Brentford
0-1
Carlisle United

 

 

Murphy 12
   
Ref: Mr Graham Salisbury    Attendance: 40,476

 

By Tony Leighton

The joy of match-winner Peter Murphy on his second great occasion in three days was matched by the ecstatic reaction of Carlisle United's supporters to their long-awaited Johnstone's Paint Trophy triumph.

Central defender Murphy, whose partner Lisa gave birth to a son on Friday, hit the 12th minute goal that gave the Cumbrians the Trophy after being runners-up on three occasions in the last nine seasons.

Twelve months after their last Wembley defeat, a 4-1 trouncing by Southampton, Greg Abbot's team made the most of their early advantage to grind out a result against a hard-working Brentford side that ended the game with 10 players after having midfielder Toumani Diagouraga sent off three minutes from time.

Carlisle's early lead was well deserved. Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore turned striker Francois Zoko's goalbound header for a corner, but when James Berrett's's flag-kick dropped loose in the penalty area Murphy neatly controlled the ball then volleyed a12 yard shot into the roof of the net.

As Brentford hit back right winger Sam Saunders sent a viciously curling 25 yard free-kick narrowly wide, and the same player again just failed to hit the target after ending a good run with a powerful 20 yard drive.

Carlisle were sitting reasonably comfortably on their lead, however, and they might have doubled it straight after half-time. Full back Matt Robson sent over an inviting cross from the left, but striker Craig Curran headed wide of the near post.

Midfielder Tom Taiwo then scuffed a 15 yard shot after being set up by Berrett, but in the 56th minute the Cumbrians had a big slice of fortune at the other end. Brentford's on loan Leicester City striker Jeffrey Schlupp glided past central defender Lubomir Michalik to fire in a low, angled shot that unluckily bounced back off the near post.

That sparked the Bees into mounting a series of attacks that had their opponents defending desperately at times, no more so than retreating as Saunders ran at them for a 79th minute shot that flew wide of the near post.

The Londoners kept pressing but their chances of snatching a late equaliser faded after Diagouraga had been dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Brentford (4-4-2): Moore; Neilson, Legge, Osborne, Woodman (O'Connor 89); Saunders, Reed (Bean 46), Diagouraga, Weston (Grabban 78); Alexander, Schlupp.

Substitutes not used: Byrne, Carson.

Carlisle United (4-1-3-2): Collin; Simek, Michalik, Murphy, Robson; Thirlwell; Taiwo (88), Marshall (Noble 23), Berrett; Curran, Zoko (Madden 68).

Substitutes not used: Livesey, Caig.

Referee Mr G Salisbury (Lancashire)