The second round of the 2017-18 FA Cup is now complete. The final places in the hat for Round Three were up for grabs – and the opportunity to play teams such as Manchester United or Arsenal. This round witnessed several surprises, many goals, and as is customary with the FA Cup – many upsets. Eventually, it was joy for several teams, who advanced to the third round. The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has also been made – details are below.
The second round began last Friday, where in a surprise result, AFC Fylde held League One side Wigan Athletic to a 1-1 draw in front of a boisterous home crowd. Fylde secured a glamour replay courtesy of the draw. There was heartbreak for Oxford City, who after doing so well in Round One, came agonisingly close to a third round berth, only to lose 3-2 away at Notts County. MK Dons ended the run of Maidstone United – thrashing them 4-1 to advance. Boreham Wood were the story of Round One, though came crashing back down to earth, losing 3-0 to Coventry City.
However it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the lower-ranked teams. Hereford FC – the lowest ranked team left in the competition, survived by drawing 1-1 with Fleetwood Town – securing a replay. Forest Green Rovers and Exeter City played out an action-packed 3-3 draw in an entertaining clash. Stevenage, Doncaster Rovers and Luton Town were among the big winners in this round. Other winners included Mansfield Town, Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon.
For any draws, the replays take place this week. Next up will be Round Three in around a month’s time. 64 teams are left, with the likes of Manchester United and holders Arsenal entering in the third round. The draw has been made – with United against Derby. Man City meanwhile will host Burnley. Arguably the pick of the games appears to be Liverpool against Everton – the Merseyside derby. It promises to be an action-filled round! Join us then for more coverage. The FA Cup will be covered on UniEel’s sport section, so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook account.