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CambridgeCambridge United2HalifaxFC Halifax Town0

Cambridge United 2-0 FC Halifax (agg 2-1)

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport at the Abbey Stadium
Delano Sam-Yorke

Delano Sam-Yorke scored both goals as Cambridge United overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Halifax and reach the Conference Premier play-off final.

Sam-Yorke poked in on 11 minutes after Halifax, 1-0 up from the first leg, failed to clear and then raced away to slot his second just before the break.

Scott McManus went close to pulling one back from a tight angle.

Halifax keeper Matt Glennon made a great save from a Luke Berry header but Cambridge survived a late onslaught.

Richard Money's side have not been out of the Conference Premier's top two since the third game of the season.

They now head to Wembley to face Gateshead, who beat Grimsby Town 4-2 on aggregate, in the final on 18 May.

It will be the U's third Conference play-off final in six years, having lost in 2008 and 2009. But they have experienced Wembley glory already this season, having won the FA Trophy final in March.

Halifax, searching for a third promotion in four years, came into the game with the narrow one-goal advantage provided by Lee Gregory's penalty in the first leg.

But that was wiped out in 11 minutes when Halifax failed to deal with a long ball and Tom Elliott capitalised, finding Sam-Yorke, who finished from five yards out.

And the forward added his second when he beat Chris Smith to a bouncing ball and charged through the Halifax defence before sidefooting past Glennon.

McManus could have levelled when he met an Adam Smith cross at the back post, but despite seeing plenty of the ball, the Shaymen were making few clear-cut chances.

Cambridge, dangerous on the counter, had a Josh Coulson header ruled out for offside and Glennon somehow kept Berry's effort out, diving down to his right.

Halifax bombarded the home side's area as time wore on, Scott Spencer and Matt Pearson both coming close, but the U's defence was resilient enough during a tense six minutes of injury time to seal their place in the final.



  • 25Smith
  • 2Roberts
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Champion
  • 6Miller
  • 4Coulson
  • 7DonaldsonBooked at 76mins
  • 18BerrySubstituted forChambersat 80'minutes
  • 19Sam-YorkeSubstituted forCunningtonat 72'minutes
  • 10Elliott
  • 11DunkBooked at 55minsSubstituted forHughesat 69'minutes


  • 9Cunnington
  • 17Hughes
  • 22Chadwick
  • 23Chambers
  • 39Barnes-Homer


  • 1Glennon
  • 29Bolton
  • 6LoweSubstituted forCrowtherat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18MarshallSubstituted forSpencerat 61'minutes
  • 15Roberts
  • 23SmithSubstituted forAingeat 46'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 7Smith
  • 20Maynard
  • 11Gregory
  • 5Pearson
  • 3McManus


  • 12Senior
  • 16Worthington
  • 22Ainge
  • 28Crowther
  • 40Spencer
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cambridge United 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

  3. Booking

    Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town).

  5. Post update

    Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, FC Halifax Town.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, FC Halifax Town.

  9. Booking

    Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

  11. Post update

    Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Ryan Crowther replaces Danny Lowe.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Ashley Chambers replaces Luke Berry.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

  18. Post update

    Danny Lowe (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, FC Halifax Town.

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