Cardiff make it to Cardiff
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Bluebirds travelled across the Severn Bridge to face their fierce rivals with a 1-0 lead given to them by Peter Thorne's header in the first leg at Ninian Park on Saturday.
Lennie Lawrence's side duly obliged with a stubborn display, with Daniel Gabbidon outstanding in defence and goalkeeper Neil Alexander solid as a rock and producing one outstanding save from Brian Tinnion.
Robert Earnshaw looked lively early on for the visitors, and he blazed over a left-foot volley from the edge of the box and hooked his overhead volley just wide within the first half-hour.
Lee Peacock was throwing his weight around up front for the hosts and he surged in from the touchline and Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Alexander had to be quick and brave to come and deny him a chance on goal.
Robins skipper Tommy Doherty had the best chance of the half four minutes before the break when he stole in on the end of Joe Burnell's cross, but glanced his header wide when he should have done better from six yards out.
Danny Wilson fired his side up during the interval and they came out of the traps looking to claw the single goal advantage back from Cardiff.
Christian Roberts took things a bit too far early on when he came in late with a two-footed challenge on Gary Croft, but the offence went unpunished by referee Jeff Winter.
Croft came in with a stern challenge of his own minutes later, but this time his high tackle was dealt with by Winter, who handed him a yellow card.
Brian Tinnion had the best chance so far on 68 minutes when he powered his header towards the bottom corner only for Alexander to produce a superb one-handed save to palm it away for a corner.
The home side were near enough camped out in the Cardiff half of the field, but repeatedly found both Daniel Gabbidon and keeper Alexander in fine form and in no mood to relinquish their lead.
Despite huffing and puffing, The Robins could not find a way through and it is the Welsh side that will face either Oldham or QPR in the final and will have a huge advantage playing in their home city, and they are sure to pack-out the at The Millennium Stadium on May 25.
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