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Hull reach FA Cup final after dramatic win against Sheffield United

Hull 5 – Sheffield United 3

Hull reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history after a thrilling 5-3 win over Sheffield United at Wembley.

The Tigers were 2-1 behind to their League One opponents at half-time — the Blades having twice taken the lead through Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall — but scored four times in the second half to book a return date at the national stadium against Arsenal on May 17.

Yannick Sagbo had briefly brought Hull level at 1-1 but the game was settled after the break with Matty Fryatt, Tom Huddlestone and former Blade Stephen Quinn scoring in an 18-minute burst.

Jamie Murphy set up a tense finale when he volleyed home in the 89th minute but David Meyler restored the two-goal cushion deep in added time.

But the champagne moment of the afternoon was reserved for Huddlestone, who scored his side’s wonderful third with a neat run and deft finish.

The game began at a brisk pace, although there was more nervous energy on show than composure on the ball.

And the Blades were palpably up for the contest and were good value for their 19th-minute opener.

The game began at a brisk pace, although there was more nervous energy on show than composure on the ball.

And the Blades were palpably up for the contest and were good value for their 19th-minute opener.

John Brayford, a dynamic presence pushing up from right-back, played provider with a devilish whipped cross from the right touchline and Baxter did just enough to turn it home from close range.

Substitute Matty Fryatt levelled after 49 minutes before Tom Huddlestone and Stephen Quinn put Hull two goals ahead.

Indeed United invited yet more late drama as they poured forward and got their rewards in the 90th minute.

After pushing Hull deep in their own box the ball broke for Murphy, who volleyed home calmly.

The tantalising prospect of extra-time was briefly dangled but Meyler killed it with the eighth goal of a memorable day.

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