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York City 1-0 Luton Town
The FA Carlsberg Trophy
Semi-Final First Leg
3pm, Saturday 10 March 2012
Bootham Crescent, York City FC
Winning clubs receive £16,000 from The FA's prize fund
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York City will take a 1-0 advantage into their second leg against Luton in The FA Trophy Semi Finals - with the Hatters suffering from indiscipline to go down to a slender margin at Bootham Crescent.
Luton had two men sent off as they slipped to a narrow defeat, but losing by a small margin will give them hope ahead of the second leg.
Luton got off to the worst possible start inside 15 minutes when Jake Howells was sent off for deliberate hand-ball inside the area.
Howells blocked Jamie Reed's volley with his hands and the referee had no choice but to send him off - and Reed stepped up to slam home the penalty to make it 1-0 to the hosts. Howell's sending off was followed up by Keith Keane seeing red in the second half, leaving the nine-man Hatters with no way back.
It was an explosive start but it did not seem to set the tone for the following 20 minutes as neither side managed to impose themselves on the game.
Luton, to their credit, managed to cope with the numerical disadvantage and Janos Kovacs went close with a header but York escaped.
In truth, it was a quiet first half following the exciting start but Luton would have been pleased to have got to half time just 1-0 down.
The Hatters brought Shane Blackett in a bid to get themselves back into the game but Keane's dismissal gave them a mountain to climb.
Keane picked up two bookings inside three minutes, leaving the referee with no choice but to send him off.
Luton held firm to keep it 1-0, giving them every chance to turn it around in the second leg.
Minstermen hold one goal advantage over nine man Luton.