League Two - 2nd Leg
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Southend United 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

Southend celebrate their third goal of the night
Southend's players collapse in relief after Michael Timlin's late goal ensured the Shrimpers will go to Wembley

Southend reached the League Two play-off final against Wycombe as extra-time goals from Stephen McLaughlin and Michael Timlin settled a dramatic tie.

Stevenage's Tom Pett put the visitors ahead from close range in the second half, before Ryan Leonard's powerful equaliser made it 2-2 on aggregate.

United striker Barry Corr missed a stoppage-time penalty to win the game at the end of normal time.

But McLaughlin's and Timlin's goals at Roots Hall sent Southend to Wembley.

With the tie level after a 1-1 draw at the Lamex Stadium on Sunday, the Shrimpers knew a home win would see them reach the play-off final at the third time of asking, after two semi-final defeats in the past four seasons.

The home side created the only real chances in a tense first half, with winger David Worrall forcing a good save out of goalkeeper Chris Day early on and Corr, who equalised for his side in Sunday's first leg, chipping the ball wide from close range.

Southend fans flooded onto the Roots Hall pitch in celebration following the final whistle
Southend fans flooded onto the Roots Hall pitch in celebration following the final whistle

A Ben Kennedy strike which hit the side-netting was the closest the visitors came to a goal before the break, but in the second half they came out with renewed vigour and were rewarded with the opening goal.

Dean Parrett, who opened the scoring in the first leg with a stunning curling effort, picked up midfielder Simon Walton's corner on the edge of the box and sent an effort towards goal, which took a big deflection and bounced to Pett, who finished from six yards out.

Southend pushed for an immediate reply and defender Cian Bolger's low shot was brilliantly kept out by Day, who then did even better to save Joe Pigott's drive - but there was nothing he could do about the equaliser.

Substitute McLaughlin's deep cross to the far post found Leonard and the Shrimpers player had enough time and space to fire a shot into the roof of the net and bring Roots Hall to life.

Deep into stoppage time, Leonard, under pressure from Parrett, went down in the box and referee Graham Scott awarded the penalty, only for top scorer Corr to chip the spot-kick onto the top of the bar, ensuring the game went into extra-time.

At that stage, Southend, who missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season, may have feared this was not to be their year.

The hosts went closest in the first half of extra-time, with Corr heading wide and then almost redeeming himself for his missed spot-kick with a powerful low strike that Day somehow managed to deflect past his near post.

But the breakthrough finally came for Southend when full-back John White's measured cross was met by substitute McLaughlin's crisp diving header.

Timlin - who played in a headguard after having 15 stitches in a head wound on Sunday - added a third goal late in the game.

Southend boss Phil Brown:

"For Michael Timlin to get that goal...dear me! It emphasised the commitment that was shown to try to win the game. We never do things easy at this place - it doesn't seem that way anyway.

"I have made some big decisions in my life football-wise and that's probably the biggest, Michael Timlin to play.

"On Sunday he went in for that horrific challenge and their captain's laid out. In the 90th minute here he went into another header with a skullcap on - it was just the bravest performance I've seen from an individual in my managerial time."

Stevenage boss Graham Westley:

"They'll take so much confidence from this and there's a real chance in that dressing room that they can have a good season next year.

"We will see where things go from here. I am the Stevenage manager up until the end of May.

"There's been no offer to me. The club is having a serious re-think about what it's going to do for the future so we'll see how that pans out."

Tom Pett
Substitute Tom Pett gave Stevenage the lead at Roots Hall
Barry Corr's late penalty miss sent the tie into extra-time
Barry Corr's late penalty miss sent the tie into extra-time
Stephen McLaughlin's header put Southend in front for the first time in the tie
Stephen McLaughlin's header put Southend in front for the first time in the tie
Michael Timlin played in a headguard after having 15 stitches in a head wound sustained during the first leg
Michael Timlin played in a headguard after having 15 stitches in a head wound sustained during the first leg

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 2White
  • 15Bolger
  • 26BarrettBooked at 104mins
  • 3CokerBooked at 90mins
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 63'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 8Timlin
  • 7WorrallSubstituted forDeeganat 113'minutes
  • 10Corr
  • 32PigottSubstituted forWestonat 105'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Prosser
  • 11Weston
  • 13Smith
  • 19Payne
  • 22Deegan
  • 24Cassidy
  • 25McLaughlin

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 6BondBooked at 58mins
  • 19Wells
  • 22LeeSubstituted forDeaconat 82'minutes
  • 23OkimoBooked at 70mins
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forPettat 41'minutes
  • 8WaltonBooked at 90mins
  • 18ParrettBooked at 90mins
  • 50MartinSubstituted forHenryat 69'minutes
  • 33KennedyBooked at 120mins
  • 20Beardsley

Substitutes

  • 5Ashton
  • 10Zola
  • 11Pett
  • 25Henry
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Deacon
  • 39Beasant
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
8,998

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home30
Away11
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 3, Stevenage 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Southend United 3, Stevenage 1.

Booking

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 3, Stevenage 1. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Myles Weston.

Attempt blocked. Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerome Okimo (Stevenage).

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Gary Deegan replaces David Worrall.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ben Coker.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Stevenage 1. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John White with a cross.

Offside, Southend United. Stephen McLaughlin tries a through ball, but Myles Weston is caught offside.

Offside, Southend United. Barry Corr tries a through ball, but Myles Weston is caught offside.

Second Half Extra Time begins Southend United 1, Stevenage 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Myles Weston replaces Joe Pigott.

First Half Extra Time ends, Southend United 1, Stevenage 1.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cian Bolger.

Attempt blocked. Cian Bolger (Southend United) header from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Andy Bond.

Booking

Adam Barrett (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Andy Bond.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Chris Day.

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Worrall.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Attempt blocked. David Worrall (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Barry Corr with a cross.

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton462810869393094
2Shrewsbury462781167313689
3Bury462671360402085
4Wycombe462315867452284
5Southend4624121054381684
6Stevenage462012146254872
7Plymouth4620111555371871
8Luton4619111654441068
9Newport461811175154-365
10Exeter461713166165-464
11Morecambe461712175352163
12Northampton46187216762561
13Oxford Utd461516155049161
14Dag & Red46178215859-159
15Wimbledon461416165460-658
16Portsmouth461415175254-257
17Accrington461511205877-1956
18York461119164651-552
19Cambridge461312216166-551
20Carlisle46148245674-1850
21Mansfield46139243862-2448
22Hartlepool46129253970-3145
23Cheltenham46914234067-2741
24Tranmere46912254567-2239
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