League Two - 2nd Leg
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Accrington Stanley 2-2 AFC Wimbledon (2-3 agg)

Bayo Akinfenwa
Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his seventh goal of the season to level the tie against Accrington

Lyle Taylor's extra-time goal booked AFC Wimbledon a spot in the League Two play-off final after a thrilling semi-final second leg at Accrington Stanley.

Having lost the first leg 1-0, Stanley levelled the tie through Josh Windass' penalty after Scott Brown was fouled.

Piero Mingoia's screamer then put the hosts ahead, before Adebayo Akinfenwa's header took the game into extra time.

And Taylor slotted in to make it 2-2 on the night and send the Dons through to the final against Plymouth on 30 May.

Taylor's 104th-minute finish came after Jake Reeves had been denied by goalkeeper Ross Etheridge and provided a dramatic conclusion to a topsy-turvy contest, which was even temporarily halted during extra time because of floodlight failure.

It was also cruel on Accrington, who were denied automatic promotion on the final day of the league season on goal difference and looked to be heading to Wembley after Mingoia's superb 30-yard strike put them 2-1 ahead on aggregate.

Are Wimbledon on their way back up?

Floodlight failure
The game was halted for 10 minutes after two sets of floodlights at the Wham Stadium failed

The Dons, appearing in the Football League play-offs for the first time since the phoenix club's formation in 2002, now also face their first competitive trip to the national stadium since Wimbledon's famous FA Cup win over Liverpool in 1988.

Manager Neal Ardley, who made over 300 appearances for the old Wimbledon FC, will lead them out at Wembley as the ninth-longest serving manager in the top four tiers of English football.

The 43-year-old guided the Dons to six victories from their eight final league fixtures to secure a seventh-placed finish in the table - and they are now just 90 minutes away from reaching the third tier for the first time.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2PearsonSubstituted forHallidayat 99'minutes
  • 5DaviesBooked at 119mins
  • 24Hughes
  • 22Buxton
  • 7MingoiaSubstituted forGornellat 105'minutes
  • 28Conneely
  • 18Brown
  • 17McCartanSubstituted forBocoat 90+5'minutes
  • 8WindassBooked at 103mins
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 3Winnard
  • 9Little
  • 10Gornell
  • 26Boco
  • 30Fosu-Henry
  • 33Mooney
  • 34Halliday

Wimbledon

  • 29Roos
  • 2FullerBooked at 92mins
  • 6Robinson
  • 32CharlesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Kennedy
  • 8Reeves
  • 11RiggSubstituted forAzeezat 65'minutes
  • 4Bulman
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forBeereat 99'minutes
  • 9ElliottSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 45'minutesBooked at 105mins
  • 33Taylor

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 10Akinfenwa
  • 14Azeez
  • 16Beere
  • 19Fitzpatrick
  • 20Sweeney
  • 39Murphy
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
4,634

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home21
Away22
Shots on Target
Home9
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, AFC Wimbledon 2.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Accrington Stanley 2, AFC Wimbledon 2.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Seamus Conneely.

Attempt missed. Callum Kennedy (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Tom Davies (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Davies (Accrington Stanley).

Tom Beere (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Reeves.

Brad Halliday (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

Brad Halliday (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Beere (AFC Wimbledon).

Delay in match (Accrington Stanley).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Windass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Callum Kennedy.

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romuald Boco.

Attempt saved. Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Kee.

Second Half Extra Time begins Accrington Stanley 2, AFC Wimbledon 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Terry Gornell replaces Piero Mingoia.

First Half Extra Time ends, Accrington Stanley 2, AFC Wimbledon 2.

Booking

Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

Tom Davies (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

Offside, Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingoia tries a through ball, but Romuald Boco is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, AFC Wimbledon 2. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley).

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Windass.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Brad Halliday replaces Matty Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Tom Beere replaces Andy Barcham.

Offside, AFC Wimbledon. Andy Barcham tries a through ball, but Lyle Taylor is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Kee.

Attempt blocked. Adebayo Azeez (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adebayo Akinfenwa with a headed pass.

Offside, AFC Wimbledon. Kelle Roos tries a through ball, but Adebayo Akinfenwa is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton462912582463699
2Oxford Utd462414884414386
3Bristol Rovers462671377463185
4Accrington462413974482685
5Plymouth462491372462681
6Portsmouth4621151075443178
7Wimbledon4621121364501475
8Leyton Orient461912156061-169
9Cambridge4618141466551168
10Carlisle461716136762567
11Luton46199186361266
12Mansfield461713166153864
13Wycombe461713164544164
14Exeter461713166365-264
15Barnet461711186768-162
16Hartlepool46156254972-2351
17Notts County46149235483-2951
18Stevenage461115205267-1548
19Yeovil461115204359-1648
20Crawley46138254578-3347
21Morecambe461210246991-2246
22Newport461013234364-2143
23Dag & Red46810284681-3534
24York46713265187-3634
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