Swindon swept aside Port Vale to seal the League Two title.

A stunning long-range strike from Matt Ritchie opened the scoring, and Paul Benson doubled their lead from six-yards out after the break.

Benson netted his second from close range to make it 3-0, before defender Aden Flint nodded in Ritchie's corner.

Substitute Alan Connell struck home Swindon's fifth to secure Paolo di Canio his first piece of silverware as Town manager.

Di Canio hails 'deserved' title win

The Robins had already cemented their place in League One for next season, but a bullish Di Canio had openly stated his intention to go up as Champions.

After a dull start, Ritchie set them on their way by lashing an unstoppable shot past keeper Chris Martin into the top corner.

Captain Paul Caddis' through ball was dummied by Simon Ferry and Benson poked his shot over Martin to make it 2-0.

Benson arrived at the near post to slot home Lee Holmes' cross for his second and just two minutes later it was 4-0 after Flint nodded.

Top scorer Connell crowned a fine team performance by turning in Luke Rooney's attempted shot from close range.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Swindon

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 02 McEveley
  • 04 Flint
  • 07 Caddis
  • 08 Ferry Booked
  • 10 Ritchie (Rooney - 80' )
  • 12 McCormack Booked
  • 13 Risser (Smith - 69' )
  • 14 Bostock (Connell - 73' )
  • 22 Holmes
  • 09 Benson Booked

Substitutes

  • 15 Thompson
  • 19 Rooney
  • 24 Smith
  • 17 Connell
  • 28 Storey

Port Vale

  • 01 Martin
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 McCombe
  • 26 Davis Booked
  • 04 Griffith (Williamson - 60' )
  • 07 Loft Booked
  • 17 Rigg
  • 20 Shuker (Marshall - 68' Booked )
  • 08 Dodds Booked
  • 09 Richards
  • 11 Pope (McDonald - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 25 McDonald
  • 14 Marshall
  • 18 Morsy
  • 21 James
  • 19 Williamson
Ref: Phillips
Att: 12,864

Match Stats

Shots

15 6

On target

7 3

Corners

5 8

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:51 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

88:51 Booking

Booking Caution for Louis Dodds.

87:44

Unfair challenge on Sean Rigg by Aden Flint results in a free kick. Paul Marshall restarts play with the free kick, Clayton McDonald takes a shot. Save by Wesley Foderingham.

87:06

Effort from the edge of the area by Jay McEveley goes wide of the left-hand upright.

86:37 Booking

Booking Joe Davis goes into the book.

86:16

Joe Davis challenges Lee Holmes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Caddis takes the indirect free kick.

84:45

The assist for the goal came from Jonathan Smith.

84:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Connell - Swindon 5 - 0 Port Vale Alan Connell finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swindon 5-0 Port Vale.

82:55

Unfair challenge on Alan Connell by John McCombe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay McEveley.

81:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben Williamson. Free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

80:44

Lee Holmes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Louis Dodds manages to make a clearance.

80:44 Booking

Booking Paul Marshall is given a yellow card.

80:35

Foul by Paul Marshall on Paul Caddis, free kick awarded.

79:36 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Luke Rooney coming on for Matt Ritchie.

78:11

Paul Caddis takes a shot. Save by Chris Martin.

73:33

Corner taken left-footed by Paul Marshall.

72:29 Substitution

Substitution Alan Connell comes on in place of John Bostock.

72:15

Paul Caddis takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

70:10 Substitution

Substitution Clayton McDonald joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tom Pope.

68:56

John Bostock takes a shot. Chris Martin makes a save.

68:03 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliver Risser.

67:33 Substitution

Substitution Paul Marshall on for Chris Shuker.

66:25

The assist for the goal came from Matt Ritchie.

66:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Aden Flint - Swindon 4 - 0 Port Vale Aden Flint grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Swindon 4-0 Port Vale.

66:03

Corner taken by Matt Ritchie,

64:15

Assist by Lee Holmes.

64:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Benson - Swindon 3 - 0 Port Vale Paul Benson fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swindon 3-0 Port Vale.

61:13

Effort from inside the area by Matt Ritchie misses to the left of the goal.

59:18 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Griffith goes off and Ben Williamson comes on.

58:06

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Shuker from the left by-line, Jay McEveley makes a clearance.

57:20

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Shuker from the left by-line.

56:45

Corner taken by Chris Shuker.

56:25

Unfair challenge on Sean Rigg by Matt Ritchie results in a free kick. Doug Loft takes the free kick.

55:57

John Bostock takes a shot. Clearance made by John McCombe.

53:43

Paul Caddis has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

50:50

Assist by Simon Ferry.

50:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Benson - Swindon 2 - 0 Port Vale Paul Benson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swindon 2-0 Port Vale.

49:37

Effort on goal by Anthony Griffith from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

48:30

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matt Ritchie.

48:06

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Holmes, Joe Davis manages to make a clearance.

47:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Doug Loft. Paul Caddis takes the indirect free kick.

47:10

Sean Rigg takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wesley Foderingham.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:17 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Shuker, Marc Richards takes a shot. Save by Wesley Foderingham.

42:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by John McCombe. Paul Caddis restarts play with the free kick.

39:31

Corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie, John McCombe makes a clearance.

37:46

Assist by John Bostock.

37:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Ritchie - Swindon 1 - 0 Port Vale Goal scored by Matt Ritchie from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Swindon 1-0 Port Vale.

36:46

Corner from right by-line taken by Chris Shuker.

36:29 Booking

Booking Alan McCormack receives a yellow card for dissent.

34:35 Booking

Booking The referee books Paul Benson for unsporting behaviour.

34:08

Unfair challenge on Chris Shuker by Paul Benson results in a free kick. Doug Loft takes the free kick.

31:15

Simon Ferry produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

27:30

John Bostock has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

25:32

Indirect free kick taken by Chris Shuker, Marc Richards takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.

25:32 Booking

Booking Simon Ferry booked for unsporting behaviour.

25:27

Simon Ferry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Rigg.

25:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Richards by Aden Flint. Chris Shuker restarts play with the free kick.

23:37

Paul Benson concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Griffith. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Martin.

22:34 Booking

Booking Booking for Doug Loft for unsporting behaviour.

22:10

Doug Loft challenges Matt Ritchie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Ritchie.

21:14

Lee Holmes takes a inswinging corner.

17:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Shuker, save made by Wesley Foderingham.

17:00

Matt Ritchie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

15:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Davis on Matt Ritchie. Paul Caddis takes the free kick.

9:27

Jay McEveley concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Yates. Anthony Griffith takes the indirect free kick.

7:36

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Shuker, save by Wesley Foderingham.

5:55

Close range headed effort by Tom Pope goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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