Doyle strikes late to fire Sheffield United into FA Cup semi-finals

Sheffield United came from behind twice to edge Blackburn Rovers 3-2 in an entertaining men’s FA Cup quarter-final after Tommy Doyle’s superb 91st-minute strike on Sunday booked a Wembley trip.

With the score at 2-2 in added time, Doyle fired a shot from 25 metres that arrowed into the top corner with keeper Aynsley Pears unable to palm it away despite getting a hand to it.

Sheffield United’s Tommy Doyle after scoring the winner against Blackburn Rovers in their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.Credit:Getty Images

In a contest between two second-tier teams vying for promotion to the Premier League, Blackburn took the lead in the 21st minute when they were awarded a penalty for Jack Robinson’s handball after a VAR check, which was converted by Ben Brereton.

Blackburn’s Sam Gallagher then scored an own goal seven minutes later after Max Lowe’s shot from range took a deflection off the striker’s knee to nestle in the corner of the net.

Gallagher made amends on the hour when he sprang the offside trap to put Sammie Szmodics through as the midfielder restored Blackburn’s lead by firing low past keeper Wes Foderingham.

United forward Oli McBurnie then produced a moment of magic in the 81st when he turned a defender in the box, powered past another and slid the ball beyond Pears to make it 2-2 before Doyle, on loan from Manchester City, scored his late winner.

In the day’s other men’s quarters, top-tier Brighton were playing fourth-tier Grimsby and Manchester United were playing Fulham in an all-Premier League clash.

In the women’s quarter-finals, Manchester United were too good for Lewes, overrunning the Championship side 3-1 – a scoreline that could have been a lot worse for the home side had it not been for an excellent display of goalkeeping from Sophie Whitehouse.

At Reading, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes benched superstars Sam Kerr and Lauren James – among six changes to the side that beat Manchester United in the league last weekend – as she saved the bulk of her first team for the midweek Champions League quarter-final first leg against Lyon.

Elsewhere, second-tier Birmingham City were playing first-division Brighton and Aston Villa and Manchester City were facing off in a top-tier clash.


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