Feb 8 (Reuters) – Wrexham and their Hollywood owners’ FA Cup dream came to an end on Tuesday after the Welsh non-league club conceded two stoppage-time goals in a 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United in their fourth-round replay.
Owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, fifth-tier National League side Wrexham were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition but late goals from Billy Sharp and Sander Berge gave Sheffield United the win at Bramall Lane.
Wrexham had been on the brink of a famous victory over the Championship (second-tier) side in the original tie at the Racecourse Ground before United scored late on to salvage a 3-3 draw.
On Tuesday, Wrexham’s Paul Mullin scored a 59th-minute penalty to cancel out Anel Ahmedhodzic’s opener and had another spot kick saved in the 72nd minute when the score was still 1-1.
“So proud of these boys. And the 4,000 plus away supporters who gave it all,” Reynolds, of ‘Deadpool’ fame, wrote on Twitter.
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McElhenney, the creator and star of sitcom ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, tweeted: “I could not be more proud of those men than I am right now. They gave it absolutely everything.”
United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round.
Wrexham, who earlier eliminated second-tier Coventry City, have a history of producing FA Cup shocks, knocking out then-English champions Arsenal in 1992 and reaching the quarter-finals in 1997 after beating West Ham United.
Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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