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FA reduce cost of FA Cup final and semi-final tickets

The Football Association has reacted to the storm over ticket prices by reducing the cost of attending the FA Cup final and semi-finals.

The FA have introduced £5 cuts across the board. Credit: PA

Following five pound cuts across the board, tickets for the May 21 Wembley showpiece will start at £45, excluding concessions, and semi-final tickets will begin at £30.

A statement from the FA read:

Following discussions led by chief executive Martin Glenn, The FA today confirms that ticket prices for the 2016 Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley have been reduced by £5 across all price points.

In addition, tickets for this year's semi-final matches revert back to 2014 prices. So far, this season's competition has seen attendances close to two million and £13m distributed to clubs across the football pyramid.

The FA is in a good financial position and lowering the cost of these showpiece matches is in recognition of the strong, continued commitment from fans supporting the world's original cup competition.

– Football Association statement

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Chelsea teenager delighted after taking his chance

Teenager Ruben Loftus-Cheek was delighted to score his first Chelsea goal as they extended their unbeaten streak to five matches with a 2-0 victory over League One side Scunthorpe in the third round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

The youngster made the most of his chance. Credit: Reuters

Diego Costa fired the Blues ahead with his eighth goal of the season after 13 minutes, slotting Branislav Ivanovic's cross into the bottom corner from the edge of the six-yard box as the Premier League side gained the advantage.

Second-half substitute Loftus-Cheek, who replaced Oscar at the break, made it 2-0 after 68 minutes with his first senior goal to put Chelsea into the pot for the fourth round for the 18th consecutive season.

Loftus-Cheek told BT Sport: "(It was a) really nice moment when I got the goal. I'm really really happy with that. Just to come on and play 45 minutes was amazing.

The strike came from the 19-year-old's first shot on target for Chelsea and he laughed: "One for one - 100 per cent, I'll try to keep that going and I was just happy to come on and help the team.

Appleton hails 'magnificent' FA Cup win over Swansea

Oxford boss Michael Appleton saluted a "magnificent" performance after Kemar Roofe sent Swansea tumbling out of the FA Cup.

Michael Appleton was understandably chuffed after the match. Credit: Reuters

Roofe scored a superb quickfire double as League Two side United stunned their Premier League visitors 3-2 in the first major shock of this season's third round.

Swansea began with a superb Jefferson Montero strike which would have lit up any game, but ended up with a chastening defeat which was compounded by an an alleged altercation between Jonjo Shelvey and some of the travelling supporters.

Appleton said:

I thought the performance was magnificent. To beat a Premier League team on your own patch is one thing, but the way we did it, the way we passed the ball and the chances we created at times was great.

We had to dig deep when it was 3-2 but we showed a lot of composure in defence. We knew if we stuck to what we do best that we'd get opportunities. We pressed as high as we could and I think it unsettled them at times.

– Oxford United Michael Appleton

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