Wembley’s stage proved a thriller for the second-straight FA Cup semifinal, though this one was dramatic from front-to-back.
Hull City and Sheffield United traded goals in a fun tie that ended with the Tigers clinching their first FA Cup final appearance in a 5-3 match.
Hull trailed 2-1 at halftime.
David Meyler was a maestro with a goal and multiple assists, while Yannick Sagbo, Matty Fryatt, Tom Huddlestone, and Stephen Quinn scored for Hull.
Jamie Murphy, Stefan Scougall and Jose Baxter netted for Sheffield United, which led twice.
The Blades struck first thanks to a left-footed shot from Jose Baxter in the 19th minute, inspiring the traveling Sheffield faithful with a 1-0 lead.
After Sagbo rescued an equalizer for Hull in the 42nd minute, the Blades took the lead just 90 seconds later. Scougall’s tally in the 44th gave Sheffield United a lead it could take to halftime.
Steve Bruce’s halftime substitution of Fryatt for George Boyd paid almost immediate dividends, as he was in the catbird seat to left-foot home a goal in the 49th minute. The Tigers would strike again, and it wouldn’t take long.
Meyler’s deft pass found Huddlestone, who simply danced through the Blades defense before calmly giving Hull its first lead of the match at 3-2 in the 55th minute.
And Meyler started the fourth Hull goal with a quick ball in to Jake Livermore, who chipped a touch that Quinn headed home to double the advantage in the 67th minute.
But wait! Just into the first of three minutes of stoppage time, the Blades pulled one back. Murphy’s right-foot had given Sheffield United hope, but Meyler took it right back with the eighth goal of the match.