, with just over two minutes of extra time remaining.
It was one goal too many for Manchester United to keep up. Miller had sunk Manchester United in one of the craziest games of football ever!
Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 9.5/10
FA Cup Semi Final Draw
Whitehawk Would Face Arsenal In The Semi Finals Of The FA Cup
We got handed another tough game against Arsenal in the semi finals. In truth, any opponent would have been difficult, and we will have to play well to progress to the final.
Ryan Ferguson's Reaction
"I think it was one of those games which just leaves everybody lost for words! It was one of the craziest games I've ever been involved in. It had a hat trick, three comebacks, an incredible stoppage time goal, some superb goalkeeping in extra time and a late late winner. It had all the makings of a wonderful FA Cup game!
It was an incredible way to end my contests with José Mourinho. I think we can both look back and say we deserved to win this game, because we both did. It was a truly sensational game and I'll never forget it. I'm still shaking!"
, yeah Atlético out of the way now! Unfortunately, those two injuries do hamper our squad. The players offered technical ability and superb pace to break opposition defences in a split second. They will be missed.
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