Morecambe beat Newport with extra-time penalty to earn promotion to League One for first time

Morecambe beat Newport with extra-time penalty to earn promotion to League One for first time
The Shrimps managed to maintain their flawless record at Wembley.

A controversial penalty decision gave Morecambe the crucial goal as they beat Newport County to reach the third tier of English Football for the first time in their history.

Neither side were able to find the back of the net in normal time, but in the second half of extra-time the deadlock was eventually broken by Carlos Mendes Gomes’ penalty.

The Spaniard sent goalkeeper Tom King the wrong way after referee Bobby Madley had pointed to the spot when substitute John O’Sullivan was brought down by Ryan Haynes, but the contact appeared to be outside the area.

In the absence of どこ, しかしながら, the decision stood.

ニューポート had a penalty shout themselves turned down in the first half, いつ Shrimps goalkeeper Kyle Letheren appeared to make contact with Scot Bennett’s head, but the referee that time waved play on.

Morecambe managed to maintain their flawless record at ウェンブリー, having won their only two previous appearances at the stadium – a 2007 Conference play-off final against エクセター そしてその 1974 FA Trophy final.

It was also manager Derek Adams’ second promotion from the fourth tier, having led プリマス から League Two に 2016/17.

With Wembley opening its doors to 9,083 ファン, it was Morecambe who had the first chance of the game in the second minute when Mendes Gomes drove the ball wide of the target from the edge of the area.

Despite the Shrimps’s early pressure, it was Newport who came closest with Bennett’s header going just wide of the post after a long throw from Mickey Demetriou.

The Welsh club felt aggrieved when Bennett was struck by Letheren, having beaten the goalkeeper to the ball.

Newport continued to look dangerous from the long throw in, with another opportunity midway through the first half, but Josh Sheehan’s effort from the edge of the box lacked power and was easily gathered by Letheren.

The 34th minute was marked with applause from both teams in memory of former Morecambe player Christian Mbulu, who died on 26 五月 2020.

Shrimps goalkeeper Letheren kept the game goalless in the 78th minute with a low diving save to deny Liam Shephard’s curled low drive.

With the prospect of extra-time looming, Exiles manager マイケル・フリン brought on former Morecambe player Kevin Ellison, who became the oldest outfield player to appear in the EFL play-off final at the age of 42.

In added time Newport again went close, but captain Joss Labadie, who was recalled for the final after suffering a gashed knee earlier in the month, fired over from five yards out after being found by a well-weighted cross from Nicky Maynard.

With the game looking to be heading towards penalties, Morecambe were awarded the key spot-kick and Mendes Gomes made no mistake to seal his side’s historic promotion to League One.