Hull City's hopes of reaching Wembley in the Papa John's Trophy were ended as they suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to Lincoln City at the KCOM Stadium.
Sky Bet League One's top two sides played out a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes with Greg Docherty cancelling out Harry Anderson's early opener, but it was the Imps that edged their way through to the semi-finals with a 4-3 win on penalties.
Grant McCann made six changes to his side following the weekend win against Swindon Town. Matt Ingram came in for George Long between the sticks, while Josh Emmanuel and Sean McLoughlin came into the back four in place of Lewie Coyle and Jacob Greaves. Skipper Richie Smallwood came back into the midfield with Regan Slater as Alfie Jones and George Honeyman made way, while Josh Magennis replaced Mallik Wilks in the attack. New signing Max Clark was included amongst the substitutes.
Torrential rain in the build-up, and which continued after kick-off, made for an extremely wet and tricky playing surface, but Lincoln were quick out of the blocks as the took a seventh-minute lead. Anthony Scully found room on the right to produce a low cross for Anderson to guide past Ingram.
Docherty curled a shot over from the edge of the box after being set up nicely by Keane Lewis-Potter as the home side looked to respond, while James Jones was just off target as Lincoln looked for a second.
Crowley fired just wide from 20 yards and Lewis-Potter's effort was kept out by goalkeeper Alex Palmer but with the rain getting worse, and the pitch more tricky, the home side went in behind at the break.
Palmer made a save from Magennis soon after half time and as the Tigers continued to push they found an equaliser on the hour mark. Docherty picked up possession and was allowed to run right through the Lincoln back line before finding the net with a low left-footed strike.
A double change followed as James Scott and Billy Chadwick replaced Magennis and Slater, and Crowley then saw a goal-bound volley well blocked by a Lincoln defender.
Lewis-Potter was close to putting the home side in front with a shot that flashed just inches wide of Palmer's left-hand post, while at the other end Timothy Eyoma sent an effort over the bar.
A third change saw Jordan Flores replace Crowley 14 minutes from time but with no further goals, the tie was decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Penalty Shoot-Out (Taken At The South Stand End / Lincoln Take The First Kick)
1-0: Jones fires past Ingram
1-0: Smallwood's effort is saved by Palmer
1-0: Ingram saves from Montsma
1-0: Scott sees his spot kick kept out
1-0: Anderson fires high over the bar
1-1: Chadwick levels up the shoot-out
2-1: Scully sends Ingram the wrong way
2-2: Lewis-Potter's effort is powerful enough to beat Palmer
3-2: Grant applies the pressure as he finds the net
3-3: Elder takes the shoot-out to sudden death
4-3: Johnson puts Lincoln back in front
4-3: Flores sees his effort saved
Hull City: Matt Ingram; Josh Emmanuel, Reece Burke, Sean McLoughlin, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood ©, Regan Slater (Billy Chadwick 61), Greg Docherty; Daniel Crowley (Jordan Flores 76), Keane Lewis-Potter, Josh Magennis (James Scott 61).
Subs Not Used: George Long, Lewie Coyle, Thomas Mayer, Max Clark.
Lincoln City: Alex Palmer, Lewis Montsma, Tayo Edun, James Jones, Jorge Grant, Anthony Scully, Joe Walsh, Ramirez Howarth (Tom Hopper 64), Brennan Johnson, Timothy Eyoma, Harry Anderson.
Subs Not Used: Sam Long, Adam Jackson, Sean Roughan.
Referee: Mr R. Madley.