- Title: U.K.: ARSENAL DEFEAT MANCHESTER UNITED 3-2 IN F.A. CUP FINAL.
- Date: 13th May 1979
- Summary: 1. GV EXTERIOR PAN Arsenal in dark shorts playing right to left, kick off and play it back, crowd watching (2 shots) 0.06 2. SV Arsenal attack, ball crossed and Brian Talbot scores to put Arsenal ahead 1-0 0.13 3. GV Scoreboard Arsenal 1, Manchester United 0 0.14 4. SV & GV United take corner and Gordon McQueen hand balls it into net, goal disallowed 0.26 5. GV Arsenal attack through Liam Brady who crosses to Frank Stapleton who heads it home to make it Arsenal ahead 2-0. Crowd applauds (2 shots) 0.42 6. SV (Second half) Arsenal attack through Brady and Graham Rix, crosses but United 'keeper, Gary Bailey, scrambles ball away 0.51 7. SV & GV United attack and Lou Macari heads for goal. 'Keeper Pat Jennings pushes it over the bar 0.56 8. GV United take free kick, Joe Jordan lays it on for McQueen to score United's first goal 1.12 9. GV United attack again and after brilliant solo run Sammy McIlroy scores United's second to make it two all 1.34 10. GV Arsenal on to attack from kick off, Brady passes to Rix who crosses for Alan Sunderland to score winning goal 1.47 11. GV Scoreboard showing Arsenal winning match 3-2 1.52 12. GV Arsenal receive cup from Prince of Wales 2.00 Initials ??? SPORT: SOCCER Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 28th May 1979 13:00
- Location: WEMBLEY, LONDON, U.K.
- Country: United Kingdom
- Reuters ID: LVA8ARU6C9Q3K2HCPUOB3DUE8QO2
- Story Text: Soccer...and in the most stunning finish to an English Football Association (F.A.) Cup final in years, the London club Arsenal, with a goal one minute from time, triumphed 3-2 over Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday (12 May). Arsenal, last year's beaten finalists, appeared to be cruising to a comfortable 2-0 win with only three minutes left. But suddenly United, seemingly a spent force, unleashed a blistering counter attack that sent their previously subdued fans wild with delight.
SYNOPSIS: Arsenal kicked off in the first half and seemed determined to overcome the battle of nerves which saw them end as losers to Ipswich last year. Just 12 minutes into the match and a loose ball is capitalised on by Brian Talbot to put Arsenal ahead 1-0.
United tried for the quick equaliser but this attempt by Gordon McQueen was ruled to be hand ball.
Ireland's Liam Brady for Arsenal was to become the difference between the two sides. On this occasion his run and clean cross set up Arsenal's second goal for Frank Stapleton.
In the second half it was Arsenal who started the strongest. But the attack faltered when young Manchester goalkeeper, Gary Bailey, managed to clear the ball from danger.
United with a reputation to comeback in a big match had to wait for their first goal. In the eighty six minutes, from a free kick Joe Jordan lays it one for Gordon McQueen to score.
Just two minutes later Sammy McIlroy brought the crowd of a hundred thousand to their feet, when after a brilliant solo run he pushed the ball past Arsenal 'keeper Pat Jennings to put the score level at two all.
But then came Arsenal's clincher. A minute from time man of the match Brady masterminded the attack and Rix crossed for Alan Sunderland to score a dramatic goal.
A triumphant 3-2 victory to the London side Arsenal and their right to receive the prestigious cup from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
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