London: Hull City, the Premier League side, were given a fright as they had to come from behind twice to beat obstinate third-tier side Sheffield Sheffield 5-3 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday to reach the final for the first time.
In a frantic opening half, Jose Baxter gave Sheffield United a shock lead on 19 minutes. Yannick Sagbo equalised for Hull on 42 minutes, but Stefan Scougall restored the League One side’s advantage just before halftime.
Hull fought back at the start of the second period with substitute Matty Fryatt and Tom Huddlestone scoring in quick succession, before Stephen Quinn’s header effectively wrapped up victory for the Premier League side.
Jamie Murphy snatched a late consolation for Sheffield in injury time, before Hull added a fifth through David Meyler.
Hull will now play Arsenal in the final at Wembley on May 17 after Arsene Wenger’s side sneaked past Wigan Athletic on penalties in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Sheffield looked comfortable against their top-flight opponents in the opening stages, passing the ball crisply round the Wembley turf before taking the lead on 19 minutes when John Brayford’s cross was prodded in by former Everton forward Baxter.
Hull rarely troubled Sheffield for much of the first half, but they snatched an equaliser when Sagbo latched on to Jake Livermore’s perfectly-weighted pass to fire the ball into the roof of the net.
The equaliser was harsh on Sheffield, who were playing with plenty of vim and vigour, and they restored their advantage two minutes later when Murphy tore down the left flank and cut the ball back from the byline for Scougall to lash past Steve Harper.