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AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

Lyle Taylor and Adebayo Akinfenwa
Late goals from Lyle Taylor and Adebayo Akinfenwa secured promotion for AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon were promoted into the third tier for the first time in their history after beating Plymouth Argyle in the League Two play-off final.

Lyle Taylor turned in Callum Kennedy's cross for his 23rd goal of the season.

And substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa netted a penalty in the 11th minute of injury time after a foul on Adebayo Azeez.

The Dons achieved a sixth promotion since their formation in 2002 by fans of the old Wimbledon FC following their relocation to Milton Keynes.

Argyle, who topped the Championship back in August 2004, will remain in League Two for a sixth season, having almost gone bust in 2011.

Dons dreams come true at Wembley

Adebayo Akinfenwa
Adebayo Akinfenwa netted the penalty that secured play-off final victory for AFC Wimbledon

Neither goalkeeper was troubled until after the break, when Argyle midfielder Graham Carey's free-kick forced an excellent diving save from goalkeeper Kelle Roos.

A game of few chances was lit up with Taylor's goal, as Wimbledon edged towards a deserved win in front of 57,956 fans.

As Argyle pushed forward the Dons had chances to seal the game, but Luke McCormick made excellent saves from Barry Fuller as he broke through, Akinfenwa's close-range header and from Taylor, who shot tamely when clean through.

Having seen semi-final hero Peter Hartley carried off on a stretcher in the closing moments after a clash with Akinfenwa, the Plymouth defender's replacement Jordon Forster fouled Azeez after he cut in from the left in the box.

That allowed Akinfenwa to step up and send McCormick the wrong way from the spot.

Akinfenwa took the ball off Callum Kennedy after a brief discussion
Akinfenwa took the ball off Callum Kennedy before scoring the 101st-minute penalty

Phoenix from the ashes of MK move

Promotion for AFC Wimbledon keeps the remarkable story of the club's rise from the aftermath of Wimbledon's move to Milton Keynes going.

They have now won six promotions since they first took to the field in the Combined Counties League in the ninth tier of English football.

While the club still hope to return to their home borough of Merton, next season raises the tantalising prospect of two league fixtures with MK Dons, who were relegated from the Championship.

The clubs have played three times before in cup matches - all at Milton Keynes - with AFC Wimbledon getting the better of MK Dons once.

Man of the match: Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon)

Lyle Taylor

In a game short on memorable moments, Taylor's goal stood out as a piece of class, taking the ball well as it came across his body.

A thorn in Argyle's side throughout, he was an excellent foil to first Tom Elliott and then his replacement Akinfenwa up front.

He should have had a second late on when through on goal, but he will not mind his weak effort as he created a memory that will last a lifetime both for him and the fans of AFC Wimbledon.

Match reaction

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley: "It's surreal at the moment. It hasn't really sunk in.

"Once we got to Wembley, we prepared them to the letter about trying to win this game.

"To pull it off, to stand there in front of 25,000 people who 14 years ago had their club ripped away from them and have been through so much, to stand there as one of their own who's come through the ranks at the age of 11 - you can write anything you want, it doesn't get any better than that."

Plymouth manager Derek Adams: "We didn't perform well enough today, we weren't composed enough at times when we had possession.

"It's a huge disappointment, but we've come a long way. We've been working with a threadbare squad and it's a testament to the players to get here.

"We didn't pass the ball well enough and we didn't open up Wimbledon through the wide areas or down the middle.

"We've put a lot of pride back into Plymouth Argyle this season, and hopefully that can continue."

Line-ups

Wimbledon

  • 29Roos
  • 2Fuller
  • 6Robinson
  • 32CharlesBooked at 67mins
  • 3Kennedy
  • 18SmithSubstituted forMeadesat 69'minutes
  • 4Bulman
  • 8Reeves
  • 17Barcham
  • 33TaylorBooked at 78minsSubstituted forAzeezat 90+7'minutes
  • 9ElliottSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 10Akinfenwa
  • 11Rigg
  • 12Meades
  • 14Azeez
  • 20Sweeney
  • 39Murphy

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Mellor
  • 5Nelson
  • 6HartleySubstituted forForsterat 86'minutes
  • 3SawyerBooked at 76mins
  • 4McHugh
  • 20Boateng
  • 14JervisSubstituted forTannerat 68'minutes
  • 10Carey
  • 11WyldeBooked at 62minsSubstituted forReidat 82'minutes
  • 19Matt

Substitutes

  • 9Reid
  • 15Harvey
  • 16Purrington
  • 27Tanner
  • 28Forster
  • 31Dorel
  • 32Houghton
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
57,956

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Goal!

    Goal! AFC Wimbledon 2, Plymouth Argyle 0. Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Jordan Forster (Plymouth Argyle) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty AFC Wimbledon. Adebayo Azeez draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Adebayo Azeez replaces Lyle Taylor.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adebayo Akinfenwa with a headed pass.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Luke McCormick.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lyle Taylor with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Reeves.

  16. Post update

    Hiram Boateng (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle).

  19. Post update

    Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Jordan Forster replaces Peter Hartley because of an injury.

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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