Friday May 20, 2011 Semifinal Finished Prostar Stadium

  1. Torquay, Stevenage in play-off final

    Torquay, Stevenage in play-off final

    Torquay United will face Stevenage Football Club in the League Two play-off final after both sides held on to 2-0 first-leg leads. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Shrewsbury Town
    • Torquay United
    • 90+3 There's the final whistle, Torquay are in the League Two play-off final.
    • 90+3 Bradshaw meets the corner with a header but well over.
    • 90+2 Wright sends in a free-kick from range and, yup, Branston meets it with a header, corner.
    • 90+1 TORQUAY SUB: Tomlin is replaced by Macklin.
    • 90' Three minutes added time.
    • 89' Looks like that was too little too late by Shrewsbury. It's goalless in the other game to - Accies down to nine men too so over and out for them.
    • 88' Torquay make a meal of clearing but eventually get the ball back with an offside.
    • 87' The ball drops to Roe some way out and it's a lovely strike that Bevan tips over! Corner. Best move of teh night.
    • 85' TORQUAY: The home fans boo as Robinson comes off for Rowe-Turner.
    • 84' Wright waits for everyone to get in there but the delivery is poor, Branston again heading away.
    • 83' Free-kick Shrewsbury on the left...
    • 82' Davis comes off ro Shrewsbury.
    • 81' TORQUAY SUB: Kee off for Oaster.
    • 81' SHREWSBURY SUB: Grandison replaced by Collins.
    • 80' Sadley lumps one in but Branston - who has been excellent - clears.
    • 79' Kee long for Tomlin, who is on his own now.
    • 78' Shrews are controlling the ball but not the game. Wright does do well to turn Mansell inside out but his cross is poor.
    • 76' Shrewsbury are running out of time but they are also running out of ideas - all very one-dimensional.
    • 74' Shrewsbury committing forward but Torquay are well organised at the back and will take the direct ball all day.
    • 72' Put into the box and Sharps gets a touch as it bobbles about but straight at the keeper again.
    • 71' Branston and Bradshaw collide, leaving the Shrews man on the floor. Branston led with the forearm, lucky not to walk to be honest.
    • 70' Long in for Tomlin but he leaves it for Robinson, who heads straight at Smith.
    • 69' Mazy run from Zebroski down the right but Sheriff does his job to knock it out for a throw.
    • 68' Roe over the ball... So is Davis, and Wright takes but straight into the wall. Now Brandison has a low pop but the keeper claims.
    • 67' Yes, Lathrope booked, cynical foul that. Free-kick on the edge of the D...
    • 66' Roe inside to Taylor, super run from Jon Taylor and he is taken down on the edge of the box, surely a card for Lathrope?
    • 65' Harrold pulls a defender's shirt, holding up his attempted attack.
    • 64' Branston lives. Shrewsbury make a sub - Bradshaw on fr Ainsworth.
    • 63' Super inswinging ball by Wright but this time Bevan's punch is an excellent one - although he almost kills Branston in the process.
    • 62' FACT (possibly) - we think that Bevan is the only player in the Football League who only has one kidney. Anyone know any better, please let us know.
    • 61' Cansdell-Sheriff pumps a high one in for Harrold but Bevan is easily big enough to take that this time.
    • 60' Dodgy from Bevan as he flaps at and punches a straight long ball away.
    • 59' Rowe does well to get there before Tomlin but his long ball is meat and drink to Branston.
    • 58' Harrold is fouled by Mansell, who is about half his size. Free-kick on the Shrews left.
    • 57' Great ball by Taylor but with Sharps set to head in Branston gets a flick and the ball spins away!
    • 56' I say that and then Ainsworth gets forward, winning a corner on the right.
    • 55' Very scrappy - Torquay totally dictating this match now, Shrewsbury barely leaving their half.
    • 54' Oooh. Eventually the free-kick is taken by Kee, it hits two defenders - including Sadler - but is deflected into Smith's arms.
    • 53' No second yellow. Indeed, the ref and Sharps have a word about his demands for a card, although it probably was a booking.
    • 52' Tomlin with some good skill but Sharps fouls. Zebroski demands a second yellow.
    • 50' Just wide from Tomlin to finish it off after he is sent through by O'Kane! He bends it bottom right but inches wide.
    • 49' Robinson down the other end cuts inside on to his right again but sends a weak effort straight at Smith.
    • 48' Davis, on loan from Wolves, has a pop from the edge of the D but sends it well wide.
    • 47' A speculative but non-too spectacular long-range effort from Ainsworth flies well over.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - In the other clash it's still goalless, with Stevenage leading Accrington 2-0 from the first leg, but there were seven minutes injury time due to various kicks in the head and mini-brawls. Follow that here!
    • 45+1 Half-time and it's goalless - Torquay, leading 2-0 on aggregate, probably shaded it.
    • 45' Taylor plays Ainsworth in down the right, he could have cut in to shoot but instead puls wide and, with Brandison waiting for the pull-back, he crosses aimlessly and easy to clear.
    • 44' Zebroski with a low shot that goes about half a yard wide but watched all the way by Smith.
    • 43' Lovely ball wide to Wright, he's in down the left and drills it in low AND AINSWORTH AND HARROLD FLY IN BUT BOTH MISS IT! The goal was gaping!
    • 42' Only two attempts on goal for Shrewsbury, both on target. Not good enough if you want to overhaul a 2-0 deficit.
    • 41' Sadler on the charge for the hosts but Robertson heads the cross clear.
    • 39' Torquay are struggling to get on the ball at the moment... they won't be too worried if it stays like this into the break though.
    • 38' Shrewsbury knocking the ball about nicely now, Wright crosses for Harrold but off the top of his head and not on target.
    • 36' Tomlin tries to keep it in down the right but fails. Throw to Shrews.
    • 35' Good defending from Branston to ease Harrold off the ball as he rose to meet a long ball.
    • 34' Branston fouls Harrold and is not booked, just a strong word from the ref.
    • 33' Ainsworth plays in Wright now. Shrews swarming forward but the ball is cleared, Taylor with a poor touch. Down the other end Zebroski is in AND HE SMACKS IT TOP LEFT BUT BEATEN OUT BY SMITH!
    • 32' Wright on the run down the Shrews left, he beats Mansell but runs it just out of play before the cross.
    • 31' A poor touch by Tomlin sees the ball spin behind after good work from Zebroski down the left.
    • 30' Finally a free-kick to Torquay on the left which, eventually, Shrewsbury clear.
    • 29' Well, Shane Candsell-Sheriff escapes censure for that, Tomlin instead booked for rushing over to react.
    • 28' Sheriff has a go at Robinson, who is still on the deck, I think he may have shoved him... Sharps booked for the initial challenge.
    • 27' Another break from Torquay as Robinson hares down the left, he's knocked down by Sharps I think and he stays down...
    • 26' Here come the visitors again, Robinson this time feeds Zebroski but he fouls Sharps.
    • 25' Again great play by Tomlin down the right, he skins the full-back and drills in a low ball AND ROBINSON SURELY but he misses it! He tried to use his stronger right again when it was begging for the left!
    • 24' This is a decent spell for the hosts as Grandison wins and takes a throw on the right. He gets it back but can't shake off Robertson and the cross is weak, easy for Bevan.
    • 23' Ainsworth fires straight at Bevan, who does well to see it as it flew threw Branston's legs.
    • 22' Zebroski chases a long ball but just too long for him and the keeper claims.
    • 21' All a bit scrappy now, which Torquay will be enjoying. The longer this goes on the better.
    • 20' Tomlin with some neat skill on the right but this tuime Shrews defend well and clear.
    • 19' Taylor takes a tumble on the box after the corner was cleared but nothing given.
    • 18' Not the best corner, easily cleared by Torquay. Shrews come again though and Ainsworth on the right wins another corner.
    • 17' What was actually a poor cross from Grandison almost swings in but Bevean tips it behind! Corner.
    • 16' Robinson again cuts in from the left, wants his right which allows the defender Grandison to block.
    • 15' Crossed in for Robinson but the keeper claims.
    • 14' Torquay attack and are happy to slow it down, Tomlin waiting for support knowing the angle is tight.
    • 13' Ainswoth gets his first real sight of goal but fires weakly at the keeper.
    • 12' Robinson gets a touch again as he turns into space. Not the most popular man here, Shrewsbury thought they'd go up immediately so didn't put a clause in to stop him playing against them.
    • 11' After a medium-rare opening it has cooled down a bit, which will suit Torquay.
    • 9' Taylor is involved in some afters after a challenge on Robinson. Much ado about nothing.
    • 8' Taylor down the right plays in a low ball but it hits a defender and spins into the keeper's arms.
    • 7' Tricky play from Wright to buy space for a shot after the visitors fail to clear, but he fires well over. I think that was a cross too but overhit.
    • 6' Free-kick to Shrews after Branston commits a foul, advantage initially played.
    • 5' Robinson breaks through down the left, he could be in here but great defending by Sharps to block at the death! Great counter from Torquay, but the forward Robinson cut back on to his right, allowing Sharps to recover.
    • 4' The ball almost falls for Harrold in the box but Torquay manage to clear.
    • 3' Zebroski with a good interception as Kee got in down the left.
    • 2' Unlike the other play-off semi at Accrington there is a smooth, crisp pitch at the Prostar. Shrewsbury knock it about nicely on it too, desperate for an early goal...
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 19:40 For Shrewsbury Sharps makes it but Raven does not - so it's the same back four as the first leg. The change is up front as Ainsworth comes in for Collins. For the visitors there is, as expected, no change from the first leg.
    • 19:35 Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)
    • 19:30 TEAMS - Shrewsbury: Smith, Grandison, Cansdell-Sherriff, Sharps, Sadler, Wright, Davies, Wroe, Jon Taylor, Harrold, Ainsworth; Subs: Chris Neal, Raven, McIntyre, Leslie, Collins, Goldson, Bradshaw /// Torquay: Bevan, Mansell, Branston, Robertson, Nicholson, Kee, Lathrope, O'Kane, Robinson, Tomlin, Zebroski; Subs: Potter, Rowe-Turner, Ellis, Macklin, Halpin, Oastler, Stevens
    • 19:25 For those following this via the multiplex/scorecentre, you can get full minute-by-minute commentary by clicking on the individual match links in the livebox or to the left of the highlights.
    • 19:20 For non-mobile users, you can keep up to date with pics from this match by clicking on the link below. Slideshow from tonight's game.
    • 19:15 Torquay should name an unchanged line-up from the team that won 2-0 in the first leg: Shrewsbury missed a trick by not inserting a clause into loanee Jake Robinson's deal - he scored then and should feature again.
    • 19:10 Shrews defenders Ian Sharps and David Raven are battling to be fit - we'll find out if they made it when the teams are announced.
    • 19:05 The winners of this tie face either Accrington or Stevenage in the final next week, with Stevenage also leading 2-0 from the first leg. That is taking place alongside this match, just to add to the Friday-night tension! Follow that game here!
    • 19:00 Follow LIVE comments of this League Two play-off semi-final second leg between Shrewsbury and Torquay, with the Gulls protecting a 2-0 lead from the first leg. Kick-off 7.45pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 87' The ball drops to Roe some way out and it's a lovely strike that Bevan tips over! Corner. Best move of teh night.
    • 50' Just wide from Tomlin to finish it off after he is sent through by O'Kane! He bends it bottom right but inches wide.
    • 43' Lovely ball wide to Wright, he's in down the left and drills it in low AND AINSWORTH AND HARROLD FLY IN BUT BOTH MISS IT! The goal was gaping!
    • 33' Ainsworth plays in Wright now. Shrews swarming forward but the ball is cleared, Taylor with a poor touch. Down the other end Zebroski is in AND HE SMACKS IT TOP LEFT BUT BEATEN OUT BY SMITH!
    • 25' Again great play by Tomlin down the right, he skins the full-back and drills in a low ball AND ROBINSON SURELY but he misses it! He tried to use his stronger right again when it was begging for the left!
    • 17' What was actually a poor cross from Grandison almost swings in but Bevean tips it behind! Corner.
    • 5' Robinson breaks through down the left, he could be in here but great defending by Sharps to block at the death! Great counter from Torquay, but the forward Robinson cut back on to his right, allowing Sharps to recover.
    • 19:30 TEAMS - Shrewsbury: Smith, Grandison, Cansdell-Sherriff, Sharps, Sadler, Wright, Davies, Wroe, Jon Taylor, Harrold, Ainsworth; Subs: Chris Neal, Raven, McIntyre, Leslie, Collins, Goldson, Bradshaw /// Torquay: Bevan, Mansell, Branston, Robertson, Nicholson, Kee, Lathrope, O'Kane, Robinson, Tomlin, Zebroski; Subs: Potter, Rowe-Turner, Ellis, Macklin, Halpin, Oastler, Stevens

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