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Luton 1-1 Brighton (aet)

Luton win 4-3 on penalties

Luton celebrate getting to Wembley
Luton players celebrate victory at the final whistle

Luton gave their fans some joy by booking their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final with a dramatic 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Brighton.

Tom Craddock scored early for Luton after a mix up in the Brighton defence.

Nicky Forster drilled home an equaliser for Brighton, who then had David Livermore sent off for a bad foul.

Luton, rooted to the foot of League Two after being docked 30 points, had keeper Lewis Price to thank as he emerged the hero in the shoot-out.

The on-loan Derby keeper saved from Chris Birchall and Jason Jarrett to see Luton go through to face Scunthorpe in the final at Wembley.

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The game could have turned out very different had Nicky Forster scored with the visitors first real effort after 20 minutes.

The striker dragged his shot wide though after he had been played in by Dean Cox.

The result was a fair reflection on Luton's dominance in the second half, thanks largely to the sending off of Livermore.

They were though restricted to long-range efforts and the closest they came to scoring was when Kuipers pushed aside Chris Martin's 20-yard strike in stoppage time.


Luton: Price, Gnakpa, Roper (Hall 25), Spillane (Howells 64), Davis (Charles 84), Jarvis, Keane, Asafu-Adjaye, Martin, Parkin, Craddock.
Subs Not Used: Brill, McVeigh.

Booked: Davis.

Goals: Craddock 2.

Brighton: Kuipers, Whing, El-Abd, Fraser, Virgo, Cox (Elphick 45), Jarrett, Birchall, Livermore, Forster, Andrew (Cook 77).
Subs Not Used: Sullivan, Hawkins, Dixon.

Sent Off: Livermore (45).

Booked: Jarrett.

Goals: Forster 20.

Att: 8,711.

Ref: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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Brighton 0-0 Luton
20 Jan 09 |  Football


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