Brighton 5-0 Grimsby Town: Seagulls safely through to FA Cup. At the Amex Stadium, teenager Evan Ferguson scored twice to advance Brighton to their third FA Cup semifinal and break Grimsby Town’s unbeaten streak.
As the visiting goalkeeper parried a shot from Moises Caicedo, Deniz Undav followed in and slid the ball past Crocombe to give the home team the lead after six minutes.
Roberto de Zerbi’s team maintained control of the game despite not playing at their best, and five minutes into the second half, Ferguson added a brilliant second.
The left foot of the 18-year-old Republic of Ireland striker stretched to catch Alexis Mac Allister’s pass that had been clipped, then he set himself up and swung the ball into the bottom corner.
In the 70th minute, Ferguson made a breakthrough to score his second goal. In the 90th minute, Kaoru Mitoma’s deflection goal snuck in at the near post to cap the scoring.
Brighton 5-0 Grimsby Town: Seagulls safely through to FA Cup
In order to advance to their first FA Cup quarterfinal in 84 years, Grimsby had to defeat five clubs from divisions above them. Yet, despite their excellent defensive play in the first half, the League Two team’s attacking threat was very minimal.
Under pressure, Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez appeared to pick up the ball outside of his area, but a VAR review determined that the ball was actually just on the line at the time.
Grimsby’s two noteworthy chances came from substitute John McAtee, who attempted to loft the first over Sanchez and saw the Spaniard push the second attempt over the post in the dying moments.
The Seagulls can now look forward to a trip to Wembley and their first semi-final against Manchester United since 2019. Although the margin of victory should have been higher, Mitoma missed a golden opportunity, and Adam Webster hit the crossbar, the Seagulls can now look forward to a victory.