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Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs: Goals galore as Blackpool and Exeter advance

18 May 2017

The Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs set the EFL alight with 22 goals across the four legs which eventually saw Blackpool and Exeter qualify for the Final at Wembley.

If you thought the goals would stop after the 11 that came across the first two legs of the League Two Play-Offs, you were wrong. Another 11 followed on an action-packed evening that needed two stoppage-time winners to secure the Blackpool and Exeter's pathway to Wembley.

The first goal of the evening saw Exeter go ahead both on the night and on aggregate thanks to a strike from the EFL Young Player of the Year, Ollie Watkins.

Fans in the south west had to wait until the 80th minute for another goal, but two came in quick succession.

First up, it was that man Watkins again to double the Grecians' lead, but the two goal cushion was short-lived as Jason Kennedy popped up for the visitors a minute later and sparked life into the tie.

Then, in the 90th minute, the drama really started. John O'Sullivan scored the equaliser, and seemingly send it to extra-time. But 21-year-old Jack Stacey had other ideas; the Exeter midfielder hammered home a 95th-minute winner to send Paul Tisdale's men to Wembley.

At Kenilworth Road, it was much of the same as more late heroics decided the who would claim their place in the Final.

Gary Bowyer's Blackpool carried a 3-2 lead into the match, and it was made into two goals after 22 minutes thanks to a smart Nathan Delfouneso finish.

Luton were back in it just 15 minutes later though, as Kelvin Mellor turned the ball into his own net. The Hatters then drew level on aggregate on the stroke of half-time when Scott Cuthbert headed home from a corner.

With 56 minutes on the clock, Danny Hylton won and converted his own penalty to put Nathan Jones' side 3-1 up on the night 5-4 ahead on aggregate.

It was then Blackpool's turn to push for a goal, and the introduction of Armand Gnanduillet proved a catalyst. The substitute was the man to score and put the Tangerines on level terms.

Four minutes of added time were shown, and with the very last action of that period, Clark Robertson scored a goal that will live long in the memory with the Seasiders to confirm their spot at Wembley.

They’re going to Wembley! 🎉@BlackpoolFC and @OfficialECFC pull off heroics to secure their place in the @SkyBetLeagueTwo#PlayOffFinal!

— EFL (@EFL) May 18, 2017

Blackpool and Exeter will go head-to-head at Wembley for a place in Sky Bet League One on Sunday 28th May.

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