National League
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Tranmere Rovers 4-2 Ebbsfleet United (aet)

Micky Mellon
Tranmere boss Micky Mellon won promotion to League Two as manager of Fleetwood in 2012

Tranmere Rovers beat Ebbsfleet United in extra-time to reach the National League promotion final for the second successive season.

Rovers, who twice came from behind during the first 90 minutes, will face either Sutton United or Boreham Wood at Wembley on 12 May.

Tranmere lost to Forest Green in last season's promotion final and are aiming to return to League Two after a two-year absence.

Luke Coulson's header had given Ebbsfleet a first-half lead, but James Norwood quickly replied with an angled shot.

Myles Weston rolled the ball into an empty net after a defensive mix-up to restore Ebbsfleet's advantage, before Josh Ginnelly's effort from the edge of the box forced extra-time.

The exertions of Fleet's penalty shootout win over Aldershot three days earlier began to show, and they fell behind for the first time when Norwood fired a superb free-kick into the top corner.

Larnell Cole's powerful shot found the net to make it 4-2, before Fleet defender Dave Winfield was sent off following a scuffle involving almost every player on the field.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 2BuxtonSubstituted forMontheat 82'minutes
  • 5McNultyBooked at 109mins
  • 15NorburnBooked at 57mins
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 18GinnellySubstituted forHarrisat 95'minutesBooked at 109mins
  • 4Sutton
  • 24Hughes
  • 9Cook
  • 10Norwood
  • 29Cole

Substitutes

  • 8Harris
  • 16Dunn
  • 19Mangan
  • 22Taylor
  • 33Monthe

Ebbsfleet

  • 1Ashmore
  • 27Wilson
  • 3ConnorsSubstituted forWaboat 104'minutes
  • 4Rance
  • 6Clark
  • 8DruryBooked at 109mins
  • 5WinfieldBooked at 108mins
  • 7PowellSubstituted forMcCoyat 69'minutes
  • 25CoulsonSubstituted forWestonat 34'minutes
  • 9Kedwell
  • 28Whitely

Substitutes

  • 2McCoy
  • 11Weston
  • 13Miles
  • 23Wabo
  • 26Bush
Referee:
Peter Wright
Attendance:
8,898

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Ebbsfleet United 2.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Ebbsfleet United 2.

Dismissal

Dave Winfield (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the red card.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 4, Ebbsfleet United 2. Larnell Cole (Tranmere Rovers).

Second Half Extra Time begins Tranmere Rovers 3, Ebbsfleet United 2.

First Half Extra Time ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Ebbsfleet United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Ebbsfleet United 2. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

First Half Extra Time begins Tranmere Rovers 2, Ebbsfleet United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Norman Wabo replaces Jack Connors.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jay Harris replaces Josh Ginnelly.

Booking

Andy Drury (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Ebbsfleet United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Emmanuel Monthe replaces Adam Buxton.

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Marvin McCoy replaces Jack Powell.

Booking

Oliver Norburn (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Ebbsfleet United 2. Josh Ginnelly (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Ebbsfleet United 2. Myles Weston (Ebbsfleet United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Ebbsfleet United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Ebbsfleet United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Myles Weston replaces Luke Coulson.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Ebbsfleet United 1. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Ebbsfleet United 1. Luke Coulson (Ebbsfleet United).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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