I went to the local pub intent on watching the UEFA Cup final between Rangers and Zenit St. Petersburg but that was dashed when I was informed they did not have Fox Soccer Channel, so I asked if they had Setanta and sure enough they did, so Hull v Watford it was!
The first half was at a good tempo with both goals coming off poor defending. Watford’s opener was not cleared and lead to a one-two tap in by Henderson that briefly gave Watford hope of a comeback. Despite having a lions share of the possession Watford wasted what it had, and both sides set pieces were poor to say the least. on 43 minutes Hul went back up 3-1 on aggregate when Barmby popped up for Hull on a very poorly Derbyesque clearance and made a lightning run to head the ball into the net right before halftime. Watford were once again down by two goals and Hull had the bit between thier teeth.
In the second half Watford were very fortunate to not go down when the ref missed a handball in the box but unlike the first leg the ref let things go and didn’t draw a lot of attention to himself. In the 58th minute Hull Keeper Boaz Myhill was called on to make his first save of the game and that was really one of Watfords only threats. The long ball Watford played all season wasn’t working and as they pushed up in an attempt to score Hull began to create chance after chance that finally payed off. In the 64th minute Folan came on for Dean Windass and in 6 minutes that substitution would play off when Folan headed in a goal that all but ended this tie. After that Hull attacked at will and in the 89th minute Garcia got in on the action scoring for Hull making it 5-1 aggregate. Watford had one last chance in the 82nd minute when Hull made a goal line clearance that saved a certain goal but in the 90th minute Doyle got his first senior goal for Hull that gave the Tigers a 4-1 victory on the day and 6-1 overall.
Watford just gave up after Hull went up 2-1 in the match and they were cut to pieces by Hull. Hull attacked at will creating chance after chance and 3 of them went in. Set pieces by both teams were not much better in the second half as well, an improvement is needed there. Hull had the killer instinct and put this tie away when they had the chance at home in front of a very partisan and boisterous crowd. Now they are heading to Wembley in the CCC Playoff Final against cinderella story Bristol City.