Battling U's earn United a final against Coventry City
It was a tremendous game. On a difficult surface and with the Hatters crowd in full voice, United needed Simon Eastwood to make a magnificent save in just the fourth minute to somehow get just enough on to a Jordan Cook effort to touch it on to the bar when a goal seemed a certainty.
Luton threw the kitchen sink at United in the second half, Eastwood making an excellent save from Jordan Cook and Johnson getting back to clear off the line as the Hatters gambled everything, but they were leaving themselves open to the counter and Hemmings might have earned a penalty on 66 as he barrelled past two trailing defenders but was brought crashing down just as he tried to get his shot away.
On 69 minutes that ability to counter at speed paid off as the U's looked to have booked their place at Wembley. Ledson, as for so much of the game, was at the heart of it, roaring forward and spreading the ball wide for Edwards. His ball inside allowed Ledson to roll in Johnson whose shot looped off a defender, over Macey and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 and seemingly see United through.
Luton had other ideas and refused to accept their fate; they had nothing to lose, especially when Vassell gave them real hope with a 72nd-minute strike that finally beat the excellent Eastwood. They continued to play an extremely dangerous game though: Lundstram and Sercombe forced Macey into two more great saves and Dunkley dunked a header over. However on 82 they were on level terms when they forced a corner and Hylton, who else, flicked it home to spark wild scenes of celebration.
They didn't last long. Short corner, Johnson in space and on his left foot 20 yards out. Macey could only admire his power and accuracy as the ball flew past him to send the U's to Wembley to face Coventry City on April 2nd.
Another terrific performance, a fine cup tie and United march to the arch once more. Brilliant!
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