X

Thursday 25
April

Match Reports

Watford 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

7th April 2019, 18:52 by Jack Ogalbe

Gerard Deulofeu was the hero for Watford as they came from behind to beat Wolves 3-2 and book their place in the FA Cup final.

Both teams made goalkeeping changes with Heurelho Gomes and John Ruddy coming in, but neither were unduly tested in the early stages with the occasion at Wembley clearly affecting the players.

Will Hughes fluffed his lines with a half volley, while at the other end, Leander Dendoncker's driven effort deflected off Craig Cathcart and Gomes adjusted well to tip over.

However, Wolves went ahead from the resulting corner, Matt Doherty losing his man and nodding Diogo Jota's cross into the empty net on 36 minutes.

Watford had been edging proceedings before the goal and could have gone into the break on level terms, only for Conor Coady to heroically block Andre Gray's point-blank effort.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men started the second half well, regularly striking on the break and Raul Jimenez was unfortunate with two clever efforts.

Jimenez's industry was rewarded after 63 minutes when he doubled the lead with a wonderful finish. The Mexican beat the offside trap to get ahead of the defence before controlling Doherty's ball and acrobatically firing home.

Shortly afterwards Javi Gracia made his move, introducing Deulofeu, who was a shock omission from the starting line-up. The move worked as the Spaniard immediately injected urgency into his team's play and made it 2-1 with 11 minutes to go when he cleverly chipped home from the left side of the box.

Wolves looked set to hang on but extra time was forced late on when Troy Deeney was brought down by Dendoncker in the penalty area and the Watford skipper's spot-kick had too much power for Ruddy.

Inevitably the pace of the game slowed but the fresh legs of Deulofeu made the difference after 104 minutes when he got on the outside of Coady and cleverly slid past the desperate Ruddy.

Wolves tried everything in the second half of extra time but failed to create any real chances and it will be the Hornets who return to Wembley on May 18 to face Manchester City in their first FA Cup final since 1984.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

More Match Reports

Match Reports

Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City

24th April 2019, 21:57

Manchester City have the initiative in the title race after scoring twice in the second half as they beat Manchester United 2-0.

Match Reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Arsenal

24th April 2019, 21:40

Arsenal are in danger of missing out on the top four after slumping to a 3-1 defeat to Wolves at Molineux.

Match Reports

Watford 1-1 Southampton

23rd April 2019, 21:52

Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history but Southampton had to settle for a point after a 1-1 draw at Watford.

Match Reports

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

23rd April 2019, 21:51

Spurs strengthened their hold on third spot with a 1-0 win over relegation threatened Brighton thanks to Christian Eriksen's late goal.

Match Reports

Chelsea 2-2 Burnley

22nd April 2019, 21:58

Chelsea moved back into the Premier League’s top four places despite being held to a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Match Reports

Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace

21st April 2019, 18:12

Arsenal tripped up in their pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Crystal Palace.

Recent Sport Headlines

Match Reports

Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City

24th April 2019, 21:57

Manchester City have the initiative in the title race after scoring twice in the second half as they beat Manchester United 2-0.

Match Reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Arsenal

24th April 2019, 21:40

Arsenal are in danger of missing out on the top four after slumping to a 3-1 defeat to Wolves at Molineux.

Crystal Palace

Palace have stipulations over potential Zaha transfer

24th April 2019, 19:56

Crystal Palace are believed to be reluctantly ready to let Wilfried Zaha leave this summer - provided two key stipulations are met.

Cardiff City

Cardiff linked with ambitious move for Sociedad striker

24th April 2019, 19:20

Cardiff are lining up a club-record move for Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose should they preserve their Premier League status.

Snooker

Allen suffers early exit at Crucible

24th April 2019, 18:44

Mark Allen became the third seed to lose in the first round of this year's World Championship after going down 10-7 to Zhou Yuelong.

Tennis

Nadal admits he struggled past Mayer

24th April 2019, 18:41

Rafael Nadal admits he was not at his best as he came from a set down to beat Leonardo Mayer in the Barcelona Open second round.

Ajax

Ziyech ready for Spurs showdown

24th April 2019, 17:33

Hakim Ziyech feels the Champions League semi-final tie with Tottenham will be the biggest games of the Ajax players' lives.

Paris Saint Germain

PSG boss won't stand in Meunier's way - Report

24th April 2019, 17:29

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel reportedly won't stand in the path of Thomas Meunier moving on to pastures new this summer.