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O'Connor sacked as Yeltz lose

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Martin O'Connor bowed out as Halesowen manager by watching his injury-hit side crash out of the FA Cup 3-0 at the hands of Evesham.

Martin O'Connor bowed out as Halesowen manager by watching his injury-hit side crash out of the FA Cup at the hands of Evesham.

The boss, who was sacked 24 hours later ahead of a proposed takeover at The Grove, saw his team sent spinning to defeat by two goals in nine second-half minutes by Mark Owen and James Knott.

And Evesham, from a division below Halesowen, sealed their place in the final qualifying round when substitute Danny Scheppel lashed home a brilliant third goal five minutes into stoppage time.

The first half ended goalless but it was Evesham who carried the greater threat with home keeper Nathan Vaughan not called upon.

The home side went ahead moments into the second half as Mark Owen cut in from the left and beat two players before hooking a right-footed shot over the stranded James Dormand into the top corner.

And Knott grabbed Evesham's second just before the hour when he rounded Dormand before scoring.

Vaughan saved well from Aaron Farrell after Liam McDonald hit the post but Scheppel made it 3-0 in stoppage time when he blasted home from 30 yards.

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Evesham: Vaughan, Watson, Hayden, S Hands, Luckett, Lutz, Hodnet, M Hands (Scheppel, 80), Owen, Knott (Lennon, 88), Clarke. Subs (not used): Fitter, Wood, Davis.

Halesowen: Dormand, Platt, Hamilton, Pierpoint, Knight, Amos (Farrell, 64), Denny, Paul, Wright, Williams (O'Garo, 60), McDonald. Subs (not used): Jay, Francis, O'Connor.

Referee: James Thornhill (Ilkeston).

Attendance: 332.

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