FORMER Colchester United favourite George Elokobi admits Maidstone United's shock FA Cup win over League Two high flyers Barrow left him emotional.

The National League South side were 2-1 winners to book their place in the FA Cup third round for the first time since their reformation, in 1992.

Elokobi, who clocked up nearly 100 appearances for the U's in his two spells for the club, says he felt his side deserved to win against their EFL opponents.

Elokobi said: “I’m really excited for the football club.

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“Barrow showed us respect which was wonderful, but I think we deserved to get through.

“I got emotional after the game but those emotions were for everyone here, the players, the fans and all the staff and the community of Maidstone.

“The whole place is buzzing after that, the whole community is, so let’s see where this result takes us now.

“It’s an incredible achievement, but this is the magic of the FA Cup.


“Now the whole town can go out and enjoy it, and see what happens in the draw tomorrow."

Bivish Gurung's 74th-minute winner secured an upset for the sixth-tier hosts at Gallagher Stadium.

Barrow, who sit third in League Two, led through Ben Whitfield before Sam Corne levelled for Maidstone.

“We had a mountain to climb, but we reached the summit thanks to Bivesh’s goal," said Elokobi, who won promotion with Colchester in 2006 under Phil Parkinson after joining them from non-league outfit Dulwich Hamlet, two years earlier.

“It was an absolute blockbuster – it was just an excellent hit. As soon as it left his boot I knew the ball was going to fly in. Bivesh is a terrific talent and I’m so delighted for him.”