Facing their third English side of the cup campaign and their second away fixture, it couldn’t have been a tougher tie, with West Brom boasting a 100% record in sixteen outings so far this season.
However, as reigning British league champions, FPC know how to dig in and win and an excellent team performance saw them inflict a first defeat on the Brummie side. The match was decided by a single goal which came fairly early on in the match. In 12 minutes, keeper Clark played a long goal kick which was headed wide to the right flank by Tonner. Fox, playing as an attacking midfielder, picked the ball up in space, and had plenty of time to send in a high cross which soared over the West Brom goalkeeper, dipping at the back of the six yard box just as MacKenzie arrived unmarked to bullet a header into the empty net.
The home side forced a few free kicks in dangerous areas, however the FPC defence rose to the challenge to record their fourth consecutive clean sheet. FPC could in fact have won by a larger margin, with MacKenzie, Totten and Tonner all passing up good opportunities to extend the lead. West Brom clipped the post from one second half free kick but were unable to break down a disciplined Corner side, who have now knocked out two of the top three sides in England in this season’s cup run.
The semi final draw has yet to be made, and the match will be played at a neutral venue.
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 1 Fir Park Corner (IFA British Cup, 28/4/12)