The winners have been crowned in Bank Holiday Monday’s much anticipated 19-20 FA Vase Final following an exciting thriller at Wembley.
Consett and Hebburn Town, who both play in the Northern League Division One, went head to head to get their hands on one of English football’s most prestigious trophies.
This was the first time that both North-East teams were making their first appearance at Wembley, yet for Hebburn, they could be at England’s national stadium twice within the same month as they are also through to the quarter-finals of the 2020-21 competition.
This game was supposed to have took place last May. Then it was initially put back to September, before then being for Monday the 3rd of May in the hope that fans would be allowed to attend, however none are inside the ground, despite the Carabao Cup Final having 8,000 as a test event for spectators.
Also, this FA Vase fixture was the first time ever in a final at Wembley, that identical twins were playing on opposite teams. The Purewal twins are also the first set of Asians twins to have played in a major final at the national stadium.
The game started with Consett looking the brightest, making a couple of dangerous breaks into the Hebburn box before both goalkeepers took a couple of good catches from crosses, which would boost their confidence.
First effort at goal went to Hebburn on the 9th minute – Potter teed up Armstrong, and he turned neatly 20 yards out before firing a shot over the bar.
Consett then became very comfortable on the ball, more than happy to play out from the back, dominated possession so far, and the Hebburn backline has remained solid.
However on the 18th minute, Consett struck home, Holden’s ball released Alshabeeb behind the Hebburn defence, and after going around the Hebburn keeper, he showed good composure to clip the ball past two covering defenders and into the net.
Non-League: Fútbol de alto vuelo 🏴🎩🔝 pic.twitter.com/lIcBmNza3K
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Almost immediately after that, Amar Purewal levelled the scoreline, Purewal was played into space in the left side of the area.
His brother, Arjun, tried to produce a last-ditch tackle, though the ex-Darlington forward steered a great finish past the Consett goalkeeper’s right hand. 1-1.
On the 25th minute, there was a lengthy delay as Consett midfielder Jake Orrell received treatment from the medical staff, then was stretchered off after picking up a nasty injury.
Consett played some lovely stuff after that, and went ahead once again on the 42nd minute, right-back Jermaine Metz stepped inside his marker and pulled the ball back for Dale Pearson.
The striker took one touch to control, then calmly stroked a composed finish into the bottom right-hand corner.
Again however, Hebburn hit back fast. Hayes made a great save from Storey, but Lough was quick to the loose ball and squared for Michael Richardson to stab home a close-range finish.
— Hebburn Town FC (@HebburnTown) May 3, 2021
Eight minutes were added on due to the earlier injury, the scoreline remained at 2-2 going into the break.
The second half started more end-to-end, Hebburn the team with more possession, but only slightly.
The 56th minute saw Hebburn spurn a massive opportunity. Purewal kept a cross alive at the back post, however while Armstrong looked likely to score in the six-yard box, he scuffed his shot and the ball trickled just wide of the post.
Hebburn turned on the pressure, Potter whipped a really dangerous ball across the face of goal, again it couldn’t go in the back of the net.
Consett started upping the pressing, giving Hebburn some work to do going into the final 25 minutes of the 90.
On the 76th minute, Richardson slid a great ball across the face of goal for Hebburn, but Metz did superbly by tracking and then turn the ball behind for a corner.
Hebburn went ahead with seven minutes left on the clock. Armstrong played Richardson into the left of the box, and he squared for the substitute Oliver Martin, who calmly slotted home a first-time finish. 3-2. And that’s how it stayed.
GOL DEL HEBBURN! 3-2 A solo 5 minutos del final The Hornets toman la ventaja y están a unos minutos de ser campeones de la FA Vase. Mientras estoy escribiendo esto casi lo empata Consett. Increíble final. pic.twitter.com/Il8BHvR68Y
— Ascenso Inglés (@AscensoInglesok) May 3, 2021
Fans reacted as the winners were crowned in 19-20 FA Vase Final following an exciting thriller at Wembley…
@DanielEngland98: Congratulations Hebburn town on winning the fa vase final it was excellent cracking final start to finish and will go under the greatest fa vase final in history
@terrydwilk: GEDDDDDIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!! Well done, guys!! Bring dat ding back home!!
@NUFCChazo: YESSSSSSS HEBBURNNNNNNNN!!! COME ONNNNNN
@andyh2602: Up the Hornets !!
@Strinfish: Congratulations to Hebburn Town great game well played…..
@davie_djec: Congratulations! Brilliant game
@OD_bcafc: More trophies in the last 12 years than Spurs
@MasonNUFC_: GET IN
@Tom_KnightMAAT: Congratulations great achievement and you played your part in a great advert for non league football
@AlanParker14: Cracking game well done
@IxCartyxI: Congrats lads. Both did the North proud.
Well done Hebburn. Great achievement 🟡⚫️
— PeterJWhalen (@PeterJWhalen7) May 3, 2021