Friday May 20, 2011 Semifinal Finished Interlink Express Stadium

  1. League Two play-off semi-finals: LIVE

    League Two play-off semi-finals: LIVE

    Follow the second legs of both League Two play-off semi-finals, with Stevenage and Torquay protecting 2-0 leads at Accrington and Shrewsbury More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Accrington Stanley
    • Stevenage Football Club
    • 90+4 The final whistle goes. Stevenage are going to Old Trafford!
    • 90+3' Fair play to the Accrington fans, they're still singing their hearts out.
    • 90+2' Four minutes were added on, by the way.
    • 90+1' Wilson is replaced by Winn.
    • 89' GOAL! Stevenage crown their triumph as Chris Beardsley controls a lofted ball forward before firing home.
    • 88' Torquay have booked their place in the final and only a madman would bet against Stevenage joining them at Old Trafford.
    • 83' What a miss. Long blazes over an open goal after Cisak fumbles a through ball. All Long had to do was tap it into the empty net.
    • 82' Day tips a header Edwards round the post.
    • 77' Beardsley is on for Charles.
    • 73' Ryan is booked for flying in on Henry.
    • 71' So Stanley are down to nine men and surely their dream is over? What a crazy couple of minutes.
    • 69' Oh my gosh! McConville has been sent off as well in the aftermath after grabbing Long round the face.
    • 69' Jacobson is shown a straight red card after a late lunge on Wilson. It was a dangerous tackle and Stanley's task is even harder now.
    • 68' Murphy shoots at the second attempt and it's well saved by Cisak.
    • 65' Good ball in by Long but Harrison heads wide. Wilson was steaming in behind him and might have been better placed.
    • 64' The ball breaks to Charles on the edge of the box. He tries to curl it home with his left foot but it drops just wide. It looked like it was in.
    • 62' Craney makes way for Turner.
    • 60' McConville shoots from distance but his effort is well wide.
    • 58' Replays show McConville used his arm to direct the ball towards the goal. Still, a super save by Day.
    • 58' Great reaction save by Day denies McConville's diving header after a lovely cross in by Ryan. Best move of the game so far nearly results in a goal.
    • 55' Wilson pulls the ball back to Charles from the byline but the striker elects to take a touch instead of shooting first time and the danger is cleared.
    • 52' Gornell is caught offside.
    • 51' Bit more urgency about Accrington in this second half.
    • 49' Ryan whips in a good cross but no-one can get on the end of it.
    • 46' The second period gets under way.
    • 46' Reid is replaced by Harrison for the start of the second half.
    • 45+7' There goes the whistle for the end of a scrappy and pretty non-eventful first half. It's Stevenage who will be very happy with proceedings so far.
    • 45+2' It's all kicked off here after Charles catches McConville with a late tackle. It's a yellow card for Charles.
    • 45' Seven added minutes due to the series of injuries.
    • 43' Roberts has a go from distance with a half-volley but it goes a good few yards wide of Cisak's far post.
    • 42' Both sides are having to play long balls in order to bypass the middle of the pitch. It doesn't make for the most attractive match.
    • 41' Long shows some great footwork in the box but he slices his left-footed effort wide. Best chance of the game so far.
    • 40' Edwards is booked for too much chat to the referee. That's his 13th yellow card of the season.
    • 38' Not the best header back by Laird and Gornell almost nips in but Day comes out bravely to save, getting a painful whack on the elbow in the process.
    • 36' First yellow card of the evening. Murphy is booked for pulling back Joyce. Murphy had lost the ball on the bobbly surface.
    • 34' Good strength by Charles sees him win a corner for the away side.
    • 31' This is the point where I say 'if ever a game needed a goal' - very little happening with both keepers virtual spectators.
    • 24' Good run by Craney sees him skip past a couple of Stevenage players, but he drags his shot wide of the far post from 20 yards.
    • 21' Accidental kick in the head for Bostwick by Jacobson as the ball bounced around in the area.
    • 17' Hessey takes it but it's blocked. Cries of handball by the Stanley players but nothing is given.
    • 17' Free-kick to Accrington in a dangerous place after Roberts brings down McConville just outside the box.
    • 14' Reid now off with a cut head. He's been in the wars already tonight.
    • 13' Well-worked corner by the hosts sees a Ryan shot blocked by the back of Bostwick.
    • 10' Reid with a late challenge of Edwards. The Stanley players are furious but replays show there wasn't much contact.
    • 8' Accrington corner is only half-cleared. It falls to Ryan, who lets fly only to pull his shot wide from the edge of the box.
    • 6' The ball is bobbling around all over the shop in the middle of the park due to the trough-like markings.
    • 4' Problem for Stevenage already with Craig Reid struggling with an injury.
    • 3' Stevenage: Day, Henry, Roberts, Bostwick, Laird, Wilson, Murphy, Byrom, Long, Charles, Reid. Subs: Welch, Marjarson, Winn, Beardsley, Harrison, Maamria.
    • 3' Accrington Stanley: Cisak, Winnard, Edwards, Hessey, Jacobson, Procter, Joyce, Ryan, Brady, McConville, Gornell. Subs: Dunbavin, Long, Lindfield, Putterill, Richardson, Turner, Barnett.
    • 1' Stevenage get things under way.
    • 19:44 If these League Two second legs are anything like the ones we saw in the Championship and League One, then we're in for a real treat.
    • 19:42 Out come the two teams. The home fans are in good voice.
    • 19:35 The pitch doesn't look too clever due to a problem with the drainage system. Might not suit Accrington's passing game.
    • 19:33 Kick-off isn't too far away now and the ground is filling up nicely.
    • 19:09 Darius Charles hit the post with a 30-yard volley before heading into the path of Joel Byrom, who poked in the second on the stroke of half-time.
    • 19:08 Stacy Long fired Stevenage in front from 15 yards with the aid of a deflection off Sean Hessey.
    • 19:08 Stevenage took a major step towards the final with a comfortable victory over Accrington on Sunday.
    • 19:07 Coleman: "Stats and history from the turn of the year for us at home will indicate that we've got a very, very good chance of winning the game."
    • 19:07 "I just can't believe the fans will see another Accrington side like they did on Sunday," Coleman said. "Whenever we've played badly we've always bounced back."
    • 19:07 Despite trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Accrington manager John Coleman remains confident his side are capable of progressing to the League Two play-off final at Old Trafford.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Stevenage crown their triumph as Chris Beardsley controls a lofted ball forward before firing home.
    • 83' What a miss. Long blazes over an open goal after Cisak fumbles a through ball. All Long had to do was tap it into the empty net.
    • 69' Oh my gosh! McConville has been sent off as well in the aftermath after grabbing Long round the face.
    • 69' Jacobson is shown a straight red card after a late lunge on Wilson. It was a dangerous tackle and Stanley's task is even harder now.
    • 64' The ball breaks to Charles on the edge of the box. He tries to curl it home with his left foot but it drops just wide. It looked like it was in.
    • 58' Great reaction save by Day denies McConville's diving header after a lovely cross in by Ryan. Best move of the game so far nearly results in a goal.
    • 55' Wilson pulls the ball back to Charles from the byline but the striker elects to take a touch instead of shooting first time and the danger is cleared.
    • 45' Seven added minutes due to the series of injuries.
    • 41' Long shows some great footwork in the box but he slices his left-footed effort wide. Best chance of the game so far.
    • 38' Not the best header back by Laird and Gornell almost nips in but Day comes out bravely to save, getting a painful whack on the elbow in the process.
    • 31' This is the point where I say 'if ever a game needed a goal' - very little happening with both keepers virtual spectators.
    • 24' Good run by Craney sees him skip past a couple of Stevenage players, but he drags his shot wide of the far post from 20 yards.
    • 13' Well-worked corner by the hosts sees a Ryan shot blocked by the back of Bostwick.
    • 3' Stevenage: Day, Henry, Roberts, Bostwick, Laird, Wilson, Murphy, Byrom, Long, Charles, Reid. Subs: Welch, Marjarson, Winn, Beardsley, Harrison, Maamria.
    • 3' Accrington Stanley: Cisak, Winnard, Edwards, Hessey, Jacobson, Procter, Joyce, Ryan, Brady, McConville, Gornell. Subs: Dunbavin, Long, Lindfield, Putterill, Richardson, Turner, Barnett.

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