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Maidstone star Lamar Reynolds produces magical FA Cup finish to leave Ipswich sweating | Football | Sport

Non-league Maidstone United found themselves in dreamland when Lamar Reynolds pulled off a brilliant chip to open the scoring against Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town in the FA Cup. The Stones currently sit 93 league positions below Ipswich in the English league system but managed to take a surprise first-half lead against the odds.

Maidstone started firmly on the back foot at Portman Road, with Ipswich taking control of the match from the very first whistle. Jeremy Sarmiento, Nathan Broadhead and George Edmundson all missed huge chances to open the scoring for the hosts, who were made to pay for their wastefulness just before the half-time whistle.

Reynolds found himself through one-on-one after latching onto a hopeful long ball up the pitch before pulling off an excellent chip to beat the onrushing Christian Walton and give Maidstone a surprise lead. The goal sparked pandemonium on the touchline, with a number of Maidstone substitutes rushing over to celebrate with Reynolds as he wheeled away.

Ipswich legend Terry Butcher was running the rule over the game on BBC Radio 5 Live and said: “It was a good clearance from Maidstone from the corner and just one ball clear gets Reynolds beyond the Ipswich defence.

“It was the most beautifully professional finish you will see. He takes his time. I thought he was going to smash it but Walton commits to going low as he comes out to make the save and Reynolds just dinks the ball over his head. What a finish, unbelievable, and a deserved reward for their efforts so far.

“It was a South American-style finish from Reynolds. Lionel Messi would have done that himself in that situation, I’m sure. Reynolds was very, very composed. Maidstone look more composed and relaxed with every minute.

“Kieran McKenna will be saying to his team ‘you know what you’ve got to do’. They’ve got a lot of options off the bench but it is easier said than done to turn things around quickly.”

Maidstone are the lowest-ranked side left in the FA Cup after reaching the fourth round for the first time in their 32-year history. They managed to beat Chesham United in the first round proper before claiming huge wins against league opposition in Barrow and Stevenage to set up a meeting with Ipswich at Portman Road.

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