Soccer

Stoke reach first FA Cup final

2011-04-17 19:23
Matthew Etherington (Gallo Images)

London - Stoke City reached the FA Cup final for the first time when three goals in the first 30 minutes paved the way to a stunning 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Stoke, who first entered the FA Cup in 1883 and had never got beyond the semifinals, will now face Manchester City in the final at Wembley on May 14. They also have the chance of securing a place in next season's Europa League depending on where City finish in the Premier League.

Goals from Matthew Etherington after 11 minutes, Robert Huth six minutes later and Kenwyne Jones after 30 minutes had Stoke manager Tony Pulis leaping for joy on the touchline as the match virtually ended as a contest, with Bolton's hopes of a first final appearance since 1958 totally dashed.

Jon Walters scored twice in the second half to complete a memorable win.

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