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Newport County win 5-3 on penalties

Mansfield Town 0-0 (3-5 pens) Newport County: Day sends County to Wembley

Joe Day celebrates after helping Newport reach Wembley
Joe Day celebrates after helping Newport reach Wembley

Newport will have a chance to play for a place in League One after beating Mansfield on penalties in a thrilling contest.

Goalkeeper Joe Day was the hero, saving Tyler Walker's penalty as Newport converted all five of their spot-kicks.

Far from a dull stalemate, the result was harsh on Mansfield who contributed to a game full of chances, while Newport hit the woodwork three times.

Newport will face Tranmere or Forest Green in the final on Saturday, 25 May.

The Stags came into the contest with an excellent home record against Newport, winning 12 of their previous 13 encounters at Field Mill, so they would have fancied their chances after a strong showing in the first leg.

However, roared on by over 1,100 away supporters, Newport spurned chance after chance in a lopsided first half that they utterly dominated.

Josh Sheehan twice came close, with a 20-yard effort saved by Conrad Logan before he fired wide from eight yards out after Dan Butler's inviting centre.

County top scorer Padraig Amond also came close but found the angle against him, while Robbie Willmott's goal-bound effort was brilliantly blocked by Ben Turner as Newport laid siege to Mansfield.

Newport hit the crossbar twice before the interval through Joss Labadie and a flick off defender Ben Turner, with the hosts booed off at the interval.

Mansfield improved after half-time with Walker flashing a shot wide and Danny Rose blasting over after CJ Hamilton's inviting cutback.

Scot Bennett almost found the breakthrough for County with a thunderous 25-yard drive, but it rattled against the crossbar as Newport hit the woodwork for the third time, before Sheehan's volley was brilliantly tipped away by Logan.

Newport goalkeeper Day was also busy in a frenetic contest, tipping away a fierce Walker drive as the tension increased.

Logan again denied County when Matt came close before Walker missed a huge chance with the goal at his mercy with just five minutes remaining. Alex MacDonald also headed wide to ensure extra time.

Both sides spurned further chances in extra time, especially when Day denied Walker with his legs from point-blank range and Regan Poole produced an incredible block on the line from Rose's rebound shot.

Penalties settled the contest with Walker, who scored 26 goals this season, denied by Day and Newport scoring with all five of their attempts.

Newport's run of 12 games without defeat is their best since 1938.

Newport County manager Mike Flynn said:

"What an amazing achievement by these players. I thought we were excellent, we were absolutely superb.

"We should have gone three or four up first half. Second half they came back into it a little bit and they had a few chances of their own, and the extra time was just like a basketball game, end-to-end.

"So for the neutral it must have been brilliant.

"The penalties were a situation of what will be, will be. But I had full faith in these players."

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 1Logan
  • 5Pearce
  • 25Turner
  • 17Sweeney
  • 20JonesBooked at 90minsSubstituted forGrantat 120+1'minutes
  • 16TomlinsonSubstituted forBenningat 45'minutes
  • 7MacDonald
  • 8MellisSubstituted forAtkinsonat 90'minutes
  • 22Hamilton
  • 19Walker
  • 32RoseSubstituted forAjoseat 105+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Benning
  • 10Khan
  • 11Atkinson
  • 14Smith
  • 21Ajose
  • 23Grant
  • 30Smith

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 26PooleBooked at 89mins
  • 25O'BrienBooked at 19mins
  • 28Demetriou
  • 3ButlerBooked at 42mins
  • 17Bennett
  • 16SheehanBooked at 65minsSubstituted forDolanat 110'minutes
  • 4LabadieBooked at 8minsSubstituted forAzeezat 76'minutesSubstituted forMcKirdyat 111'minutes
  • 9Amond
  • 11MattBooked at 83mins
  • 7Willmott

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 8Dolan
  • 10Marsh-Brown
  • 12Randall-Hurren
  • 14Azeez
  • 22Crofts
  • 27McKirdy
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
7,361

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home24
Away21
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 0(3), Newport County 0(5).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Mansfield Town 0(3), Newport County 0(5).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0(3), Newport County 0(5). Matthew Dolan (Newport County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0(3), Newport County 0(4). Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0(2), Newport County 0(4). Regan Poole (Newport County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0(2), Newport County 0(3). Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0(2), Newport County 0(2). CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0(1), Newport County 0(2). Padraig Amond (Newport County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0(1), Newport County 0(1). Nicky Ajose (Mansfield Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0, Newport County 0(1). Dan Butler (Newport County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Mansfield Town 0, Newport County 0.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Mansfield Town 0, Newport County 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jorge Grant replaces Gethin Jones.

Attempt missed. Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Robbie Willmott with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Gethin Jones (Mansfield Town).

Jamille Matt (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).

Harry McKirdy (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Atkinson.

Nicky Ajose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by CJ Hamilton with a cross following a set piece situation.

Nicky Ajose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Harry McKirdy replaces Adebayo Azeez because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Matthew Dolan replaces Josh Sheehan.

Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Gethin Jones following a corner.

Attempt missed. Gethin Jones (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Malvind Benning with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

Attempt missed. Josh Sheehan (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Nicky Ajose (Mansfield Town).

Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half Extra Time begins Mansfield Town 0, Newport County 0.

First Half Extra Time ends, Mansfield Town 0, Newport County 0.

Attempt blocked. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Atkinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Nicky Ajose replaces Danny Rose.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

Attempt blocked. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Atkinson.

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City462316773433085
2Bury4622131182562679
3MK Dons4623101371492279
4Mansfield4620161069412876
5Forest Green4620141268472174
6Tranmere4620131363501373
7Newport462011155959071
8Colchester4620101665531270
9Exeter4619131460491170
10Stevenage462010165955470
11Carlisle46208186762568
12Crewe46198196059165
13Swindon461616145956364
14Oldham461614166760762
15Northampton461419136463161
16Cheltenham461512195768-1157
17Grimsby46168224556-1156
18Morecambe461412205470-1654
19Crawley46158235168-1753
20Port Vale461213213955-1649
21Cambridge461211234066-2647
22Macclesfield461014224874-2644
23Notts County46914234884-3641
24Yeovil46913244166-2540
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