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Watch: How this year's Papa Johns Trophy Finalists reached Wembley!

1 April 2022

It's been no easy route to Wembley for our Papa Johns Trophy Finalists - Rotherham United and Sutton United - but here's how they reached this year's silverware showdown...

The Millers championed Northern Group E to make it through to the knock-out stages, seeing off local rivals Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe United and Manchester City Under-21s. The South Londoners, meanwhile, cruised through Southern Group B, making it three wins out of a possible three, seeing off Crystal Palace Under-21s, Portsmouth and AFC Wimbledon to advance.

Rotherham's Round Two tie with Port Vale was decided by spot-kicks after the Valiants snatched a late leveller, with Paul Warne's men beating the Burslem side 5-3 on penalties. Elsewhere, Matt Gray's side were forced to penalties by Stevenage, eventually overcoming their opposition 4-3 on spot-kicks.

Into the Round of 16 when the Millers faced Crewe Alexandra, running out 4-2 victors over the Alex in a six-goal thriller to lock down a place in the Quarter-Final, whilst the U's edged out Colchester United 2-1 at Gander Green Lane.

Cambridge United were the visitors to the AESSEAL New York Stadium as Rotherham emerged victorious 7-6 on penalties. And a slender 1-0 triumph over Harrogate Town saw Sutton through to the Semi-Final, putting the U's within touching distance of Wembley at the first time of asking.

Hartlepool United were no easy prey for the South Yorkshire outfit in the Semi-Final. The Millers came from behind twice against the Pools to force the tie to a penalty shoot-out, with Mickel Miller winning it 7-6 on spot-kicks for Rotherham.

The night before, Sutton triumphed 7-6 on penalties to reach the Papa Johns Trophy Final for the first time in the Club's history. Wigan Athletic stood in their way of a place at Wembley and, despite taking the lead in the first-half, it came down to a penalty shoot-out once again after the Latics restored parity at 1-1.

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