LONDON: Salford City’s FA Cup dream came to a cruel end with a 2-0 extra-time loss to Hartlepool in their second-round replay on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
Salford, the non-league side co-owned by former Manchester United greats Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs, hit the post in normal time through Richie Allen’s deflected shot.
But Scott Fenwick powerfully headed in a Rhys Oates cross in extra-time with a Mikael Mandron volley clinching victory for the League Two side.
“I’m absolutely devastated,” Salford manager Anthony Johnson said. “The players could not have put any more in.
“We’re proud of what the boys have done. We put in an unbelievable performance.”
Salford, who play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division and are 52 places below Hartlepool in the league structure, had never gone beyond the third qualifying round before this season.
Hartlepool will now host Championship high-fliers Derby in a third round tie at Victoria Park on January 9.