Live: Hull 5 Sheffield United 3

Full time and Hull are in the FA Cup final. What a superb game that was! Sheffield United players are absolutely dejected whilst their fans applaud their efforts. For Hull, their Premier League quality shone through in the end and it takes them back to Wembley on May 17. Thanks for reading!

It's David Meyler with the goal! Hull break on the counter-attack and Elmohamady finds an onrushing Meyler, who strokes in a perfect finish into the bottom left corner.


Utd are throwing everything toward Hull but they're defending superbly!

Three minutes of added time.

It's Jamie Murphy! A deep cross to the back post is headed back into the path of Murphy, who fires past Harper. Could this be the comeback of all comebacks?


Aluko fires in from the right-hand side of the box, but Howard gets down well to smother the attempt.

Utd are going route-one towards Porter, but his flick on lands comfortably in Harper's hands. The former Newcastle keeper, in truth, has had not much to do in this half.

Meyler plays the ball into Fryatt who looks set to fire in on goal, but Maguire ushers him away from goal and uses his strength to get him off the ball.

As expected, Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall come off for Ben Davies and Chris Porter.

Doyle finds Brayford on the right, who tries to replicate his fantastic cross in the first-half - but a tired effort is cleared easily by Rosenior.

Scougall uses his pace to get past Meyler, but Chester times his tackle to perfect to stop the young Scot in his tracks. Despite a poor first half from the rest of their team, Davies and Chester have been superb throughout.

Movement on the Sheffield United bench as Porter and Davies are in deep discussion with coach Chris Morgan.

Aluko uses his skill to get past Maguire, and he tries to fire in on goal but is slightly nudged off the ball by Collins - and the effort flies way wide.

Brayford bursts forward but is greeted by a wall of black-and-gold. He tries to flick it over the defence and into Baxter's path - but it trickles easily into Harper's hands.

A quiet few minutes as Hull keep possession whilst the Blades chase shadows. The difference between the Premier League and League One is really beginning to show now.

For all their effort and guile throughout the match, United are looking rather leggy as Hull have control of the game in the centre of the pitch.

A long ball over the top of the Blades defence almost finds Elmohamady, but it's well read by Howard and he clears comfortably.

The ball falls kindly to Coady on the edge of Hull's area, put his powerful effort is blocked by Rosenior.

United win a corner, and Baxter whips it in. After a bit of a scramble in the box, Murphy attempts an acrobatic overhead kick which flies high over the bar.

You have to applaud the changes that Bruce has made at half-time. They've all contributed to a fantastic second-half for the Tigers.

It's Quinn the substitute! Meyler slips it down the side to Livermore who chips it in towards Quinn, who heads it in to the bottom left corner. The former Blades man scores against his ex-club.


The corner comes in and Harris does just enough to put Meyler off, who heads it harmlessly into the side netting.

Rosenior bursts down the left and attempts to cross it in for Fryatt, but he's well tracked by Brayford who blocks the cross and sends it out for a corner to Hull.

Former Sheffield United midfielder Stephen Quinn comes on for injured Yannick Sagbo.

Livermore sets the ball up for Huddlestone who fires in a trademark long-range shot, but it's straight down the centre. Either side of Howard and the Blades keeper would have been in real trouble.

This time, the Ole's are coming from the Hull faithful as they managed to keep possession superbly in the Utd half.

Utd are trying their utmost to get back into the game, and Flynn sends in a deep ball into the Hull box but it's gathered comfortably by Harper - who used all of his experience by slowing the game down.

CHANCE FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED! Coady slides a wonderful ball through to Flynn, who looks set to level the scoreline but Rosenior just gets in to block the shot. Superb defending from the full-back.

After an excellent run by Brayford, he tries to thread it through to Baxter but Rosenior ushers the ball into the hands of Steve Harper.

The Blades fans looked shell-shocked after a huge ten minutes. The Tigers fans sing 'You're not singing anymore' - what will the Sheffield United response be?

It's Huddlestone with the goal! A nice one-two with Meyler gives the midfielder the opportunity to use his strength, fend off the challenge from Collins and bend in a superb finish to make it 3-2. What a game! For the first time in the tie, Hull lead!


The lively Murphy aims to run through the Hull defence and plays it off to Scougall, who gives it to Doyle. A heavy touch leads to a late challenge on Huddlestone, but he avoids a booking.

It's been all Hull City so far, who look invigorated by the introduction of their substitutes. Will be interesting to see how Clough reacts in the coming minutes.

Aluko threads the ball through to Fryatt, who doesn't realise he's offside and instead, takes it round Howard and taps it in. He and the Hull fans celebrate, but it's ruled out.

The introduction of Fryatt and Aluko has paid dividends immediately - the latter's pace is really troubling the Blades.

It's the substitute Fryatt with the goal! Hull won a corner and the ball fell to Sagbo, who taps it off to Chester whose effort falls kindly to Fryatt and he calmly strokes it past Howard.


The introduction of Aluko has injected some well-needed pace and flair into the Hull team, and he almost gets in behind the Utd defence but Collins covers well.

Collins tries to get the ball away but finds Meyler, who gives it to Huddlestone who rather uncharacteristically gives it straight back to the Blades.

Aluko picks up the ball, drives towards the Blades' backline and taps it off to Meyler - who skies his 25 yard effort high and wide.

We're underway for the second half!

Steve Bruce has made two changes, opting to bring on Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt for Maynor Figueroa and George Boyd.

Andre Marriner blows for half-time. Another fascinating 45 minutes is surely in store, stick with us here and send me over your thoughts and predictions!

Two minutes of added time to be played.

What a whirlwind two minutes they were! Superb finish from Sagbo but great strength of character from the Blades to go straight back in front. Huge noise coming from the red-and-white supporters.

It's Scougall who scores! Superb play from Murphy as he uses his pace and strength to get past Rosenior, and fires in a wonderfully driven cross into the path of Scougall who crashes it in high into the net. 2-1 to the Blades!


It's Sagbo who scores! Livermore plays the ball across the box and it lands towards Sagbo, who smashes it high into Howard's net. A classic case of the commentator's curse!


Hull trying hard to break down a resilient Blades team, who are effectively playing a 4-6-0 formation and looking comfortable in containing their opposition.

A dangerous ball from Elmohamady almost finds Sagbo, but it's just too far. The Ivorian got behind the Blades backline there - something he hasn't managed to do so far, with just over 5 minutes until half time.

Huge ole's from the crowd as Sheffield United keep possession in the middle of the field. The Blades must have racked up over 20 successful passes in that phase of play.

Scougall tries to take it round Rosenior but an over-ambitious touch gifts the ball to Hull, who clear it easily.

The resulting free-kick is delivered by Harris but dealt with easily by Chester. Utd pump the ball back into the Hull area but once again - it's cleared comfortably.

A late challenge on Doyle from Huddlestone gives Utd the opportunity to whip the ball into the box, from 35 yards on the left hand side.

The game has quietened down significantly in the past few minutes with no chances for either side. A lack of communication between Boyd and Sagbo sees the ball trickle harmlessly into the grasp of Howard.

George Boyd is now playing through the centre, whilst Huddlestone has dropped deeper. Looks like Meyler has been switched to play on the left hand side - Bruce is trying desperately to overturn a rather dismal performance so far.

Boyd's resulting corner is deep towards Sagbo, who tries to control the ball on his head but it goes straight out for a goal kick to Sheffield United.

Elmohamady works hard to put Harris under pressure and the ball spins away for a Tigers corner.

Possession in the last five minutes: Hull 30% v Sheffield United 70%

Utd get a freekick on the right hand side midway through the Hull half. Doyle swings it in but Davies deals with it easily.

Figueroa gives the ball away easily to Brayford and United break in numbers. Sloppy play from the Tigers and Steve Bruce does not look happy on the sideline.

Hull are yet to test Howard with a shot on target yet - Clough's tactics are working superbly so far. Both Huddlestone and Livermore have been given no time to influence the game.

The resulting corner is aimed towards Davies who jumps into the back of Howard and Marriner awards a free-kick to the Blades.

Elmohamady whips the ball in and Maguire's clearing header falls to Huddlestone, whose effort deflects out wide for a corner.

Chance for Sheffield United! After neat, patient play around the Hull box - the ball falls kindly to Scougall who swings a leg at it wildly and it flies high and wide. A rush of blood to the head from the 21 year old there.

Meyler gets a free-kick on the halfway line and drives the ball into the box - which lands straight into Howard's arms. Poor delivery.

That goal has sparked life into an otherwise drab Hull team. A definite increase in their tempo and it'll be interesting to see whether Clough's tried-and-tested tactic of containing teams and counter-attacking will pay dividends once again.

Baxter pays his own respects to the 96, by kissing his black armband and pointing to the sky. A touching moment from the Liverpool-born forward.

It's Jose Baxter with the goal! A superb ball in from Brayford lands perfectly into the path of Baxter, who just gets in ahead of Chester and pokes it past Steve Harper. 1-0 to the Blades!


Coady has the chance to break free on the left wing and he attempts to cut inside, only to be tackled calmly by Davies. Good composure from the Tigers man.

Early possession statistics: Hull 47% v Sheff Utd 53%

Meyler tries to thread through Sagbo, who's playing on the shoulders of the Blades centre-backs, but the Tigers forward is offside.

Despite a decent ball in, Hull defend resiliently and get the ball out of the box after a few attempts.

Meyler gets booked for a strong tackle of Scougall. A good opportunity for Utd to profit from the free-kick, 40 yards out.

Davies plays a long ball over the top to Sagbo and the Ivorian had the legs over Collins, but Howard was off his line quickly to smother the ball.

Sheffield United play it short and Harris attempts a long-range strike, which is easily blocked by Meyler. An ambitious effort from the left-back.

Utd get a freekick on the half-way line as Baxter is caught by Figueroa's high boot.

Hull directing most of their play through Livermore at the moment, but they keep losing the ball on the flanks to a Blades side full of energy.

Utd gift possession to Hull in the centre and the ball is sprayed out to Elmohamady, who tries to take it round Coady but the Liverpool loanee ushers the Egyptian out of play and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.

Rather cagey opening so far, neither side showing great signs of taking a hold on the game. A game full of energy though, as you'd expect.

Davies ignores calls from Harper to let the ball run through to the 'keeper and heads it towards Baxter, but fortunately for the centre-back the former Everton player can't capitalise.

Hull try to break through the Blades defence but the ball is picked up by Doyle who tries to spark a counter-attack at blistering pace. The attack falls to nothing - but it's clear to see that Sheff Utd will play on the counter today.

The Blades are pressing really high at the moment, will be interesting to see how long they can keep this going.

First glimpse of an opportunity as Baxter aims to thread through Scougall, but Davies reads the pass and clears it away.

Sheffield United with most of the early possession - sign of things to come as Doyle goes in for a trademark strong tackle.

And we're underway!

FA Chairman Greg Dyke walks out on to the pitch with a wreath of flowers - Andre Marriner signals a minutes remembrance as both sets of fans applaud.

Both side's have shook hands and Wembley falls silent to remember those who the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

The teams are in the tunnel and are ready to go! A really boisterous atmosphere at Wembley Stadium today, here's hoping for a classic FA Cup semi-final.

@TommyBarnes16 has got in touch via twitter, sending me this prediction: 'Good luck to both sides I think 3-2 to the blades'

Big thanks to Andy Lunn who's just sent this: 'I'm Hull born and bred but I have never been a fan of the Tigers (I'm a depressed Villa fan of 35 years and counting). Hopefully a good day for the Hull City supporters today, something to at least make me smile. Good luck Tigers, enjoy the day and make Hull a proud city. It'll also be payback to Sheffield United for knocking us out in the 3rd round lol.'

Little over ten minutes to go until kick-off, predictions are still welcome from both sets of fans!

The referee for today's match is Andre Marriner, who sent off Sheffield United's Michael Doyle in the fourth round earlier this season. He's also officiated three Hull matches this season, including their fifth round win over Brighton.

Chris Green from Huddersfield has chipped in with his prediction, and he says: 'Sheffield United to win 2-1, with Coady bagging a brace.'

Sheffield United have lost their last four FA Cup semi-finals (Leicester 1961, Sheffield Wednesday 1993, Newcastle United 1998 and Arsenal 2003).

Hull City have only once reached the FA Cup semi-final, where they lost after a replay to Arsenal in 1930.

Some interesting stats for you to digest: Hull City and Sheffield United have been drawn together on two previous occasions with the Blades winning after a replay in 1983 and the Tigers going through after a replay in 2009.

Thanks to Rory too, who's sent me this: "Just wanted to say good luck to both Yorkshire teams but it would be fantastic to see a League 1 team in the final and hopefully a place in Europe. COME ON YOU BLADES! "

Big thanks to Gregory Parrott who has emailed me his prediction: "I'm going for a 3-1 win for the tigers. Boyd, Davies and Huddlestone to score :-)"

An enormous game for both sides, with the prospect of an FA Cup final in touching distance. I'd love to hear from both sets of fans - you can contact me via Twitter @davidalexbowers or alternatively, you can email me at Send me your predictions and we'll get you on site!

Sheffield United subs: Long, Hill, Porter, McGinn, Davies, Freeman, Kennedy.

Hull City Subs: Jakupovic, Faye, Bruce, Koren, Quinn, Aluko, Fryatt

Sheffield United's starting XI is as follows: Howard, Harris, Brayford, Maguire, Flynn, Doyle, Baxter, Collins, Coady, Scougall, Murphy.

The team news is in, and we'll start with Hull City's starting XI: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, Chester, Huddlestone, Meyler, Livermore, Boyd, Elmohamady, Sagbo

Good afternoon and welcome to our live and interactive commentary of today's FA Cup semi-final between Hull City and Sheffield United. Stick with us, as we'll bring you team news, statistics and minute-by-minute text commentary.

Kick-off is at 1607 BST...

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