Southampton 1-2 Grimsby Town: Mariners reach FA Cup quarter-finals for first time in 84 years

Grimsby Town, Gavan Holahan
Gavan Holohan’s first-half opener came following a lengthy VAR review

League Two Grimsby Town reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 84 years as two penalties either side of half-time stunned Premier League strugglers Southampton.

Gavan Holohan put the visitors ahead shortly before the interval after referee Thomas Bramall ruled Lyanco had blocked Josh Emmanuel’s cross with his arm.

Southampton defender Duje Caleta-Car then caught Danilo Orsi with a flailing hand not long after the restart, allowing Holohan to convert his second spot-kick of the game.

Caleta-Car’s close-range finish gave Saints hope and Theo Walcott had a late equaliser ruled out for offside as Grimsby held on to spark scenes of mass celebration among the 4,000 travelling Mariners fans.

Grimsby are just the sixth team from the fourth tier or below to reach the last eight of the FA Cup Cup since the introduction of the division in 1958-59 – and the first since National League Lincoln City shocked Premier League Burnley in 2017.

They are the 13th side from the fourth division or below to have beaten top-flight opponents in the competition since the Football League was rebranded at the start of the 2004-05 campaign.

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  1. Squad number1Player nameMcCarthy

  2. Squad number2Player nameWalker-Peters

  3. Squad number4Player nameLyanco

  4. Squad number6Player nameCaleta-Car

  5. Squad number15Player namePerraud

  6. Squad number19Player nameDjenepo

  7. Squad number26Player nameAlcaraz

  8. Squad number45Player nameLavia

  9. Squad number11Player nameOrsic

  10. Squad number18Player nameMara

  11. Squad number9Player nameA Armstrong

  1. Squad number7Player nameAribo

  2. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse

  3. Squad number23Player nameEdozie

  4. Squad number32Player nameWalcott

  5. Squad number53Player nameBallard

Grimsby Town

  1. Squad number1Player nameCrocombe

  2. Squad number2Player nameEfete

  3. Squad number6Player nameWaterfall

  4. Squad number31Player nameMaher

  5. Squad number7Player nameEmmanuel

  6. Squad number8Player nameHolohan

  7. Squad number16Player nameHunt

  8. Squad number3Player nameDriscoll-Glennon

  9. Squad number10Player nameMcAtee

  10. Squad number20Player nameOrsi

  11. Squad number15Player nameClifton

  1. Squad number11Player nameKhan

  2. Squad number17Player nameMorris

  3. Squad number29Player nameTaylor

  4. Squad number30Player nameKhouri



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McCarthy
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 4Lyanco
  • 6Caleta-CarBooked at 49mins
  • 15Perraud
  • 19DjenepoSubstituted forBallardat 86′minutes
  • 26Alcaraz
  • 45LaviaSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 59′minutes
  • 11OrsicSubstituted forEdozieat 59′minutes
  • 18MaraSubstituted forWalcottat 67′minutes
  • 9A ArmstrongSubstituted forAriboat 67′minutes


  • 3Maitland-Niles
  • 7Aribo
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 13Caballero
  • 23Edozie
  • 32Walcott
  • 37Bella-Kotchap
  • 53Ballard
  • 65Doyle


Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Crocombe
  • 2Efete
  • 6Waterfall
  • 31Maher
  • 7Emmanuel
  • 8Holohan
  • 16HuntBooked at 32minsSubstituted forMorrisat 73′minutes
  • 3Driscoll-Glennon
  • 10McAteeSubstituted forKhouriat 82′minutes
  • 20OrsiSubstituted forTaylorat 66′minutes
  • 15CliftonSubstituted forKhanat 73′minutes


  • 5Pearson
  • 11Khan
  • 13Battersby
  • 17Morris
  • 19Dickson-Peters
  • 22Amos
  • 26Smith
  • 29Taylor
  • 30Khouri

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