On This Day | Swans seal Football League Trophy glory
Swansea City lifted the Football League Trophy for a second time following victory over Carlisle United on April 2, 2006.
Adebayo Akinfenwa struck the winner nine minutes from time at the Millennium Stadium, after Lee Trundle’s early wonder goal was cancelled out by Adam Murray.
Kenny Jackett’s side had recorded victories over Torquay, Rushden & Diamonds, Peterborough and Walsall in the earlier rounds, before overcoming Colchester in the Southern Area final.
They made a bright start in Cardiff and took the lead after just three minutes.
Keiren Westwood’s poor clearance went straight to Leon Britton, who demonstrated terrific vision to pick out Trundle with a diagonal ball into the area.
Although the angle was tight, the Swans’ talisman controlled on his chest before unleashing a ferocious volley across the goalkeeper and into the far corner to send the Jack Army into ecstasy.
Jackett’s men had opportunities to build on their advantage as Andy Robinson shot wide, while Westwood did well to deny Akinfenwa.
And they were made to rue those missed chances when the League Two leaders equalised five minutes before the break. Zigor Aranalde’s long throw was flicked on, before Murray arrived to head in from close range.
Despite Westwood making a couple of smart saves early on, a scrappy second half ensued in Cardiff.
The game appeared to be heading for extra-time until the 81st minute as Trundle flicked Alan Tate’s ball into the path of Akinfenwa, who muscled his way through before firing home.
Glenn Murray went close to a dramatic equaliser with a spectacular overhead kick, but the Swans held on to lift the trophy for the second time in the space of 12 years.