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MetiNews.Com - For a moment, Salford fans believed their side could be bringing home the trophy after 51 years since their last Wembley visit
Breaking News ! Salford Red Devils fans had their dreams dashed in the dying minutes of the Challenge Cup today. After 51 years since their last trip to Wembley, the Salford team were 'pipped to the post' by the Leeds Rhinos by a drop goal - making the final scores on the board 17-16. But the match will not go down in history for being behind closed doors alone. No, this match was among the most exciting finals in recent times as Salford put up an enthralling fight against Leeds, the odds on favourites to win. The fans could not be more proud of the valiant effort from Salford players (Image: Getty Images) As Salford claimed points, fans started getting hopeful. "This literally means everything. Obviously I'm not old enough to go back 51 years but this is special even for me!" said 23-year-old fan Connor Pearson, who has been behind the Red Devils 'since he can remember'. "So gutted we cant be there but whatever happens everyone from Salford will stupidly proud of the lads! Come on Salford!" Read More Related Articles Salford Red Devils fans not allowed to watch Challenge Cup final at AJ Bell Stadium Read More Related Articles Unlucky Salford Red Devils as Leeds Rhinos take Challenge Cup with drop goal in dying minutes Supporter Tony Hulme was there in 1969, when Salford Red Devils last made it to Wembley. He said: "It means a lot for Salford. "I was at Wembley in 1969, this time would make up for that. "Salford are ahead at moment if they win that would be good news indeed." But despite a huge run from Rhys Williams, who raced the length of the field to deliver a try, Leeds raised the trophy in the end. In the end, it was the Leeds side that lifted the Challenge Cup (Image: Getty Images) Though lifelong supporters have been left heartbroken, they are applauding their team in the wake of a noble fight and say this is a sign of how far the team have really come. "So proud of the lads, they worked so hard," spectator since the mid-90s, Ian Cummings, told the Manchester Evening News. "I really thought after last year's defeat at the Grand Final we would cross the finish line and bring the silverware home.
. "It is testament to Ian Watson and the players, not forgetting the coaching staff!"
Ian Blease and Ian Watson have been integral to Salford's success in recent times
(Image: Steve McCormick/Salford Red Devils)
Tony Hulme added: "They did us proud, just pipped at post." But the fans are taking away lessons from today's game that they hope will improve the Red Devils' strategy in the future. Tony said: "They played very well indeed. Their tackling needs a bit of work, but overall a good performance all round. "Next season I hope they will make a good start to the season. I think they will grow on this and come back stronger."
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Younger fan Connor said: "It was a great first half, I was very happy with it. They were tired out in the second half and just ran out of juice, sadly! "We need to bounce back and just strive for silverware! We deserve to be there." "After watching Salford for years and seeing us recently, I still feel we need to learn to play 'smarter' and it's these little things in tight games like today that make all the difference," said Ian Cummings, 50.
Ultimately, the fans' pride in their team and their city is shining through in the wake of a historic game for the Red Devils. He added: "It would of been great for the city of Salford, especially the year we've had after 51 years of waiting for us to be at Wembley. They have a hardcore set of fans who are so passionate - not just for their team, but for their City of Salford. "We go home and away with what we call our rugby family and we are just that! An amazing group of people, and amazing set of fans following an amazing sport."
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