North Ferriby United 3-3 Wrexham (North Ferriby win 5-4 on pens)
The FA Carlsberg Trophy Final
29th March 2015
Goalkeeper Adam Nicklin was the penalty saving hero as North Ferriby United stunned Wrexham by coming back from two goals to win the FA Trophy on penalties.
Louis Moult and Jay Harris strikes had given the Welsh side a commanding 2-0 lead by the hour mark and Wrexham never looked like relinquishing that lead, but Liam King’s penalty gave United hope and substitute Ryan Kendall equalised late in normal time.
Kendall’s header then made it 3-2 before Moult’s stunning strike set up a shoot-out, which Ferriby won 5-4.
North Ferriby’s forays into the Wrexham half were rare, which made the final ten minutes of normal time all the more special. However, they dominated the rest of the game from that point and deserved their win.
Jason St Juste, who opted to miss St Kitts and Nevis’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Turks and Caicos Islands so he could feature at Wembley, caused problems for the Wrexham defence early in the second half and Coughlin had to save at the winger’s feet before Blaine Hudson cleared the danger.
Jennings should have made it 2-0 after he rounded Nicklin but his shot was cleared off the line.
However, it wasn’t long before Jay Harris made it 2-0. The midfielder found himself unmarked on the right flank and hit a shot from the edge of the area that beat Nicklin at the near post.
With Wrexham in control North Ferriby were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes remaining, which captain King struck high into the roof of the net to give his side a lifeline.
The goal gave Billy Heath’s side confidence. With four minutes left, St Juste’s cross from the left wing was met by Kendall to level the scores, and Coughlin then had to tip over Clarke’s curling effort in the final moments just to keep Wrexham alive into extra time.
North Ferriby started the additional period as they had finished the 90 minutes and the impressive St Juste’s deflected cross found Kendall, whose downward header beat Coughlin to give North Ferriby the lead for the first time.
Substitute Andy Bishop was denied by Hone’s perfectly timed tackle before Moult rescued Wrexham with a stunning strike two minutes from the end of extra time to take the game to penalties.
Then in sudden death, Nicklin saved Steve Tomassen’s penalty to cap an incredible comeback by the East Yorkshire part-timers and secure their first FA Trophy.