Write-up by Giorgio Pirelli
The final two games of the FA Cup quarter finals were played on Sunday with the most enjoyable game of the two currently being at Reading.
The home team, struggling in the Championship had been obtaining a fantastic run in the cup, and it looked like continuing as they went in at the interval two- forward, with equally ambitions coming from promising young striker, Shane Long. Issues looked down and out for Aston Villa at the break, but they arrived out for the second 50 percent with a complete load of fresh vitality. Vitality that saw them shatter Reading’ s hopes for a put in the semis with three objectives in the room of 10 minutes early in the 50 percent that noticed Reading’s lead disappear as rapidly as it had arrive. England World Cup Squad hopeful Ashley Young notched up the first, and then Villa’s giant Norwegian born striker made his indelible mark on the game by scoring a quick brace to place the amber and claret soccer uniforms extremely considerably in the driving seat. Villa’s wonderful comeback was sealed in stoppage time as Carew completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Reading’s Ingimarsson. Villa are possessing a great season by their specifications, in the Semi Finals as nicely as really considerably in the working for that very crucial fourth spot in this season’s Premier League. March will be a extremely decisive month for them, and points are looking good for them. Yesterday’s win was astonishingly the very first that the club had had in the month of March since Martin O’Neil became supervisor of the club in 2006.The other semi noticed John Terry and Chelsea taking on the significantly less glamorous but difficult doing work Stoke Metropolis facet at Stamford Bridge. Terry has been very considerably in the headlines in the last few weeks and for all the wrong reasons. His performances on the area in the very last number of weeks have also been less than amazing, but yesterday he set in a reliable overall performance and even scored the decisive 2nd goal in Chelsea’s fairly straightforward two- win.Frank Lampard, who is hitting some quite great form as the period progresses, opened the scoring for Chelsea, hammering in a powerful drive sort far more than 20 yards. Chelsea produced a range of odds, some of which they really should have taken advantage of prior to Terry sealed the victory with a common header from Lampard’s corner. Stoke seldom threatened, with the only actual possibility coming from one of Rory Delap’s popular long array throw ins. Ex-Chelsea player Robert Huth’s headed it on, and Mamady Sidibe flicked his header in from close range when it looked less complicated to score. What was clear to all in attendance is that Chelsea have a genuine problem with their substitute keeper Hilario, in for the injured Peter Cech. Much better teams will give this Portuguese veteran a actually challenging time, and a single of them will certainly be Aston Villa who will meet Chelsea at Wembley in the very first semi-final. Portsmouth will play either Tottenham of Fulham in the other. There was also some Premier league action yesterday with Everton pushing Hull below the red line with a crushing five-1 property win. Spanish star Mikel Arteta marked his current return from damage by scoring two ambitions for the Toffees. Other scorers for the Goodson Park Club were American Land on Donovan, and promising young player Jack Rodwell. Hull’s Richard Garcia also chipped in with an individual aim for the blues, even though teenager Tom Cairney scored Hull’s solitary work at the proper finish of the park, equalizing with a exceptional volley
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