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By Paul Fletcher
1805: As Arkwright would have said, it's been a funny day.
A Championship side has made it to the FA Cup final (though in truth that was inevitable since both of today's semi-finalists came from that division), while Man Utd's failure to beat Boro has potentially breathed new life into the title race. On top of that, Everton's final cranks up the race for fourth.
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It has been a pretty special day for Joe Ledley, what with scoring the goal that took Cardiff to the FA Cup final. Well Joe, your day has just got even better. I can reveal that Joe was top of the player rater pops at full-time with 7.38. A great day for him.
1754: Terrible, terrible times for Barnsley's Kayode Odejayi. He cuts a solitary, isolated figure on the pitch at Wembley as he contemplates what might've been. Unfortunately for him what might've been was the best chance of the match that he drilled into the side netting.
It is a case of a thousand yard stare and I just hope he is able to pick himself up from this disappointment.
1752: The Cardiff players and supporters celebrate what for them is an absolutely remarkable journey. They will now play Portsmouth in the final - and it is a story to show that there is still magic in the FA Cup.
Hats off to Barnsley though - what a fantastic story it has been for them. Having beaten Liverpool and Chelsea on their way to the last four they just fell a little short against the Bluebirds.
The Tykes must focus on staying in the Championship.
1750: Full-time Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff
That's it - Cardiff are through to the FA Cup final. Remarkable.
1749: Cardiff win a free-kick and opt to run the ball into the corner. The attendance today is 82,752.
1747: Hmm, Cardiff on the cusp of reaching an FA Cup final at Wembley two years after it left the Millennium Stadium. Crazy.
1746: FOUR added minutes. Can Barnsley save themselves? Can they? Doubt it, to be honest.
1744: Hasselbaink is blowing big time and makes way for Riccardo Scimeca. He just about makes it to the bench.
1742: Tick, tock, time running out. The Tykes enjoy a spell of pressure without really threatening. Spaniard Leon has a couple of shots blocked.
Barnsley bring Butterfield (See 1650) on for Kozluk.
1740: Cardiff midfielder Rae has made some impressive forward bursts during the second half. This time he blazes over from distance. Still, his team are now minutes away from a famous, famous win.
1738: Barnsley now have less time left to score an equaliser than Flash Gordon had to save the entire earth. A nonsense point, I know.
1734: A bad tackle by Stephen McPhail results in a yellow card. Barnsley swing the ball into the box. It comes to nothing.
Barnsley have about 12 minutes left to salvage their Cup dream. I'm hoping that during that time the 606 board will become a little less tit-for-tat.
1730: Stephen Foster miscontrols the ball and suddenly Cardiff's Gavin Rae is through. However, a heavy touch lets the midfielder down and Steele gathers.
1728: Cardiff fans in great voice. You know sometimes when you watch a match you just have that feeling. Well, I don't think it is going to be Barnsley's day.
Peter Whittingham goes close for the Bluebirds from distance.
1725: Another sub for the Tykes - Diego Leon on for Devaney.
As the colleague to my right has just remarked - Odejayi could be replaying his miss again and again in his mind for the rest of his anguished existence.
1723: Odejayi is played clean through - and I mean clean though - on goal. He has loads of time to pick his spot but the Barnsley striker misses the target. A terrible, terrible miss and he holds his head in his hands.
1722: Davey plays his first card, young striker Michael Coulson on for Ferenczi.
1720: Not a moment for Hasselbaink to look back on fondly as he sort of stands on the ball. Most ungainly. Still, Barnsley meekly surrender possession seconds later. Sloppy all round. A minute of park football, you might say.
1718: Cardiff make their second change, with Sinclair making way for Steven Thompson. Robbie Fowler, unfit, looks on from the bench. He looks pretty relaxed as well.
1717: Tykes boss Simon Davey looks thoughtful on the touchline. What magic can he work?
1716: Barnsley win a corner and commit plenty of people forward. Enckelman collects at the second attempt.
1714: Martin Devaney gets to the byeline and delivers a cross to the near post. No Barnsley players take a chance, running to the near stick, and Enckelman collects under no pressure at all.
1712: "I hate this country. As soon as I amass enough money I'm moving somewhere else - England is a country run by suits and people with clipboards telling you what you can't do and even though I am young I am sick to death of being called a 'sexist' (a word invented by a tabloid no less) or a 'racist' because I tell the truth." City_Ground_Fan on 606
1709: A cracking chance for Gavin Rae to extend Cardiff's lead. A Ledley cross comes in from the left and Rae, unmarked, has plenty of time to pick his spot but his header lacks power and Luke Steele saves.
1705: Kevin McNaughton limps off for Cardiff, Aaron Ramsey replaces him. Ramsey and Wembley. Magic.
By the way, an update, if you could call it that, on Rio Ferdinand's injury. At the moment there is no firm news but a more detailed picture is expected to emerge on Monday.
1702: The semi-final resumes at Wembley. Barnsley have 45 minutes to change the course of this semi-final.
Half-time at Wembley and the highest-rated player is Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink with 7.43. Not quite sure why - but remember, you can change all this.
1647: Half-time Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff
A tight game but Joe Ledley's goal has ensured that Cardiff have the edge.
1646: Barnsley appeal for a handball against Kevin McNaughton in the Bluebirds penalty area. Nothing doing.
1644: Almost half-time at Wembley and Barnsley win a free-kick. The Tykes try some reasonably intricate manoeuvre that falters badly - they do not end up even getting a strike at goal.
1641: Time running out - again - for Derby but they have not given up. They win a corner but Everton manage to clear their lines.
1639: "Trevor Sinclair is an absolute hero, 35 and still going strong! It was my dad, Billy Ayre, who was the manager at Blackpool and gave him his chance as a 16 year old! Come on Trev!" ayredw on 606
1633: OK, OK, OK. David Villa plays for Valencia. I get ya - and have made that cheeky required change to 1624. Glad to know you're still following the coverage so thoroughly.
1630: "Whoever gets through this one it doesn't make any difference, because they are going to get whupped by Pompey in the final. I'll either be going fishing, shopping with the Mrs or getting my hair cut that day." Bad Badger on 606
And I bet you are one of those box holders at Wembley!
1627: Would be heartbreaking for Barnsley to lose today - and one has to say that you would fear the worst for them regarding the remainder of their Championship season. They have games in hand but are out of form and in the bottom three.
1625: More corner chaos at Wembley. Barnsley's Istvan Ferenczi hooks the ball towards goal but the diligent Sinclair clears off the line after maintaining his position by the post.
1624: Emmanuel Villa beats the offside trap but shoots weakly and Tim Howard makes an easy block. Villa really should have levelled for the Rams.
1623: "I watched tricky Trevor Sinclair play for Blackpool as a striker in his younger days. Shame his dreadlocks have gone though!" Mark Brooks, Blackpool, via text on 81111
Trevor, by the way, is 35. A grand age. I have to say that.
1622: The Tykes have been threatening but Cardiff almost double their lead. However, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink's shot lacks power and is easily saved. Entertaining fare.
1621: Everton firmly on top now.
1620: "Eugh. Cardiff can't win the FA Cup. C'mon Barnsley, Do England a favour." Hugz_BCFC on 606
1535: TEAM NEWS Barnsley v Cardiff Barnsley are handed a boost with defender Stephen Foster being passed fit to play despite a badly bruised foot, meaning manager Simon Davey can name the same XI that beat Chelsea.
Cardiff start without Paul Parry and Steve Thompson, who both picked up knocks in midweek, while Warren Feeney is cup-tied.
1533: "Today sums up this season- snowing in April, Boro holding United and Barnsley v Cardiff in the FA Cup Semi and in the paper this morning I read Man City and Spurs are chasing the signature of Ronaldinho. Brilliant." Spurs are Gods on 606
All a bit bizarre. And to cap it all off, Euro 2008 without any representation from the United Kingdom.
1530: Everton on top at Goodison but no goals as yet.
We are just 30 minutes from the 2008 FA Cup second semi-final. Life does not get better than that - providing you support Barnsley or Cardiff. The players are going through their warm-up routines at Wembley. The pitch looks great.
1525: Full-time Middlesbrough 2-2 Man Utd
An absolute cracker comes to an end. United are now three points clear of Chelsea with five games left.
1524: Tuncay weaves through the United box but Van der Sar saves at his feet. Late drama.
1524: "If I was a Boro fan, having seen them see off Arsenal and now playing so well against the current champions, I'd be sick to the stomach at the very thought of that dismal, drab performance when it really mattered against Cardiff in the Cup." Steve, Didcot, via text on 81111
I like the way you have linked today's two big footballing themes together.
1519: Rooney is picked out unmarked, he creates space and....shoots disappointingly wide. Four minutes of added time.
1518: United very close to scoring. Schwarzer just saves from Rooney but he cannot hold the header and the ball breaks free. Boro eventually clear.
1517: Everton striker Yakubu somehow misses from five yards. Incredible.
1515: Massive call by referee Mike Riley. A cynical clip by Gary O'Neil on Ronaldo is just outside the Boro area. Just.
1515: Derby have started quite well at Goodison.
1514: "Come on United! Think Steve Bruce against Sheffield Wednesday!" Francis, at a christening, Kirkby Lonsdale, via text on 81111
1512: Scholes on the half-volley 20 yards from goal but he somewhat slices his attempt. Will we have late, late drama?
1511: The last 10 minutes at Boro and Sir Alex Ferguson is cutting an animated figure to say the least. He has just done the old pointing at eyes number. Love that one.
1507: In the first minute at Everton Dean Leacock almost headed into his own net, the ball bouncing just over the bar.
But on the break Derby threaten and Mile Sterjovski's 20-yard shot is saved by Tim Howard diving to his right.
1506: Van der Sar slips, almost gifting the ball to Alves but he just manages to divert it away even though he is on his backside. Masticating managers on the sidelines. I don't think they have even noticed it is snowing. Tuncay on for Alves.
1504: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-2 Man Utd
Park turns Taylor inside and out before delivering a low cross that somehow finds its way to Wayne Rooney, who drills the ball home from six yards. The ball takes a sizeable deflection off Wheater on its way to goal.
1502: Rooney has a pop with an 18-yard volley. Not too far wide.
1500: Under way at Goodison. Resplendent sunshine and all.
1459: Yellow footballs in April. The more I think about it, the crazier it is. Ferdinand limps off, Pique comes on. Remember, Vidic is already injured.
1457: This is cracking. Downing breaks down the left and shoots from an acute angle. Good save. No corner. Strange. Hargreaves on for O'Shea.
1454: The weather situation is worsening at Boro as Park replaces the ineffective Tevez. The sun is shining at Goodison Park. Just crazy this global warming innit.
1454: (See 1410) "If Kylie Minogue Was 'OK' in Hotpants then Alves is a half decent player. And Ronaldo's scored a few goals this season." Keeno1250 on 606
There has been a lot of chat on 606 about the form of Giggs. Many suggesting he is finished, many jumping to his defence. Either way, I doubt whether he probably needs a pension. Sleet at the Riverside.
1437: Pandemonium in the United box. Bodies everywhere, Carrick makes a crucial block. Signs of fragility.
1436: TEAM NEWS Everton v Derby
Andrew Johnson has recovered from a groin injury and partners Yakubu up front for Everton. Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are sidelined by injury, Manuel Fernandes and Leighton Baines are brought into the starting line-up.
Derby are unchanged from the team that drew 2-2 with Fulham.
1435: The match resumes at Boro.
1433: The Cardiff and Barnsley players are on the pitch in their sharp suits at Wembley having a look around, pretending to read the programme. A touch of snowfall.
1430: "I'm in Mexico, where it's early morning. I woke up just to keep track of the game on BBC sport. I just found myself celebrating for the Boro goal like nothing ever before. I'm a Chelsea fan and COME ON BORO!!" Man in Mexico via text on 81111
1428: (See 1418) "Don't be so bloody neutral Paul! This penalty was as clear as Rooney's run wasn't offside!" tuogol on 606
Wow. Easy tiger. As plenty of people have pointed out on 606, there have been a lot of strong penalty appeals falling on deaf ears recently. Plus, was it ball to hand or hand to ball? Plus, plus the game isn't at Old Trafford.
Probably no great surprise to see that man Cristiano Ronaldo top of the pile once again, with 8.09. But Boro goalscorer Afonso Alves is doing just fine with 7.28. Meanwhile, Edwin van der Sar is languishing on 6.84 - he's made some pretty good saves you know....
1418: A cracking first half at the Riverside comes to an end. Boro deserve to be level but United finished strongly. A Ronaldo shot struck Andrew Taylor on the arm at pace. Penalty? Not according to the referee.
1415: (See 1401) "That knee injury, Paul - was that when you tried to do one of Ronaldo's rockets and ended up kicking the ground?" Dan, north London, via text on 81111
There was only one Ronaldo back then - and he was 17 and watching the World Cup from the Brazil bench.
1412: Boro should take the lead. Stewart Downing takes a George Boateng cross at the far stick in loads of space but the ball just won't drop for him and Van der Sar rushes out to smother his strike.
1410: "Good goal. This game is getting very exciting." football-not-soccer on 606
Nice line in understatement. Saw Kylie Minogue in her hotpants once at BBC Television Centre. Yeh, not bad.
1408: Alves's first goal for Boro, by the way.
1407: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-1 Man Utd
Aliadiere flicks a Gary O'Neil cross into the path of Afonso Alves, who takes the ball in his stride and closes in on goal before finishing superbly from 16 yards.
1404: A cracking free-kick from Alves. Crash, bang, dip and swerve that Edwin van der Sar can only parry. The keeper does well to save the follow-up header from Pogatetz.
1401: Ronaldo beats four players as he bursts into the Boro box but his left-foot shot is poor. The Boro players look afraid to touch him. Dazzling. Wish I could say it took me back to my younger days before that knee injury...
1359: For mine, Boro have been passing the ball pretty well so far. Luke Young dispossesses Ronaldo. Cue huge cheer.
1355: A great chance for Boro. They hit United on the break and create an opening for Jeremie Aliadiere. The French striker has a clear sight of goal but he horribly drags his shot wide.
1355: "Come on United!" From the lads in the STA travel call centre via text on 81111
1352: Ronaldo to Carrick to Rooney before Luke Young makes a vital interception. Very smooth from United, though I have to say that Alves looks pretty lively up front for Boro.
1350: How excited are we about today's Cup semi-final? Is it refreshing to have an all-Championship tie at this late stage?
1348: Just for the record, Ronaldo now has 37 goals in all competitions.
1346: Boro win a corner that the Tetz - Pogatetz - meets, but he cannot keep his header on target.
1344: Boro are at sixes and sevens. David Wheater makes a timely headed clearance.
1342: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Man Utd
Him, yes him. A deep corner falls to Michael Carrick, who drills the ball low into the six-yard box. Lots of Boro players but none of them clear the ball and Cristiano Ronaldo slips the ball home from five yards.
1341: A free-kick from that Portuguese fella. It looks to be on target but clips the wall and goes out for a corner.
1337: Afonso Alves bursts into the United box but loses his balance as he shoots. Boro's first chance. It is now snowing at Boro. That's snow, not chemical rain.
1336: "Gutted we didn't make the Cup final yesterday but the Baggies played well and did us fans proud. Good luck to Cardiff and Barnsley enjoy your day." Steve Redditch via text on 81111
Steve, we've never met but you seem to me to be one of those all-too-few fine upstanding people. All the best to the finest footballing side in the Champo.
1332: Under way at Boro. Not sure about the weather in Teesside in general but there is certainly no snow on the pitch. Hope that suits Chacor, who asked about it on 606.
1328: "Is there any rule that a girl footballer cannot play with boys?" alpeshgujjar on 606
There's always one. A little run of form and optimistic-ometer goes into over-drive. I love, I just love, the blind loyalty and devotion of the Geordies. You people deserve better, you know that, don't you?
1319: A huge spread on 606 - lots predicting a shock win for Boro, but plenty favouring United, with some going as high as 6-1.
And gamble76, all he is bothered about is Ross County, who won the Scottish Second Division title on Saturday. Well done The Staggies.
1312: There are lots of important cup encounters at this time of season - in Europe and domestically - but Man Utd will be all too aware of the importance of their match at Middlesbrough. If they win United will be five points clear of Chelsea with five games left.
1303: (See 1300) "There was snow in the 1985 FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Man United at Goodison Park." Ali Bin Zahid on 606
Very good question, one for which I have no answer. Indeed, even if I knew the answer I might have been slightly embarrassed about revealing as much.
1255: Anybody been watching the coverage of the Olympic torch relay? I wouldn't exactly say it has been a smooth operation, what with the inclement weather and various other unexpected contributions. Still, at least lovely Tim Henman's leg passed off without problem.
1250: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Man Utd Middlesbrough make two changes to the side which was baaten 1-0 at Chelsea - Julio Arca replacing Lee Cattermole in midfield and Afonso Alves coming in for Tuncay Sanli in attack.
Man Utd start with John O'Shea in place of the injured Nemanja Vidic. Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez play up front, but there is no place for Gary Neville, who is close to a return after a long-term ankle injury. Ryan Giggs also returns after not playing against Roma.
1245 BST: Hold on a minute! Opened the curtains this morning - FA Cup semi-final part II day - and what do I see? Snow, everywhere. And the relevance of this is that you can see Wembley just down the road from my flat. Hence the confused Barnsley fans wandering around as I made my way to the tube.
Now Yorkshire folk are pretty hardy and, in my experience, favour nothing more than one layer on top.
And on semi-finals weekend they have every right to expect a touch of spring and a little sun - but this morning the Tykes I saw were wrapped up in all sorts of scarves, hats, coats and other miscellaneous winter clothing.
I also got pelted by snowballs on my short walk to the underground - by my wife.
Anyhow, weather aside it will be a famous old day for either Barnsley or Cardiff today as one Championship side will take its place in the final.
Meanwhile, in other news, Man Utd can take another step towards retaining their Premier League title at Middlesbrough while Everton can reduce the gap behind fourth-place Liverpool to three points with victory over Derby.
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