EFL Trophy - Semi-final
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Leasing.com Trophy semi-final: Portsmouth 3-2 Exeter City after dramatic finish

John Marquis (right)
John Marquis' 13th goal of the season sent Portsmouth to Wembley deep in added time

Holders Portsmouth struck twice in stoppage time to come from behind to beat League Two Exeter City and reach the 2020 Leasing.com Trophy final.

John Marquis headed home in the 96th minute at an ecstatic Fratton Park when a penalty shootout had been imminent.

That followed Cameron McGeehan's deflected equaliser, after Christian Burgess' 89th-minute own goal had appeared set to send Exeter through.

Pompey will face either Newport County or Salford City in 5 April's final.

Those two League Two clubs meet in Wednesday's second semi-final, which will be hard pushed to match the drama of Tuesday's tie.

All five goals at Fratton Park were scored beyond the 78th minute, with Exeter taking the lead twice but being denied by two quick, spirited Pompey comebacks.

Exeter skipper Jake Taylor volleyed in the long-awaited opener with 11 minutes to go after the hosts failed to clear a corner, before Marcus Harness turned in on the rebound to equalise.

Twice Exeter - who had already knocked out third-tier sides including Oxford and Ipswich to reach the last four - had seemed poised to set up an all-League Two final.

But Marquis' last-gasp intervention kept Pompey's bid for their second successive triumph in this competition at Wembley on track.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 35Bass
  • 15McCrorie
  • 6Burgess
  • 20Raggett
  • 42Seddon
  • 4Naylor
  • 33CloseSubstituted forHawkinsat 54'minutes
  • 19Harness
  • 24McGeehan
  • 11Curtis
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forMarquisat 24'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 3Brown
  • 7Williams
  • 9Hawkins
  • 10Marquis
  • 13Bolton
  • 16Whatmough

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 20Richardson
  • 37Dyer
  • 16WarrenBooked at 59mins
  • 15Parkes
  • 26Randall
  • 29Kite
  • 25Taylor
  • 8LawSubstituted forCollinsat 79'minutes
  • 18FisherBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSeymourat 68'minutes
  • 7MartinSubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Holmes
  • 11Williams
  • 13Thompson
  • 17Jay
  • 21Moxey
  • 27Collins
  • 35Seymour
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
14,735

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 18th February 2020

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester City U2132105328
2Scunthorpe32106247
3Sunderland310247-33
4Grimsby300347-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington330010379
2Fleetwood31117525
3Oldham3102510-53
4Liverpool U21301259-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Salford22004046
2Tranmere210123-13
3Aston Villa U21200214-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Port Vale33007439
2Shrewsbury32017346
3Macclesfield310257-23
4Newcastle United U21300327-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton U2131205326
2Mansfield31204315
3Crewe302146-24
4Burton310245-13

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Manchester City U2132015416
2Bolton31205325
3Rochdale311134-15
4Bradford301235-22

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Blackpool32017346
2Wolverhampton Wanderers U2131116515
3Morecambe311168-24
4Carlisle310258-33

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Manchester United U2133005149
2Doncaster31026603
3Lincoln City31024403
4Rotherham310237-43

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colchester32105327
2Ipswich32016246
3Gillingham310247-33
4Tottenham Hotspur U21301225-32

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth32106338
2Oxford Utd32108447
3Norwich City U21310246-23
4Crawley300327-50

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton and Hove Albion U2132105147
2Leyton Orient311134-15
3Wimbledon310245-13
4Southend310235-23

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Walsall32107077
2Coventry31203216
3Forest Green311138-55
4Southampton U21300347-30

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter33006159
2Newport3102111103
3West Ham United U213102911-23
4Cheltenham3102811-33

N

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol Rovers32104227
2Chelsea U2132015416
3Plymouth31114225
4Swindon300327-50

O

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons32015236
2Stevenage311124-25
3Fulham U2131113304
4Wycombe310234-13

P

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough33005149
2Northampton311123-15
3Arsenal U21302123-13
4Cambridge301224-21
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