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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

JPT Final Review - Brentford 0 Carlisle 1

Brentford 0-1 Carlisle United
Sunday April 3, Wembley. (Att: 40,476)

An early goal from Carlisle stalwart Peter Murphy saw the Cumbrians made amends for last season's JPT Final disappointment against Southampton to defeat Brentford.

Twelve months ago, Greg Abbott's men were swept aside by a swaggering Saints side, but this time they resolutely defended their advantage to snuff out any chance of a comeback from the London side.

In the process, United's second Trophy win in their sixth final, ensured they became the most successful side in the competition's almost 30-year history.

Carlisle began on the offensive and were unfortunate not to go ahead early on when Francis Zoko's flick header from a left wing cross was briliantly tipped wide by Bees keeper Simon Moore.

However, United weren't to denied for much longer when, from their fourth corner of the game, Murphy was on hand to control a Zoko header and volley the ball home.

The Londoners tried to respond with a Sam Saunders free kick narrowly wide and then the same man lashed an effort from outside the area off target.

Nicky Forster's side tried to push for a leveller in the second period and came close when Jeffrey Schlupp fashioned an opening for himself only for his shot to come back off the post.

The Bees ended the game with 10 men after Toumani Diagouraga's sending off with three minutes of normal time remaining.

It ensured Carlisle saw out the last few minutes and secured their first Trophy success since 1997.

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