Salford City

Just over twelve months ago, Salford City set up a date at Wembley Stadium for the first time in their history after beating Eastleigh in the Vanarama National League Play-Off Semi-Final.

The game has since proved pivotal in the club’s rise up the football pyramid with the Ammies overcoming AFC Fylde in the final less than a week later to earn promotion to the Football League for the first time ever.

Graham Alexander’s side now occupy tenth spot in Sky Bet League Two after 37 games of their inaugural Football League campaign, with the season currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game that took place on Sunday, May 5, 2019, was played out in front of a packed house at the Peninsula Stadium.

The majority of the 2,963 fans were on their feet two minutes before half-time as Salford City defender Carl Piergianni headed the hosts in front.

Having gone into half-time ahead, the Ammies were pegged back shortly after the restart as Paul McCallum found the net for the visitors on 57 minutes.

With neither side able to find the all-important winner across the 90 minutes and extra time, the game went to penalties to decide who would advance to the showpiece occasion under the Wembley Arch.

After Liam Hogan, Danny Whitehead, Devonte Redmond and Ibou Touray all found the net for Salford with their spot-kicks, Chris Zebroski stepped up and needed to score to keep the visitors in the tie.

His penalty was tipped on to the left-hand post by Ammies goalkeeper Chris Neal, who became an instant hero and sparked wild scenes on and off the pitch as Salford secured a place at Wembley Stadium for the first time in their history.

Relive the match one year on by watching the highlights from the game below!

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