Here we are.
The National Stadium.
As a club, we’ve been here before. But, never in a match as big as this. Its safe to say, that, at this point in time, this may be the biggest moment in the clubs 145 year history.
Doncaster is a ghost town. Buses have been setting off since the early hours. The M1 is awash with fans, all heading south. Its impossible not to get excited for the afternoons events.
The morning of the final, we we told that Joao Filipe had failed his fitness test, despite having attempted to get over his ankle injury.
The FA Cup Final – 15:00hrs
Amid all the pomp and ceremony that comes with a big cup final, comes the story of the players. 7 of our starting 11 were under the age of 22, 3 of them having come through our own academy system.
Leicester came in with a strong team, with only a single change from the team that played against us a couple of weeks before. Steve Canham dropping to the bench, and Kelechi Iheanacho replacing him.
Barring the missing Joao Filipe, this was the strongest side we could put out. Diogo Goncalves had regained fitness after taking a knock a few matches back, Martin Odegaard and Jesse Lingard also came back in, along with Luis Fernando, Glyn Gardner, Laniyan de Assis and Carlos Ardiles.
6′ – Andre Horta loses the ball in the Doncaster half, patient build up work brings the ball forwards, before Diogo Goncalves sees his shot tipped round the post.
9′ – GOAL!!!! Luis Fernando finds Martin Odegaard in space on the edge of the centre circle. Not closed down, he plays a through ball to Carlos Ardiles, who, despite seeing his first shot saved, fires the second one past the prone Onana.
11′ – Leicester should be level. Remo Frueler is left unmarked and Demarai Gray finds him level with the penalty spot. His headed loops over untouched.
23′ – GOAL!!!! Disaster for Harry Maguire, as the England international diverts Goncalves cross past Onana and into his own goal.
31′ – GOAL!!!! Charlie Taylor gets Leicester on the board, firing a free kick past Rodrigues from 25 yards.
35′ – Iheanacho draws a save from Rodrigues, firing straight at the keeper from 19 yards.
36′ – Rodrigues bowls the ball out to Gardner, who plays in Lingard, and his shot is just tipped around the post by Onana.
37′ – GOAL!!!! From the resulting corner, Goncalves ball in is met by Torres, and the Columbian scores his first goal for the club.
Half Time – Leicester City 1 – 3 Doncaster Rovers
Despite having less of the ball, we’ve been more clinical, and made our chances count. Leicester are likely to fire the ball more direct in the second half, as they look to get back on terms.
57′ GOAL!!!! Ten minutes of second half action brings nothing, before Leicester are hit on the counter attack. The ball is cleared to Ardiles in the right wing position on halfway, before he beats Harry Maguire, gets to the byline and plays a sliderule ball for Jesse Lingard to score a 4th for Doncaster.
60′ – Remo Freuler fires a speculative effort over the bar.
61′ – Odegaard gets played through, but, under pressure from Maguire, fires wide.
62′ – Big chance for a 5th Doncaster goal, as Odegaard gets behind the static defensive line. Onana tips the shot around the post.
63′ – From the resulting corner, the ball comes towards Glyn Gardner at waist height. His volley comes back off the bar and is cleared.
67′ – After a mixed performance, Martin Odegaard leaves the field, and is replaced by Bruno Oliviera.
72′ – Laniyan de Assis is withdrawn, and replaced by Brazilain compatriot, Luis Henrique.
75′ – Carlos Ardiles cross is headed back across goal by Lingard, and Goncalves sees his shot clawed off the line.
83′ – Joe Allen leaves the pitch to a standing ovation, as he is replaced by Javi Martin.
90+2′ – Ardiles shot is tipped wide.
90+4′ — Full Time.
With the incoming platitudes from all corners, the first FA Cup Final, and with it, the first FA Cup in the clubs history is secured, and with that, our season ends.