FA Cup: Barcelos bags brace as Puritans hit Cirencester for six

Felipe Barcelos bagged a brace in his final game for Banbury United
Felipe Barcelos bagged a brace in his final game for Banbury United

Banbury United cruised into the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2005.

The Puritans thumped ten-men Cirencester Town 6-1 on Saturday with Felipe Barcelos signing off a with a brace in his final game.

There was little between the two Evo-Stik Southern League sides before the tie changed in United’s favour in the 12th minute when Alfie Kilgour was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Jacob Blackstock.

United took the lead five minutes later when Blackstock’s low cross was knocked home by Barcelos from close range. George Jeacock went close for the Puritans before Lee Smith tested Jack Harding from six yards.

But United doubled their advantage in the 31st minute when the returning Zac McEachran raced through before exchanging passes with Jeacock on the right and fired home from ten yards.

Cirencester went close with a long range effort from James Coates which went just over. But after the restart, substitute Conor McDonagh shot just wide from the edge of the box and McEachran went close.

McDonagh was again just off target before he grabbed United’s third goal in the 56th minute, slipping the ball past Harvey Rivers after being set-up by McEachran. United got a fourth goal in the 65th minute when McDonagh’s low cross found Barcelos who netted from 12 yards.

The fifth goal arrived in the 72nd minute when a Darius Browne free-kick was headed home at the far post by Ricky Johnson. McDonagh was denied by Rivers who then thwarted Browne with a brilliant save.

Cirencester grabbed a consolation goal in the second minute of stoppage-time through Matt Liddiard. But United had the final word when Callum White cut in from the left before firing past Rivers.