Newport reached the Sky Guess League Two play-off closing after a 5-4 combination win in opposition to Forest Inexperienced in a pulsating, topsy-turvy semi-final second leg at The harmless New Garden.
Two targets in lower than a minute from Ebou Adams and Aaron Collins worn out Newport’s first-leg lead early on, earlier than Nicky Cadden’s free-kick gave the hosts the lead within the tie for the primary time.
A stunner from 42-year-old Kevin Ellison then pulled County stage once more and although it seemed as if Joss Labadie’s strike would ship Michael Flynn’s males to Wembley, former Newport frontman Jamille Matt popped up within the 87th minute to ship the tie to extra-time.
Because the wet circumstances started to take their toll within the added 30-minute interval, penalties seemed to be looming, significantly after Nicky Maynard despatched a free header large of the right-hand publish, however the veteran striker had the ultimate say one minute from time, when he latched onto an extended ball and slid previous Rovers goalkeeper Luke McGee.
Consequently, Newport will face Morecambe within the League Two play-off closing on Monday, Could 31, after Derek Adams’ males noticed off Tranmere earlier on Sunday afternoon.
How Newport reached the League Two play-off closing
In an interview with Sky Sports activities earlier than kick-off, Forest Inexperienced chairman Dale Vince performed down options of an uphill battle, regardless of a 2-0 first-leg defeat at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night time – and inside 10 minutes of a moist and windy night time within the Cotswolds, he was proved proper.
Despite the fact that Newport sat tight to guard their combination lead within the opening exchanges, they had been pegged again when Adams leapt nicely to satisfy a nook and glanced in an excellent header.
Inside 60 seconds, the guests had been left shell-shocked as Collins – whose brother Lewis scored for Newport within the first leg – latched onto a sensational cross from Bailey Cargill and beat County goalkeeper Tom King with a first-time volley to match.
Newport battled again to dominate proceedings and went shut when Mickey Demetriou nodded large on the far publish, although they had been virtually caught chilly on the stroke of half-time when Collins’ shot was deflected onto the crossbar.
However that is precisely what occurred with 53 minutes on the clock, when Cadden lifted a free-kick excessive into the air that bypassed the gang of our bodies within the space, zipped off the floor contained in the six-yard field and rippled the again of the web.
The drama did not abate there. Having been on the pitch a matter of minutes, Ellison – the oldest participant to ever function within the EFL play-offs – silenced the house crowd when he latched onto Demetriou’s knockdown 25 yards from aim, turned and curled an unbelievable effort into the highest nook to stage the tie on combination.
4 minutes later, fellow substitute Labadie swept in a cross from Ryan Haynes, however former Newport striker Matt – who made his first begin since March 27 – compelled the tie to extra-time when he struck from shut vary.
Questionable defending from Forest Inexperienced introduced the unmarked Maynard with an opportunity to seal victory for the guests, although he planted his header large of the mark, earlier than Josh Davison could not fairly apply the end when Jayden Richardson smashed the ball throughout the six-yard field.
However Maynard redeemed himself within the 119th minute when he latched onto an extended ball ahead, touched the ball previous McGee after which slid house a winner that was met by a deafening silence.
Newport progress to the Sky Guess League Two play-off closing, which takes place at Wembley on Monday, Could 31 at 3pm, whereas Forest Inexperienced will stay within the division for the 2021/22 season, which begins on Saturday, August 7.