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First team to advance through to the League Two Playoff Final confirmed

This evening saw the first team to advance through to the League Two Playoff Final confirmed as Newport County came out victorious against Mansfield Town.

The first leg at Rodney Parade on Thursday ended 1-1 between the two sides so it was all to play for.

It was rather miraculous that there was no goal scored within the 90 minutes after there had been 35 attempts at goal.

The early stages saw the ball hoofed up and down the field, very even start.

Josh Sheehan should have put the Exiles one up halfway through the first half after receiving a brilliant cross right on to his foot but he puts it just wide.

The game turned into quite an edgy one as again Newport could have scored again but some how couldn’t score in a goalmouth scramble on the 38th minute.

Again, the away side came close as Joss Labadie hit the bar with his first-time effort prior to half time.

The start of the second half saw Newport continue to threat an reinvigorated Mansfield.

Again, on the 59th minute, the Exiles hit the crossbar this time from a free kick by Scot Bennett.

A minute later Mansfield keeper Conrad Logan pulled off one of the saves of the season to deny Sheehan’s volley from just outside the box.

Joss Labadie brought down Tyler Walker on the edge of the box and the referee gave a free-kick though many say it should have been a penalty.

Mansfield had a fair few chances and nearly won it with minutes remaining as Tyler Walker chested down and shot the ball a yard wide.

The drama kept on coming despite no goals as Newport keeper Joe Day made two cracking saves, denying Tyler Walker’s effort then a follow up from Danny Rose on the 105th minute.

Considering the match time, the tempo of the game failed to calm down. Mansfield’s Alex MacDonald had a shot blocked off the line by Regan Poole on the edge of half time of extra time.

Both continued to give all they got but still not goals could be found, so it had to go to penalties to sort this tie out.

This is how they played out…

Watch the winning moment in the video below…


Newport will play the winners of the second playoff semi final which is between Tranmere Rovers or Forest Green Rovers (he Super White Army currently 1-0 on aggregate) at Wembley on the 25th of May.


Football fans have since given their reaction to Newport sealing a place in the League Two playoff final after beating Mansfield this evening – find out what they had to say on the next page.


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