x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Kebe off to a flyer in top draw

Jimmy Kebe, the Reading winger, scored one of the fastest goals in FA Cup history but his side were pegged back by West Brom in a captivating fifth round clash.

READING // Jimmy Kebe, the Reading winger, scored one of the fastest goals in FA Cup history but his side were pegged back by West Brom in a captivating fifth round clash. Kebe scored after just nine seconds at the Madejski Stadium to kick-start a thoroughly entertaining cup tie which saw both sides reduced to 10 men. Gareth Morris, a midfielder for non-league Ashton United, notched after only four seconds of a first qualifying round tie against Skelmersdale United in 2001, but the Malian Kebe's strike is believed to be the quickest in the FA Cup proper.

Robert Koren - who was only drafted into the Albion line-up by manager Roberto Di Matteo at the last minute - soon equalised but Reading substitute Simon Church looked to have put Brian McDermott's side into the last eight for the first time since 1927 with 17 minutes left. However, West Brom left-back Joe Mattock ensured that the two teams will meet again at The Hawthorns in 10 days' time when he thundered in a sublime 87th-minute strike. Reading had seen striker Shane Long dismissed in the 48th minute for an ugly lunge on Abdoulaye Meite and he was soon joined on the sidelines by Albion substitute Youssouf Mulumbu - who was on just 16 minutes before seeing red for a second booking.

McDermott said: "I thought we'd won it. We changed the system when they went down to 10 men and we went for the win and when Simon scored I thought we were through. Di Matteo, who scored in two final wins for Chelsea, said: "It's not part of the plan to have a replay, but I said that we would love to have a cup run this season and we are still in it." * PA Sport