League Two - 2nd Leg
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Fleetwood Town 0-0 York City (1-0 agg)

Fleetwood fans celebrate at the final whistle during the Sky Bet League Two play off Semi Final second leg match between Fleetwood Town and York City

Fleetwood reached the League Two play-off final, beating York 1-0 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw at Highbury.

Home goalkeeper Chris Maxwell denied Michael Coulson and Keith Lowe as the visitors looked to overturn their first-leg deficit.

At the other end, Nick Pope saved brilliantly from Antoni Sarcevic to keep York in the tie.

But the Minstermen could not force it into extra-time and Fleetwood will face either Southend or Burton on 26 May.

Victory at Wembley will see the Cod Army achieve a sixth promotion in 10 seasons and go into the third tier of English football for the first time in their history.

York had gone 17 games unbeaten heading into the play-offs but their defeat at Bootham Crescent on Monday, inflicted upon them by former York winger Matty Blair, ended their hopes of a second promotion in three years.

And while Nigel Worthington's men failed to test Maxwell as often as they would have anticipated in a feisty second leg, they threatened enough make it a nervous 90 minutes for a sell-out crowd of 5,194, before the home supporters could celebrate a trip to Wembley.

Both sides failed to direct any of their early chances on target, with Josh Morris and Iain Hume firing over for Fleetwood, while skipper Russ Penn did likewise for the visitors.

Maxwell was called upon twice to preserve Fleetwood's one-goal lead in the tie - first stopping Coulson's powerful effort from 12 yards and then flying to his right to keep out Lowe's looping header.

The home side struggled to impose themselves on the game during the first 45 minutes, but almost took the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first period when Mark Roberts met Steven Schumacher's driven free-kick, but his header drifted wide.

Will Hayhurst's driven cross evaded the onrushing Adam Reed as York looked to step up the pace after the break.

As the game began to open up, Fleetwood finally found some fluidity and after Pope's excellent save from Sarcevic, Nathan Pond headed over from the resulting corner.

Left-back Charlie Taylor drilled wide in the dying minutes as the hosts looked to close out the match, while a curling effort from substitute Ryan Jarvis, calmly claimed by Maxwell, was as close as the visitors came to forcing an extra 30 minutes.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Getting to Wembley is the next step we wanted to take. It's not the target, but it's the next step to our target, and we're really pleased to get there.

"We made it hard for ourselves and York made it difficult. It was a proper play-off game.

"When it came down to the crunch, the defenders and the goalkeeper were fantastic over the two legs and especially tonight. It was one for men and that's what we saw."

York manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

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Post-match: York boss Worthington

"I thought it was a tremendous effort from start to finish. We had energy, commitment and never stopped. That's the type of group we've got.

"As the manager of the football club, I'm very proud of them.

"There were many half-chances tonight when the ball was in and around the box and it's got to fall to you. Sometimes you've got to make that happen.

"Fleetwood are a good side and we wish them well in the final."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 28Maxwell
  • 15McLaughlinBooked at 20mins
  • 20Taylor
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forGoodallat 75'minutes
  • 6Pond
  • 5RobertsBooked at 28mins
  • 17Blair
  • 18SarcevicBooked at 34minsSubstituted forCresswellat 83'minutes
  • 36HumeSubstituted forParkinat 64'minutes
  • 23Ball
  • 24Morris

Substitutes

  • 4Murdoch
  • 7Evans
  • 9Parkin
  • 13Goodall
  • 16Cresswell
  • 25Jordan
  • 33Lucas

York

  • 31Pope
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 3Davies
  • 10Penn
  • 15Lowe
  • 16McCombe
  • 7Coulson
  • 37ReedSubstituted forMontroseat 84'minutes
  • 8Andrew
  • 19BowmanSubstituted forJarvisat 69'minutes
  • 26HayhurstBooked at 66minsSubstituted forAllanat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McGurk
  • 11Jarvis
  • 14Montrose
  • 18Platt
  • 20Allan
  • 24Ingham
  • 28Puri
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
5,194

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamYork
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 0, York City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, York City 0.

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon Parkin with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Ryan Jarvis (York City) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John McCombe.

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Maxwell.

Corner, York City. Conceded by Alan Goodall.

Attempt blocked. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Jarvis.

Substitution

Substitution, York City. Tom Allan replaces William Hayhurst.

Ben Davies (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jon Parkin.

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, York City. Lewis Montrose replaces Adam Reed.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ryan Cresswell replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

Attempt blocked. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Russell Penn.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Alan Goodall replaces Steven Schumacher.

Attempt blocked. Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town).

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Morris with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Nick Pope.

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Schumacher.

Substitution

Substitution, York City. Ryan Jarvis replaces Ryan Bowman.

Attempt blocked. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Morris.

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

William Hayhurst (York City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Hayhurst (York City).

Corner, York City. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Iain Hume.

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antoni Sarcevic.

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield462315871403184
2Scunthorpe462021568442481
3Rochdale462491369482181
4Fleetwood4622101466521476
5Southend4619151256391772
6Burton461915124742572
7York4618171152411171
8Oxford Utd461614165350362
9Dag & Red461515165359-660
10Plymouth461612185158-760
11Mansfield461515164958-960
12Bury461320135951859
13Portsmouth461417155666-1059
14Newport461416165659-358
15Accrington461415175456-257
16Exeter461413195457-355
17Cheltenham461316175363-1055
18Morecambe461315185264-1254
19Hartlepool461411215056-653
20Wimbledon461414184957-853
21Northampton461314194257-1553
22Wycombe461214204654-850
23Bristol Rovers461214204354-1150
24Torquay46129254266-2445
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