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Summary

  1. Wycombe and Southend into League Two play-off final on 23 May
  2. Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth, 5-3 on aggregate
  3. Hayes and Mawson for Wycombe, Brunt for Plymouth
  4. Southend 3-1 Stevenage, 4-2 on aggregate
  5. McLaughlin and Timlin score in extra-time for Shrimpers

Live Reporting

By Phil Harlow and Steve Marshall

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's just about it from us this evening. And what an evening it's been.

Congratulations to Southend and Wycombe. Good luck in League Two to Stevenage and Plymouth next season.

Until tomorrow evening, goodbye

Corr blimey. Southend win thriller

Southend celebrations
Tom Garry

And Wycombe will be joined at Wembley by Southend United who overcame Stevenage after a thrilling evening at Roots Hall.

After Ryan Leonard had cancelled out Tom Pett's opener for Boro, Shrimpers striker Barry Corr hit the bar with a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

But Southend showed great character to win it in extra-time through Stephen McLaughlin and Michael Timlin.

Tom Garry was at Roots Hall to report on tonight's drama.

Wycombe book Wembley spot

Wycombe celebrations
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Wycombe Wanderers were the first team to secure their place in the League Two play-off final as they beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 at Adams Park to go through 5-3 on aggregate.

Leading 3-2 from the first leg, Paul Hayes and Alfie Mawson put them in control.

Ryan Brunt pulled one back for the Pilgrims, but Wycombe held on. If you want a re-run of the action, take a read of

Phil Shepka's report.

Still to come...

The road to Wembley in the Football League play-offs doesn't end tonight - who will play in the Championship final on 26 May is still to be decided.

We'll have live text commentary of Middlesbrough v Brentford tomorrow evening and Saturday lunchtime's Old Farm derby between Norwich and Ipswich at Carrow Road.

But let's just look back on this evening's action.

FT: Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

Southend midfielder Michael Timlin told Sky Sports:

"We had so many chances it was one of those days when we didn't think we were going to get it.

"Credit to Stevenage, they battled really well. I think we deserved it and we showed the character that we have got.

"I was annoyed when I had to come off in the first leg but I was always going to make sure I was ready for this.

"It was a bigger game than me and I wouldn't have played if I didn't think I was 100%."

FT: Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

Southend defender Ben Coker told Sky Sports:

"It was a bit crazy. I am just delighted it didn't have to go to penalties. It was a fantastic effort from everyone.

"I'm so happy we are going to Wembley. I thought we played the best stuff and we had a lot of chances.

It's a brilliant feeling but we have to go again at Wembley,"

Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Roots Hall

"Wow. Roots Hall is absolutely bouncing. Relief, hope and joy is on the face of every Seasiders fans."

FULL-TIME

Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

Graham Scott puts his whistle to his lips and Southend United will play Wycombe in the League Two play-off final.

Hundreds of jubilant Shrimpers fans flood on to the Roots Hall pitch. It's a joyous scene.

GOAL Michael Timlin (120 + 2 mins)

Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

Southend are going to Wembley! After having 15 stitches in his head on Sunday, it's scarcely believable that Michael Timlin is on the pitch. But he is - and he curls in a brilliant third from the edge of the box. This one is all over.

Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

Stevenage are throwing everything at Southend now but every time a cross or shot comes in, it's a Shrimpers head or leg that blocks it. Phil Brown's men are almost there.

Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

Jerome Okimo clatters into Ryan Leonard inside the Southend box as they compete for a cross. Leonard may take his time getting up from that.

FT: Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

Wycombe goalscorer Paul Hayes tells Sky Sports:

"The main thing is the boys all did the job tonight and it's just great that we're going through.

"I got a black eye in the first leg but I wouldn't have missed this for the world.

"Now we're in the final obviously we want to finish it off. Whoever we get we fancy our chances and it's going to be a good day."

Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

Five minutes left. Can Stevenage find a way back into the contest. They're piling forward since going behind.

SUBSTITUTION

Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

Southend boss Phil Brown makes his final change to try to shore things up as the more defensively-minded Gary Deegan replaces David Worrall.

FT: Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth tells Sky Sports:

"They were outstanding: every single player put in a shift. They deserve this trip to Wembley. After everything last week and again tonight, it must have been great for a neutral - but I'm not a neutral!

"Wembley or not, I'm so proud of that bunch of boys - what we've achieved is above what anyone would have thought we could do.

"It was fantastic to stay in the league last year and we've just kicked on this year, Some of the team spirit and characters we have here are amazing - it's one of the best dressing rooms I've known in 25 years in football."

CLOSE!

Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

That was almost game, set and match for Southend. Myles Weston latches on to a ball over the top but, as Chris Day comes to meet him, can only poke his shot wide.

GOAL Stephen McLaughlin (108 mins)

Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

Finally, finally Southend have their breakthrough! Full-back John White whips in a delicious cross and Stephen McLaughlin buries a diving header past Chris Day from six yards.

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Roots Hall

"Determined not to rue that missed penalty, Southend have picked themselves up and are really going for it so far in extra-time. But there are some tired legs out there though. Everyone is nervous and the tension is just growing and growing.

"Heart rates at are at dangerously high levels - and that's just in the press box!

"Isn't football just wonderful?"

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

We're under way once more. Southend boss Phil Brown has brought on Myles Weston for Joe Pigott.

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Adrian Clarke

Ex-Southend midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"You start to wonder whether this is going to be Southend's night. You start to wonder if their finishing is going to cost them."

HALF-TIME

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Half-time in extra-time. Southend will be wondering how they are not in front.

GREAT SAVE!

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Chris Day will be 40 soon, but the Stevenage keeper is keeping his side in this, saving from both Barry Corr and David Worrall in quick succession.

The Shrimpers have also seen defender Adam Barrett go in the book.

CLOSE!

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Is this not going to be Southend's night? Barry Corr can't buy a break at the moment as Day denies him, and from the resulting corner Ryan Leonard's shot hits defender Andrew Bond and flies narrowly wide.

GREAT SAVE!

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Stephen McLaughlin has to score surely?! Stevenage's Ronnie Henry gifts Barry Corr possession deep into the Boro half. He plays McLaughlin through on goal, he only has the keeper to beat but Day dives to his right to pull off a magnificent save.

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Barry Corr has an early chance for redemption but under pressure he can't direct his header from six yards.

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

Perry: It was the softest penalty you'll ever see, anyway. At least if Southend still get through, it won't be contentious.

Ben Dunbar: You'd have fancied Barry's much more attractive cousin Andrea to make a better fist of that penalty. #southend #stevenagefc

Martin Ratcliff: Booked flights from Norway the second the final whistle went. Wycombe are going to Wembley!

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

We're back under way at Roots Hall.

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Adrian Clarke

Ex-Southend midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Barry Corr did not hit through the ball. It was a mish-mash of a penalty, it was neither one thing nor the other.

"It is something that will haunt him if Southend do not go on and win this match."

Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport at Adams Park

Wycombe celebrate a famous win at Adams Park
BBC Sport

"Well there you have it. Not as much drama as the other game tonight, but Wycombe fans don't care.

"Gareth Ainsworth's side are deservedly going to Wembley after a season which they missed out on automatic promotion by one point.

"For Plymouth, they didn't have enough to pull it back in the second half will have to rebuild for their fourth straight season in League Two."

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Roots Hall

"There is disbelief around Roots Hall! No one can quite believe the drama we have just seen.

"And the Stevenage fans cannot believe their luck! They celebrated that penalty miss like they'd just won the play-offs. And they may still do!

"Into extra-time we go.... Southend will need mental strength to bounce back from that moment."

FULL-TIME

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

It will be extra-time at Roots Hall. Stevenage must have thought their promotion dream was over but now it's still alive.

How costly could that miss be for Barry Corr. The Southend fans sing his name to try and keep his spirits up.

FULL-TIME

Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

The match finishes with Plymouth on the attack, but we know the first club who will be walking out for the play-off final on 23 May. Wycombe are - as their fans have been singing for some time now - going to Wembley.

MISSED PENALTY

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Barry Corr
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And now we know why Phil Brown could not watch.

Barry Corr tries to chip the ball down the middle but he hits it too high and it clips the bar and goes over.

PENALTY TO SOUTHEND

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Wow! This kick will win it. Ryan Leonard goes down in the box under pressure from Dean Parrett and referee Graham Scott points to the spot.

Phil Brown cannot watch.

Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

Another great save from Wycombe keeper Alex Lynch as Kelvin Mellor sneaks in to get a foot on a ball at the far post. Plymouth win a corner shortly after which comes out to Jason Banton, who gets a huge amount of power on his drive but it's two feet over the bar. Surely that is that.

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Only 90 seconds left at Roots Hall. Time for a late winner or will it be extra-time?

Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

Wycombe are finally holding onto the ball in Plymouth territory - but we've got SIX added minutes to come at Adams Park. Can Plymouth make them the longest six minutes of Gareth Ainsworth's managerial career?

YELLOW CARD

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Another Stevenage player goes in the book as Simon Walton is shown yellow for a foul on Barry Corr. Then Southend's Ben Coker is also booked for a late challenge on Jerome Okimo. There will be five minutes of injury time...

Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

Wycombe's Joe Jacobson casually allows a ball to roll over the byline thinking it would be his side's goalkick, but he's aghast to see it given as a corner. Thankfully for him, Plymouth don't make much of the chance to punish the mistake,

CLOSE!

Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

Was that Southend's chance to win this? Stephen McLaughlin's corner sparks a game of pinball into the Stevenage box but when it finally falls to Joe Pigott he can only poke it wide. Four to go.