Carlisle's Peter Murphy was left to reflect on the best couple of days of his life after burying his Wembley demons in front of his new-born son.
Murphy, who gave away a penalty as the Cumbrians were thumped 4-1 by Southampton in last year's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, atoned in style with the only goal to beat Brentford in this season's showpiece. The long-serving defender made the 300-mile journey south on Friday afternoon, just hours after his girlfriend Lisa had given birth.
"The ball just came to me nicely. I tried my luck and it went in," he said. "It was nice to redeem a little bit of the demons from last year. You couldn't have written the script better than that. It's been the most amazing few days and to score the winning goal at Wembley is the icing on the cake."
Amazingly, the two-day-old boy was in the crowd as his proud dad endulged in the 'baby-rocking' celebration after his crisp 12th-minute strike settled the match.
The happy couple have yet to choose a name, although Murphy was quick to rule out 'Johnstone'.
"It's been the best two days of my life," Murphy added. "It's very nice to have Lisa and my baby here to watch as I didn't get much time with them on Friday. It's been a tiring few days for me, I managed to get a few hours of rest in the team hotel and this makes it all worthwhile."
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott revealed Murphy's participation was never in doubt.
"He was always going to play," he said. "His girlfriend was going to come to the game and if she'd gone into labour they were going to whisk her off to hospital and she'd have the baby in London - then he'd have been a cockney!"
Brentford hit a post in the second half through Jeffrey Schlupp but manager Nicky Forster admitted his team were second best.
"It took a while for them to get used to the occasion," he admitted.
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