Jamie Murphy restored a little pride for Sheffield United with a 90th-minute strike - but it was not enough to rescue their FA Cup dreams, as they lost 5-3 in a thrilling semi-final against Hull City at Wembley.
Murphy reacted first to a deflected cross in the Hull area, and volleyed home.
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With three minutes then added on, United threw everything at their Premier League opponents but could not produce one last moment of magic.
And with United committing bodies forward, Hull broke and David Meyler put the result beyond doubt with City’s fifth.
Quinn headed home from close range to put the Tigers out of sight against Nigel Clough’s League One battlers, in front of over 71,000 fans at Wembley.
Earlier, two goals in the first ten minutes of the second half has turned this FA Cup semi-final in favour of City.
United, leading 2-1 at half time, were pegged back after just three minutes when Matty Fryatt, the former Wednesday loanee, dragged Hull level.
And minutes later, they were ahead when Tom Huddlestone’s cool finish gave Mark Howard no chance.
United led at half time thanks to Stefan Scougall’s sweet left footed finish, which came just 90 seconds after Yannick Sagbo’s goal had cancelled out Jose Baxter’s early opener.
Scougall swept home Jamie Murphy’s left-footed cross.
United had led earlier in the 19th minute, when Jose Baxter diverted home John Brayford’s cross at the Hull end of Wembley to send 33,000 travelling Unitedites wild.
But Hull got back on level terms just three minutes before half time, when Sagbo finished well into the roof of Mark Howard’s goal.
United, the League One side, actually looked the more composed of the two sides during the game’s opening exchanges, with the imposing Yannick Sagbo posing the biggest threat for Steve Bruce’s Premier League side.
City, and Tom Huddlestone in particular, looked neat and tidy with their passing but Mark Howard’s only save of the opening 25 minutes was from a speculative 30-yard effort from Amhed Elmohamady.
Baxter was one of the few United players not rested for Tuesday evening’s victory over Rotherham United.
Mark Howard, John Brayford and Neill Collins all returned in defence, while Ryan Flynn, Conor Coady, Jamie Murphy and Stefan Scougall all featured on Nigel Clough’s team-sheet.
“For a League One club to make it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup,” Clough said in his programme notes, “makes us all very proud.
“Some people have suggested that Wembley should be saved for the final, but for my players to get the chance to play at Wembley is unbelievable.”
United’s opponents, Hull City, are without cup-tied strike duo, Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. Former Bramall Lane hero Stephen Quinn was on the bench.