Luton Town 1-1 York City
The FA Carlsberg Trophy
Semi-Final Second Leg
3pm, Saturday 17 March 2012
Kenilworth Road, Luton Town FC
Winning clubs receive £16,000 from The FA's prize fund
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Matty Blair hit the most dramatic of late equalisers to send York City into The FA Trophy Final – leving Luton Town heartbroken for the second successive season.
Luton, who were beaten at this stage in last season’s competition, lost 1-0 in the first leg at Bootham Crescent last week but Robbie Willmott’s 43rd-minute effort had put them into a 1-0 lead at Kenilworth Road, levelling the aggregate scores.
But, with extra time looming large, Blair was on hand to edge York into a 2-1 aggregate score overall, booking their place at Wembley.
Luton pair Keith Keane and Jake Howells had both been dismissed in the first leg but returned from suspension to take on York once again here and the former almost got on the end of Willmott’s fizzing long-range effort to open the scoring after half an hour.
It was one of many chances for the dominant home side as they went in search of an opener to level the tie and it finally came two minutes before the break when Willmott timed his run perfectly to slot Danny Crow’s cross into the net.
The goal was a wake up call for the visitors, who began to control proceedings when the sides kicked-off for the second half.
And they were almost back in front through Jamie Reed, the scorer of the winning goal in the first leg, 13 minutes from time but his shot bounced straight into the arms of the Luton 'keeper.
But, with extra time looking like a certainty, York finally found their equaliser in the final minute of normal time.
Jamal Fyfield was the provider, crossing in from the left for the unmarked Blair to head York into The Final.
Late goal at Luton is enough to take York into FA Trophy Final.