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Hull City 3-0 Sunderland: Elmo becomes first Egyptian to reach FA Cup semis as Tigers humble Sunderland
Despite Sone Aluko failing to convert a penalty in the first-half, three goals in the space of nine minutes from Curtis Davies, David Meyler and Matty Fryatt ensured the Tigers reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1930.
Sunderland came into the fixture having been beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in the League Cup final but couldn’t repeat their valiant performance today. Hull meanwhile, looked to put their disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle behind them.
Of the Black Cats team that were beaten in the League Cup final only Phil Bardsley, Lee Cattermole, John O’Shea, Seb Larsson and Jack Colback kept their places. Steve Bruce brought in James Chester at the expense of son Alex Bruce and gave starts to Yannick Sagbo, Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt.
Hull City: McGregor – Rosenior – Chester – Davies – Figueroa – Elmohamady – Huddlestone – Meyler – Sagbo – Aluko – Fryatt
Subs: Bruce – Koren – Boyd – Harper – Faye – Quinn – Henderson
Sunderland: Ustari – Bardsley – Dossena – O’Shea – Vergini – Cattemole – Larsson – Colback – Fletcher – Giaccheini – Scocco
Subs: Ki – Johnson – Celustka – Cuellar – Mannone – Bridcut – Borini
The Tigers started the game brightly and hit the frame of the goal as early as the fourth minute after a Maynor Figueroa cross looped over Oscar Ustari and came back off the crossbar.
Aluko was afforded plenty of time on the ball as he continued to get back to the form he showed at the start of the campaign.
Ahmed Elmohamady swung in a superb cross from the right touchline just shy of the half hour mark only for Matty Fryatt to flash his header just wide of the far post.
The early promise looked to have paid off when Seb Larsson brought down Aluko inside the box giving the referee no option but to award the spot kick. The striker dusted himself down and stepped up but struck a tame penalty which was saved by Ustari in front of the travelling support.
Liam Rosenior of all people then struck a vicious shot from range which the Argentinian goalkeeper had to turn around the post.
The Tigers were by far more threatening with McGregor having little to do in goal other than routine catches from set-pieces.
Sunderland were undone in the 66th minute when Curtis Davies rose highest to head in the opener from a Huddlestone free-kick.
Four minutes later and the Hull fans were celebrating a second goal after great work from David Meyler allowed him to gather the ball on a solo counter-attack before finishing off his own move. The Republic of Ireland international celebrated the goal by headbutting the corner flag a treatment which was handed to him the previous week by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Lee Cattermole then handed Fryatt the opportunity to make it three with his weak back-pass and the striker made no mistake as Hull cruised into the semi-finals.
Hull City will face Sheffield United at Wembley where Ahmed Elmohamady will become the first-ever Egyptian to play in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Jamie Barwick is a 21-year-old Sports Journalism graduate and a fan of Hull City, covering the Tigers on KingFut.com.