IRISH striker Pádraig Amond sealed lowly Newport County’s place in the fifth round of the FA Cup after the League Two side shocked Middlesbrough.
The Carlow native scored the second of Newport’s two second-half goals to send the Championship promotion hopefuls crashing out of the cup in the fourth round replay.
Amond lashed the ball into the top corner from a low cross that left Dimi Konstantopoulos – making a rare start in place of Irishman Darren Randolph – no chance.
NEWPORT. COUNTY. IN. DREAMLAND! 🙌
2-0 to the League Two side, and just LOOK at that finish! 😮
Straight off the training ground, Padraig Amond take a bow!! pic.twitter.com/zDuYfHxA5Z
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 5, 2019
The striker, who has 18 goals this season, also scored the winner against Premier League side Leicester City in the previous round.
Irish defender Mark O’Brien helped Newport – who have won just one of their last nine League two games – keep a clean sheet against the Championship side.
It is only the second time in the Exiles’ history that they have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, the last time being 70 years ago.
A goal scored by a League Two side, in the FA Cup, that wouldn’t be out of place in the Champions League. Quality. pic.twitter.com/8PR91Ap1HJ
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 5, 2019
Newport, 14th in League Two, now face Premier League champions Manchester City in the next round.
However the tie holds no fear for jubilant supporters, given their full-time chant of: “Man City, we’re coming for you!”
Elsewhere, Irishman Matt Doherty helped Premier League Wolves avoid an upset with two goals in their 3-2 home win over League One Shrewsbury.
Well done & well deserved @NewportCounty 2-0 victors over Boro & the second goal was a top quality set play that would light up any game 👏👏 Padraig Amond with the magnificent finish
— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) February 5, 2019