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Carlisle to face Everton after FA Cup shootout success

Carlisle United are through to the FA Cup Fourth Round after a dramatic penalty shootout win over fellow League Two club Yeovil Town.

In a Third Round Replay at Huish Park, Jack Compton put the home side in front in the first-half but the Cumbrians equalised through Antony Sweeney in the 79th minute.

Dramatically, former Carlisle striker Francois Zoko earned Yeovil a penalty in added time but fired his spot kick wide of the post.

Both sides were reduced to ten men in extra time, before Carlisle won 5-4 on penalties.

That result earned Keith Curle's side a home tie with Premier League side Everton in the Fourth Round.

90th minute goal deprives Carlisle of FA cup win

Carlisle United will have to replay their FA Cup third round match after a 90th minute equaliser by Yeovil.

The Blues were twice in the lead against the football league's second bottom club.

Grainger scored first after 25 minutes and Carlisle held onto that lead until the 71st minute when their former player, Francois Zoko, put Yeovil level.

Ellis put Carlisle back in the lead and heading for a fourth round place but Jeffers equalised for Yeovil in stoppage time.

If Carlisle can win the replay it will be their first time in the fourth round for almost 20 years.

Carlisle United sign defender on permanent deal

Mark Ellis has moved to the Blues from Shrewsbury. Credit: PA

Carlisle United have signed defender Mark Ellis on a permanent deal, which will keep him at the club until 2018.

He initially joined the Blues on a loan deal in October 2015, and has now made ten appearances for the club.

Mark has settled well here and he's shown us what he’s all about. He’s getting better and better with every game and we’re delighted that he’ll be with us until the end of the 2017/18 season.

He gives us good options at the back and he’s bought in to what we want to do and how we want to do it. He's said himself that he thinks there's even more to come and he's the type of character we want to have around.”

– Manager Keith Curle

Ellis made more than 100 appearances for Torquay, before signing for Crewe in 2012, and then moving to Shrewsbury.

Carlisle United lose 0 - 2 against Plymouth

Manager Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United were frustrated by Plymouth Argyle today, as League Two's top team ran out 2 - 0 winners.

It was a home game for the Blues, but took place at Blackburn's Ewood Park because of flood damage to Brunton Park in Carlisle.

The two sides seemed evenly matched for most of the game, but Plymouth made the breakthrough 25 minutes in, when Ryan Brunt's deflected free kick found the corner of the net.

As Carlisle pushed to equalise they were hit on the counter. Another deflection from a Brunt shot took it over the goalkeeper and into the net.

There is a suggestion that the final touch was from Gregg Wylde, who may have been offside.

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Carlisle United suspend all ticket sales for flooded Brunton Park

Brunton Park Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United have suspended tickets sales at Brunton Park in the wake of Storm Desmond. The stadium suffered heavy flooding at the weekend. Ticket sales for both home and away fixtures have been suspended.

The club said:

As things stand, we have suspended ticket and hospitality sales for home and away fixtures - please bear with us as we put new procedures in place, in conjunction with the Football League and the clubs we are scheduled to play.

We would like to thank everyone for the patience they have shown with the football club today as we begin the process of assessing the aftermath of this weekend's flood event.

– Carlisle United Football Club
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