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York City's Matty Blair tells of family's tears of joy
WEMBLEY hero Matty Blair says scoring the first goal in the FA Trophy final was “overwhelming” – and revealed how it reduced his family to tears.
The 21-year-old chipped Newport County ’keeper Glyn Thompson from just outside the area in the 65th minute to give the Minstermen the lead and set his side on the way to a 2-0 victory under the arch.
It was the latest in a series of crucial goals scored by the former Kidderminster winger, following vital efforts against Luton in the Trophy semi-final and Mansfield in the play-off semi-final, and took him past Jason Walker to lead the club’s scoring charts with 19.
“It was overwhelming,” Blair said of his goal, dinked over an advancing Thompson and ruled onside by assistant referee Sian Massey. “Ash put the ball through. It was a lovely little ball and it bounced up nicely for me – just to dink it over the ’keeper. I have managed to do that.
“I looked at the lineswoman (Massey) and saw her running with her flag down. When I realised it was going in I just left it. I didn’t want to touch it again, just in case. It was a great feeling to score in front of the York fans. It was just brilliant.
“Every positive word would describe the feeling I am having now.”
Blair took 130 friends and family to Wembley for the Trophy final and revelled in the emotions his match-winning efforts produced.
“I have walked past my brother and all his mates, my friends and family that have come up,” he added. “I have walked past my mum and she was crying her eyes out – my sister crying her eyes out – and it just makes me think ‘they are all here to support me’.
“It makes me feel so proud. I feel so proud to say that I have won the FA Trophy with 130 of family and friends here to watch.
“If you would ask any of the strikers about the game and what they wanted, they would say it was to win and score a goal – and I have done that.
“The lads were brilliant. They were superb. I thought we deserved to win the game and I was just the lucky one to score.
“It is a little boy’s dream. To score at Wembley in a final – in front of 19,000 people, which is the most I have played in front of – and to win 2-0, you can’t really make it up.”