Swans see off Carlisle
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swansea secured the Football League Trophy after a 2-1 win over Carlisle.
Adebayo Akinfenwa's late goal gave Swansea the Football League Trophy after a 2-1 win over Carlisle at The Millennium Stadium.
The Swansea striker struck nine minutes from time to give the League One side the trophy after Adam Murray had cancelled out Lee Trundle's superb early opener.
Swansea got off to a dream start with Trundle firing them in front after just three minutes with a spectacular strike.
Leon Britton picked out Trundle inside the box and the striker controlled the ball on his chest before firing a brilliant volley into the far corner past Kieren Westwood.
The League One side dominated proceedings early on and Sam Ricketts burst down the left on 12 minutes and sent over a cross towards Akinfenwa, but Kevin Gray produced a vital block to keep out the striker's shot.
Andy Robinson wasted a great opening on 25 minutes when he raced clear onto Trundle's clever pass, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.
It took Carlisle a while to work their way into the game and they thought they had drawn level on 27 minutes when Derek Holmes saw his shot pushed out by Willy Gueret and Karl Hawley was on hand to head home the rebound, only to see his celebrations cut short by an offside flag.
The League Two side did equalise five minutes before the break when Holmes flicked Zigor Aranalde's long throw-in for Murray to arrive unmarked and head home from six yards.
Carlisle almost grabbed a second two minutes later when Hawley worked his way through on goal, but Gueret kept out his shot.
Akinfenwa had the final chance of the half when he worked some space on the edge of the box and drilled in a shot just wide of the far post.Swansea began the second half in determined fashion and Robinson saw a shot from the edge of the area well saved by Westwood on 49 minutes.
Seconds later Akinfenwa outpaced Gray to a ball downfield to race clear on goal, but Westwood did superbly to tip the striker's shot round the post.
Carlisle put the Swansea defence under pressure by winning a succession of corners and from one of them Danny Livesey saw his header cleared from right in front of his own goal by Garry Monk.
Trundle created a chance for himself on 74 minutes with a neat turn inside the box, but his shot was straight at Westwood.
Swansea restored their lead nine minutes from time when Trundle flicked Alan Tate's pass into the path of Akinfenwa and the big forward held off the challenge of Gray before shooting past Westwood.Carlisle substitute Glenn Murray almost drew his side level in the final minute with an acrobatic overhead kick which Gueret brilliantly tipped over the crossbar.