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Craig Cathcart says it's an 'unbelievable feeling' as FA Cup childhood dream becomes a reality


Craig Cathcart
Craig Cathcart
Wembley winner: Gerard Deulofeu celebrates his second goal
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Craig Cathcart has said playing in an FA Cup final will be a boyhood dream come true.

The Northern Ireland defender was part of the Watford side who came from 2-0 down against Wolves to win a semi-final classic yesterday.

They will play Manchester City back at Wembley on May 18.

Cathcart said: "It's an unbelievable feeling. It's a day out that I'm sure everyone involved with the club will enjoy.

"It's one of those things you want to do as a young kid. You want to play in finals.

"It's a great achievement by the lads."

Watford were 2-0 down going into the last 11 minutes.

Wolves looked on course for the final after Matt Doherty's first-half header and Raul Jimenez's superb control and volley.

But the introduction of Gerard Deulofeu sparked a stunning Hornets comeback.

The Spaniard made it 2-1 with an exquisite curling shot out of nothing, before Troy Deeney levelled with an injury-time penalty.

In extra time, Deulofeu made it 3-2 to send Watford to their first final since 1984.

Cathcart - who lost a 2016 semi-final - admitted he thought their chance had gone again.

"It was disappointing to go behind because I thought we were doing okay in the game," he added.

"We created a couple of good chances in the first half. Maybe we were unfortunate not to go ahead.

"Their goal was a bit of a sucker-punch, it took the wind out of our sails a little bit.

"We tried to come out in the second half and perform well again. Then the second goal came.

"We knew it was going to be difficult but I think we showed great character, with them scoring the second goal.

"Once we got a goal back, I think we had them on the back foot, and you saw what happened at the end of the game."

WATFORD: Gomes, Femenia (Janmaat, 108 mins), Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas (Masina, 98 mins), Hughes (Deulofeu, 66 mins (Sema, 112 mins)), Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra, Gray, Deeney. Unused subs: Quina, Foster, Kabasele.

WOLVES: Ruddy, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves (Bennett, 86 mins), Joao Moutinho (Traore, 102 mins), Jonny (Vinagre, 106 mins), Jimenez, Jota (Ivan Cavaleiro, 89 mins). Unused subs: Helder Costa, Gibbs-White, Ruben Norris.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Man of the match: Gerard Deulofeu

Match rating: 9/10

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