In an afternoon of top attacking football, Leeds reached the Football association (F.A.) Cup Final?
In an afternoon of top attacking football, Leeds reached the Football association (F.A.) Cup Final by defeating Birmingham 3-nil.
Leeds first goal, after 18 minutes, was built up with a centre from Peter Lorimer to Alan Clark who coolly turned the ball back across the goal for a charging Mick Jones to pick it up and head it past 18-year-old Birmingham goal-keeper Paul Cooper.
The second goal came only six minutes later, when Eddie Gray calmly pumped a long forward pass straight into Lorimer's feet for a smooth low shot which soared past an advancing Cooper.
Birmingham chases and fought all the way, but Leeds tackled and attacked with speed and confidence - foiling all Birmingham's attempts. The first half ended 2-0.
In the second half, the game belonged to Johnny Giles - the Midfielder seemed to be everywhere and it was he who, in the 65th minute, sprinted down the right touchline and drove a meticulous centre for Mick Jones to chest in his second (and Leeds' third) goal.
In what was described as "a tough but never really dirty game", Leeds' Clarke and Birmingham's Page and Hind were booked.
The other semi-final, between Arsenal and Stoke ended in a 1-1 draw, and will be replayed on Wednesday April 19.
SYNOPSIS: The semi-final of Britain's Football Association Cup - played at Hillsborough in Sheffield on Saturday between Birmingham (in dark shirts) and Leeds United. Although Birmingham made an early attack - and fought bravely throughout the afternoon - it was Leeds' day.
In the eighteenth minute - Leeds puts on the pressure with a pass from Reaney to Lorimer, who crosses to Clark for a header to Jones who himself heads in for the first goal, past Birmingham's 18-year-old goalkeeper Paul Cooper - playing his first major season.
Six minutes later - Leeds gain midfield possession and push to solidify their advantage. Ball is cleared and Gray pumps a long forward pass straight to Lorimer's feet, for him to take a smooth shot into the goal past the advancing Cooper. All Birmingham's efforts to recoup are futile - and in the second half, Midfielder Johnny Giles sprints down the touchline and drives a centre to Jones who chests the ball in for his second goal. Leeds win three-nil.