Delano Sam-Yorke scored both goals as Cambridge United overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Halifax and reach the Conference Premier play-off final.

Sam-Yorke poked in on 11 minutes after Halifax, 1-0 up from the first leg, failed to clear and then raced away to slot his second just before the break.

Scott McManus went close to pulling one back from a tight angle.

Halifax keeper Matt Glennon made a great save from a Luke Berry header but Cambridge survived a late onslaught.

Richard Money's side have not been out of the Conference Premier's top two since the third game of the season.

Sam-Yorke back in favour

Delano Sam-Yorke was sent out on loan earlier this season to Lincoln City (where he netted three times) but has now scored five goals since his return to the Abbey Stadium in March.

They now head to Wembley to face Gateshead, who beat Grimsby Town 4-2 on aggregate, in the final on 18 May.

It will be the U's third Conference play-off final in six years, having lost in 2008 and 2009. But they have experienced Wembley glory already this season, having won the FA Trophy final in March.

Halifax, searching for a third promotion in four years, came into the game with the narrow one-goal advantage provided by Lee Gregory's penalty in the first leg.

But that was wiped out in 11 minutes when Halifax failed to deal with a long ball and Tom Elliott capitalised, finding Sam-Yorke, who finished from five yards out.

And the forward added his second when he beat Chris Smith to a bouncing ball and charged through the Halifax defence before sidefooting past Glennon.

McManus could have levelled when he met an Adam Smith cross at the back post, but despite seeing plenty of the ball, the Shaymen were making few clear-cut chances.

Cambridge, dangerous on the counter, had a Josh Coulson header ruled out for offside and Glennon somehow kept Berry's effort out, diving down to his right.

Halifax bombarded the home side's area as time wore on, Scott Spencer and Matt Pearson both coming close, but the U's defence was resilient enough during a tense six minutes of injury time to seal their place in the final.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Cambridge United

  • 25 Smith
  • 02 Roberts
  • 03 Taylor
  • 08 Champion
  • 06 Miller
  • 04 Coulson
  • 07 Donaldson Booked
  • 18 Berry (Chambers - 80' )
  • 19 Sam-Yorke (Cunnington - 72' )
  • 10 Elliott
  • 11 Dunk Booked (Hughes - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Cunnington
  • 17 Hughes
  • 22 Chadwick
  • 23 Chambers
  • 39 Barnes-Homer

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 29 Bolton
  • 06 Lowe (Crowther - 80' Booked )
  • 18 Marshall (Spencer - 61' )
  • 15 Roberts
  • 23 Smith (Ainge - 46' Booked )
  • 07 Smith
  • 20 Maynard
  • 11 Gregory
  • 05 Pearson
  • 03 McManus

Substitutes

  • 12 Senior
  • 16 Worthington
  • 22 Ainge
  • 28 Crowther
  • 40 Spencer
Ref: Darren Handley
Att: 6,262

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

3 0

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cambridge United 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

90:00 +6:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

90:00 +3:39 Booking

Booking Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:31

Foul by Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town).

90:00 +3:31

Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +3:07

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

90:00 +2:51

Attempt blocked. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:11

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

88:26 Booking

Booking Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:45

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

87:45

Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

86:20

Hand ball by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

80:11

Attempt missed. Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

79:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Ryan Crowther replaces Danny Lowe.

79:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Ashley Chambers replaces Luke Berry.

77:07

Attempt missed. James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

76:14

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

76:14

Danny Lowe (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

75:56

Attempt blocked. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:33

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

75:14 Booking

Booking Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:04

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

74:04

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

71:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Adam Cunnington replaces Delano Sam-Yorke.

70:55

Attempt missed. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

68:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam Hughes replaces Harrison Dunk.

67:10

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

67:10

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

65:13

Attempt missed. Scott Spencer (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

64:44

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

62:35

Foul by Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town).

62:35

Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

62:07

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

60:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Scott Spencer replaces Paul Marshall.

59:17

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

57:59

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

57:59

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

57:40

Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ryan Donaldson.

57:13

Corner, Cambridge United.

55:44

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

55:44

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

54:26 Booking

Booking Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:01

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

54:01

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

50:29

Corner, Cambridge United.

50:10

Attempt blocked. Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:30

Offside, Cambridge United. Josh Coulson tries a through ball, but Josh Coulson is caught offside.

48:49

Foul by Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town).

48:49

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Simon Ainge replaces Chris Smith.

45:00

Second Half begins Cambridge United 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cambridge United 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +1:39

Attempt missed. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Smith with a cross.

45:00 +1:16

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

45:00 +1:16

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

45:00 +0:46

Danny Lowe (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

43:26

Offside, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke tries a through ball, but Delano Sam-Yorke is caught offside.

42:07

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

42:07

James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

39:55

Foul by James Bolton (FC Halifax Town).

39:55

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

38:58

Attempt blocked. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 2, FC Halifax Town 0. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Berry with a headed pass.

36:16

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

36:16

Chris Smith (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

33:46

Attempt missed. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

32:38

Attempt missed. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

31:26

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

31:26

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

30:03

Foul by Chris Smith (FC Halifax Town).

30:03

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

27:50

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

27:50

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

26:49

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

26:20

Foul by Chris Smith (FC Halifax Town).

26:20

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

25:07

Attempt missed. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

22:14

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Donaldson.

21:56

Corner, Cambridge United.

19:36

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

19:36

Chris Smith (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

18:15

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

18:15

Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

16:13

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

16:13

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

12:41

Attempt missed. Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

12:18

Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).

12:18

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

10:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, FC Halifax Town 0. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Donaldson.

10:18

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

10:18

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

8:38

Offside, Cambridge United. Greg Taylor tries a through ball, but Greg Taylor is caught offside.

5:31

Attempt missed. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

3:46

Attempt missed. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

2:50

Offside, Cambridge United. Ryan Donaldson tries a through ball, but Ryan Donaldson is caught offside.

2:30

Corner, Cambridge United.

1:34

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

1:34

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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