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Albion 1 Everton 0 (aet) match highlights

18 May 2018

ALL the action from Wembley Stadium as Jeff Astle secured Albion's fifth FA Cup triumph.

Tony Brown had the first opportunity of the game after good work by Doug Fraser, crashing a shot from distance just over the bar as Albion made a lively start, but for a period thereafter, the game settled into stalemate with neither side able to fashion a really clear chance on goal.

Everton's best chance of the first half came shortly before the interval, Morrissey drifting in from the left hand side to fire off a shot, Osborne diving to make a good save and send the sides in level after a tense first 45 minutes.

During the break, Fraser had a strapping put on his left knee but more serious was an early injury to Kaye's right ankle which was clearly impeding him as he limped heavily through the game.

If Everton were perhaps just the better side in the first hour, as time went on the Throstles became a bigger and bigger force in the game, but without really creating a proper opportunity in front of Gordon West's goal. Indeed, perhaps the biggest chance fell the way of the Merseysiders just before the end, Morrissey helping the ball on to Husband with the goal gaping, but he somehow contrived to put his header over the bar when it looked easier to score.

And so it was extra time, Kaye's ankle finally giving away, Dennis Clarke becoming the first substitute in FA Cup final history. He slotted in at right-back, Doug Fraser moving into the centre.

Barely had the game restarted than Albion were ahead. Jeff Astle picked up the ball midway in the Everton half, went past Kendall and unleashed a shot from the edge of the box which cannoned into a defender and fell back into Astle's path. Barely breaking stride, he hit the returning ball with his left foot and it flew across the face of goal, beyond West and nestled in the far corner. Astle had scored in every round of the competition and Albion were on their way to glory.

From there, Everton looked a beaten side, energy drained by the punishing Wembley turf, hope sapped by Astle's goal. Albion could have made it 2-0 in the dying seconds, Osborne sparking a swift breakaway, Albion having three against one, the ball coming to Lovett who, like Geoff Hurst in '66, let fly with a shot from distance. Unlike Hurst, Lovett missed, but it didn't matter, it really was all over, the final whistle going almost as soon as his effort sailed over the bar.


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