League Two - 2nd Leg
AccringtonAccrington Stanley2WimbledonAFC Wimbledon2
By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, AFC Wimbledon 2.

  2. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Seamus Conneely.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tom Davies (Accrington Stanley).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tom Beere (AFC Wimbledon).

  14. Post update

    Delay in match (Accrington Stanley).

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Callum Kennedy.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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