York City completed the first part of what could be an historic Wembley double by picking up the FA Trophy this last weekend with a hard fought 2-0 victory against Newport County. They won the FA Trophy for the first time after losing in their only other final appearance against Stevenage in 2009
After a goalless first half where they peppered the Newport area with shots, York took the lead early in the second half with a move that started way back near their own goal. Four quick passes moved the ball to the feet of Matty Blair, who had beaten the high Newport defensive line and was one on one with Exiles keeper Glyn Thompson. Blair held his nerve and broke the deadlock with a delightful lob from just outside the area.
As a response Justin Edinburgh quickly made two changes, introducing Elliott Buchanan and Jake Harris, but before they had a chance to influence the game at all, it had all but slipped away. Once again, a high ball beat the Newport defense and sent Ashley Chambers away down the right wing. He sent a ball right across the goalline and it was left for Lanre Oyebanjo to score from a couple of yards out and seal the win.
Newport threw everything into getting back into the game, coming closest in the 88th minute when Ismael Yakubu hit the post with a fine header. They had more glimpses of the goal before the end of the game, but couldn’t find a way past the York defense. Manager Justin Edinburgh had told the BBC that despite winning the FA Cup and League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur, leading Newport out at this unexpected first visit to Wembley would be the ‘proudest moment’ of his career.
The victorious Yorkshire side will be back under Wembley’s famous arch this coming weekend as they attempt to win promotion back into the football league after spending the last eight years in the Conference.
Newport County 0-2 York City (Matty Blair 65, Lanre Oyebanjo 73)
Newport: Thompson, Warren, Yakubu, Foley, Jarvis, Highes, Pipe, Minshull, Rose, Evans, Porter.
Subs: Swan, Knights, Harris, Rodgers, Buchanan.
York: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Meredith, Smith, Parslow, Walker, Chambers, Blair, Challinor, McLaughlin, Gibson.
Subs: Musselwhite, Reed, Potts, Fufield, Moke.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.