Red Rewind: York City win first national cup
Following a scoreless opening half, City took charge upon the restart and Ashley Chambers released Matty Blair for his nineteenth goal of the season on 65 minutes before then setting up Lanre Oyebanjo for a crucial second just seven minutes later.
Manager Gary Mills earlier made one change with on loan defender Ben Gibson replacing the injured Chris Doig. James Meredith started at left-back but soon switched into midfield, with Daniel Parslow dropping back. Their opponents were without ineligible on loan Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow after failing with a late appeal. Glyn Thompson replaced him.
And it was the Welsh side having the better start with Romone Rose, who scored the winner when the two sides earlier met at Spytty Park, always particularly evident. Rose had an early attempt parried by Michael Ingham but missed a glorious opportunity on nine minutes when side-footing straight at the former Northern Ireland international keeper on the break after Nathaniel Jarvis helped on a long forward delivery.
As expected Newport were typically direct in approach while their opponents were at least trying to get on the ball. Midway through the opening half it almost brought them reward when Patrick McLaughlin's shot was deflected narrowly wide as the keeper went the other way. Five minutes later Jarvis flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal at the opposite end with Rose attempting to take advantage.
The lively Rose and then Sam Foley both drilled wide but York were now beginning to find their passes and twice went close before the break. First a short free-kick was rolled towards McLaughlin, whose 25-yard effort was deflected behind after Blair had been dragged back. Then right on the stroke of half-time Jon Challinor saw a low drive parried by Thompson and David Pipe reacted to clear the danger. Lee Minshull curled wide in reply.
The Minstermen were a different side following the break and Chambers had an early effort blocked before Meredith's shot was deflected behind. Their brighter tempo continued and they broke through midway into the second-half when Blair seized on a sweet through ball from Chambers and steered over advancing keeper Thompson - to the delight of the celebrating York fans behind the goal.
Rose shot wide as their opponents made a double-change with twenty minutes remaining in a bid to find an equaliser. But it was York who were to surge further ahead when Chambers escaped around the back from McLaughlin's superb pass and allowed Oyebanjo an easy finish at the far post.
Newport were continuing their direct approach and Ismail Yakubu headed a free-kick onto the roof of the net before then looping another header against an upright after Gary Warren had already volleyed over. York still finished on the attack with substitute Adriano Moke forcing a late save from Thompson and Jason Walker hooking over the bar in added time.
"I hope it's the start of new things to come. It's a fantastic club and a fantastic city, with lovely, lovely people," jubilant manager Mills later told The Press. "We've worked hard to achieve what we want to achieve. The ultimate aim is to get out of this league, but we will talk about the trophy today. It feels great, it's wonderful, and I'm pleased for everybody."
Eight days later his York side were to magnificently triumph at Wembley again when defeating Luton Town 2-1 in the play-off final and indeed securing their glorious Football League return.
York City: Ingham. Challinor, Smith, Gibson, Meredith, Parslow, Oyebanjo, McLaughlin (Fyfield 83), Blair, Walker (Reed 90), Chambers (Moke 90)
subs (unused): Musselwhite, Potts
Goals: Blair (65), Oyebanjo (72)
Newport County: Thompson, Pipe, Warren, Yakubu, Hughes, Foley, Porter (Knights 80), Rose (Harris 69), Evans, Jarvis (Buchanan 69), Minshull
subs (unused): Swan, Rodgers
Ref: A. Taylor
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