Moro inspires Boro to FA Trophy win
FA Trophy final Stevenage Boro 2 York City 0 Lightning struck twice at Wembley this afternoon as once again Steve Morison proved the difference in an FA Trophy final. The 25-year-old didn t leave it quite as late as 2007 to get his goal but his 69th min
FA Trophy final
Stevenage Boro 2 York City 0
Lightning struck twice at Wembley this afternoon as once again Steve Morison proved the difference in an FA Trophy final.
The 25-year-old didn't leave it quite as late as 2007 to get his goal but his 69th minute strike set Boro on their way before Lee Boylan's smart finish in injury time emphasised Stevenage's dominance.
Boro looked the superior side all afternoon with York only ever fleetingly looking capable of bridging the 29-point gap the two sides finished apart in the Blue Square Premier this season.
But Morison's quality in the penalty box separated the two sides and Boro face an almighty task in replacing the striker, who looks set to get his move to the Football League this summer.
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It looked to be turning into a frustrating afternoon for Boro fans until Morison's intervention with Boylan missing two good chances while Peter Vincenti came close with a header.
But Boylan put the seal on the win with a fine volley after being set up by his strike partner, Morison.
York's best chances came at the end of the first period but they lacked the kind of firepower Stevenage boast to trouble Graham Westley's side.
Vincenti was surprisingly handed a starting place at left midfield in the absence of Mitchell Cole, who served the final game of his three-match suspension after his sending off at Mansfield on the final day of the league season.
Lawrie Wilson plugged the gap left by Scott Laird at left back with the former Plymouth youngster also serving a suspension after his dismissal against Cambridge on Monday.
Michael Bostwick dropped back into central defence to cover for the cup-tied Jon Ashton as Gary Mills and Darren Murphy anchored the midfield.
Boro settled quickly into a nice passing rhythm showing little sign of any nerves although York had the first effort of the afternoon when Daniel McBreen dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area after being found by Richard Brodie.
Stevenage were certainly carrying the greater attacking threat in the early stages, however, and Murphy tested York 'keeper Michael Ingham with a smart turn and shot from the edge of the area in the eighth minute.
York were having trouble picking up Andy Drury, who had been given licence to roam from the right hand side, and the former Lewes man started a move that ended with Vincenti blazing over from the edge of the area when he should have hit the target.
Morison suddenly came to life in the 21st minute when he received the ball 40 yards from goal and proceeded to skip past Danny Parslow and found himself bearing down on the goalkeeper.
However, the predatory instinct that has seen several Football League clubs scout the 25-year-old eluded him and his effort was neither a shot nor cross allowing Shaun Pejic to clear the danger.
Boro were really starting to turn the screw with both Bostwick and Drury having shots from long range that narrowly missed the target.
Morison certainly looked to have the beating of Parslow as the former Northampton man showed in the 33rd minute when he burned past his man before seeing his shot from an acute angle easily saved by Ingham.
York had vanished as an attacking force as the half progressed and they were lucky not to fall behind when Ronnie Henry's pinpoint cross from the right found Lee Boylan with the freedom of the penalty area but his glancing header flew just wide.
Boro were almost left to rue these missed opportunities four minutes before the break when York could have taken the lead against the run of play.
Simon Rusk's long ball over the top found Adam Boyes, who sped past Henry leaving the youngster with just Chris Day to beat. However, the Boro shot-stopper stayed big and saved Boyes' low shot with his feet.
City had another great chance in first half injury time when Boro failed to clear a set-piece and the ball fell to Mark Greaves, whose thunderous shot appeared destined for the back of the net until team-mate David McGurk got in the way.
Boro had looked comfortable in the first period aside from the final five minutes and Westley would have wanted more of the same in the second half in the hope that someone could find a finish to some of their fine approach play.
Within two minutes of the restart Boro had missed another chance, however as Boylan fired wide after latching on to Drury's flick on. It was a very presentable opportunity for the former Cambridge man and the worry for the Stevenage support was that their side would start to regret these misses.
Vincenti brought the best out of Ingham in the 64th minute with a beautiful 25-yard strike that looked to be arrowing into the corner until the York 'keeper leaped to his left and tipped the ball around the post.
But in the 69th minute Boro finally got the breakthrough and didn't you just know it would be Morison to get it.
Drury's corner from the right was headed down by Roberts and Morison controlled well before bundling his way past Parslow and firing home from close range.
It was the kind of scrappy goal that Morison has made a career out of and, while this might not have been as dramatic as his winner in 2007, it was equally as important.
Vincenti should have doubled Boro's advantage when he met Drury's cross but his header flew just wide.
In the 80th minute Parslow almost put through his own net in trying to divert another Drury centre but the ball rolled agonisingly wide of the post.
But Boro sealed the victory in injury time thanks to a piece of quick thinking by Morison. The forward's throw-in behind the York defence caught them square and Boylan volleyed home with aplomb.
Boro (4-3-3): Day, Henry, Bostwick, Roberts, Wilson, Drury, Mills, Murphy, Vincenti (Anaclet 87), Boylan, Morison. Subs not used: Bayes, Albrighton, Maamria, Willock.
York City (4-4-2): Ingham, McGurk, Parslow, Pejic, Purkiss, Mackin, Rusk (Russell 81), Greaves (McWilliams 74), McBreen (Sodje 60), Boyes, Brodie. Subs not used: Mimms, Robinson.
Shots on target: Boro 4 York 1
Shots off target: Boro 4 York 7
Fouls: Boro 13 York 7
Corners: Boro 4 York 1
Offsides: Boro 1 York 1
Bookings: Boro 2 (Bostwick, Wilson), York 3 (McGurk, McWilliams, Mackin)
Referee: Michael Jones (Cheshire)