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  • Date:28 May 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:11,484
  • Mousinho (40)
Goal!

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94:07 +4.07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane by Byron Harrison. Direct free kick taken by Eunan O'Kane.

93:58 +3.58

Byron Harrison goes into the book.

90:15 +0.15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Tomlin on Ronnie Henry. Direct free kick taken by Ronnie Henry.

89:43

Byron Harrison sends in a cross.

88:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Guy Branston by Byron Harrison. Guy Branston takes the free kick.

86:27

Chris Beardsley sends in a cross.

85:34

Unfair challenge on Guy Branston by Byron Harrison results in a free kick. Lathanial Rowe-Turner takes the direct free kick.

84:47

Foul by Guy Branston on Chris Beardsley, free kick awarded. Ronnie Henry restarts play with the free kick.

84:04

Chris Beardsley comes on in place of Darius Charles.

82:13

Guy Branston takes a shot. Blocked by Darius Charles. Effort from deep inside the area by Guy Branston clears the bar. Danny Stevens comes on in place of Jake Robinson. Lathanial Rowe-Turner comes on in place of Kevin Nicholson.

81:53

Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, Darren Murphy makes a clearance.

80:46

Unfair challenge on Byron Harrison by Lee Mansell results in a free kick. Stacy Long delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Scott Bevan.

80:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against Byron Harrison. Chris Robertson takes the free kick.

79:33

Joe Oastler challenges Byron Harrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Joe Oastler for unsporting behaviour. Scott Laird takes the free kick.

78:59

Kevin Nicholson produces a cross, Ronnie Henry gets a block in.

78:03

Damon Lathrope goes off and Joe Oastler comes on.

76:47

Billy Kee has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

76:32

Unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope by Darren Murphy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

75:55

Jake Robinson takes a shot.

74:47

Inswinging corner taken by Stacy Long from the left by-line played to the near post.

74:40

The ball is swung over by Stacy Long, blocked by Lee Mansell.

72:22

Shot from just outside the box by Chris Zebroski misses to the right of the goal.

69:54

The ball is delivered by Scott Laird, clearance by Guy Branston.

68:30

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day. Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, save made by Chris Day.

66:52

Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Zebroski misses to the right of the target.

66:46

The ball is crossed by Gavin Tomlin.

66:32

Michael Bostwick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Kee. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

66:15

Darius Charles concedes a free kick for a foul on Damon Lathrope. Direct free kick taken by Chris Robertson.

63:54

The offside flag is raised against Chris Robertson. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

63:41

The ball is crossed by Jake Robinson.

62:48

Darius Charles takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a save. Unfair challenge on Chris Zebroski by Mark Roberts results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Chris Day.

61:08

Byron Harrison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Reid.

58:56

Foul by John Mousinho on Chris Zebroski, free kick awarded. Booking for John Mousinho for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Chris Robertson.

58:02

Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson.

57:54

Centre by Gavin Tomlin, clearance by Ronnie Henry.

57:04

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, Scott Laird manages to make a clearance.

56:09

Eunan O'Kane fouled by Joel Byrom, the ref awards a free kick. (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Darren Murphy coming on for Joel Byrom. Chris Robertson restarts play with the free kick.

55:46

Gavin Tomlin crosses the ball, Chris Day makes a comfortable save.

54:05

Chris Zebroski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Roberts. Booking for Chris Zebroski for unsporting behaviour. Chris Day takes the free kick.

53:47

Craig Reid challenges Jake Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Damon Lathrope restarts play with the free kick.

51:42

Lawrie Wilson produces a cross, Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance.

50:30

Corner taken right-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Guy Branston goes over the bar.

50:16

Billy Kee takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

48:48

Kevin Nicholson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

48:31

Lee Mansell delivers the ball, clearance by Ronnie Henry.

46:03

Shot by Jake Robinson from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

45:50

Jake Robinson crosses the ball.

45:25 +0.25

The ball is swung over by Billy Kee.

45:19

Lawrie Wilson delivers the ball, clearance by Kevin Nicholson.

44:48

Lawrie Wilson crosses the ball.

44:11

Chris Zebroski has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

43:09

Unfair challenge on Chris Zebroski by Michael Bostwick results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Zebroski.

41:53

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, Headed effort on goal by Guy Branston from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

41:47

Gavin Tomlin produces a cross, Ronnie Henry makes a clearance.

40:33

A goal is scored by John Mousinho from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Torquay.The assist for the goal came from Darius Charles.

39:53

Billy Kee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darius Charles. Mark Roberts restarts play with the free kick.

37:35

The ball is swung over by Eunan O'Kane, Effort from outside the area by Jake Robinson goes wide right of the goal.

36:13

Header from deep inside the area by Darius Charles goes over the bar.

36:09

Centre by Stacy Long.

35:31

Outswinging corner taken by Stacy Long from the right by-line, clearance by Kevin Nicholson.

35:24

A cross is delivered by Lawrie Wilson, Damon Lathrope gets a block in.

34:03

Effort from a long way out by Billy Kee goes wide right of the goal.

33:56

The ball is crossed by Kevin Nicholson, Lawrie Wilson gets a block in.

33:34

Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, clearance by Mark Roberts.

33:24

The ball is swung over by Gavin Tomlin, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

32:39

A cross is delivered by Scott Laird.

31:10

Lee Mansell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darius Charles. Stacy Long delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Scott Bevan.

29:42

The ball is crossed by John Mousinho.

29:03

Shot from 20 yards from Craig Reid. Save made by Scott Bevan.

28:33

Michael Bostwick produces a cross.

26:48

Darius Charles produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

26:42

The ball is swung over by Lawrie Wilson, Scott Bevan makes a save.

25:08

Michael Bostwick challenges Chris Zebroski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

23:23

Ronnie Henry sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Darius Charles misses to the left of the goal.

22:36

Jake Robinson sends in a cross, Michael Bostwick makes a clearance.

22:07

The ball is crossed by Jake Robinson, clearance made by Scott Laird.

21:00

Lawrie Wilson challenges Kevin Nicholson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Bevan.

18:43

Chris Zebroski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Henry. Chris Day takes the direct free kick.

17:50

Stacy Long delivers the ball, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.

17:23

A cross is delivered by Jake Robinson, save by Chris Day.

11:29

Outswinging corner taken by Joel Byrom.

11:21

Centre by Darius Charles, blocked by Chris Robertson.

10:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damon Lathrope on Darius Charles. Ronnie Henry takes the direct free kick.

8:45

Darius Charles delivers the ball, John Mousinho takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

8:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Byrom by Eunan O'Kane. Scott Laird restarts play with the free kick.

7:41

Billy Kee takes a shot. Clearance made by Mark Roberts.

7:36

Lee Mansell sends in a cross, Stacy Long gets a block in.

5:46

Darius Charles challenges Chris Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Bevan takes the direct free kick.

5:14

The offside flag is raised against Chris Zebroski. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

3:43

The ball is swung over by Darius Charles, Craig Reid takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Robertson.

1:20

Stacy Long delivers the ball, Damon Lathrope manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Branston makes Boro favourites Torquay defender Guy Branston believes the pressure is on Stevenage as they go head to head for promotion in the npower League Two play-off final at Old Trafford. The Gulls, who booked their place in the showpiece final with a two-legged semi-final victory over Shrewsbury, were among the pre-season favourites for relegation but surprised many by finishing seventh in the table. It was a similarly impressive season for Stevenage as they took to the Football League instantly, finishing sixth in their debut season in the fourth tier after running away with the Blue Square Bet Premier last term. But Branston, who was named in the Professional Footballers' Association League Two Team of the Year, believes the pressure is on Stevenage, who operate with a bigger budget. "It is a one-off game," Branston said. "No matter what anyone says about Stevenage, they are a big club at Conference and League Two level and they want to progress. "Their manager (Graham Westley) is so ambitious it's frightening and anyone who is ambitious is well liked by me. "They are a big, big club and the pressure is on them. We are a raggedy bunch of lads who are put together on a shoestring and the undervalued lot of the division. They will be more nervous." The game could have been the second time Torquay graced Old Trafford this season as they missed out on an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Manchester United when they were beaten by Crawley. Branston, who is still waiting on a new contract offer from the club, is determined to make the most of a second chance. "The hunger is there. If you're starved of something then you want it even more," he added. "I am so hungry for it, I need that fix. The lads are the same, we missed out against Crawley. Now we have that chance again. "It is by far the biggest game of my career. It has got everything - promotion riding on it, playing at Manchester United and hopefully a new deal at the end of it for me. I can't wait. "Ending the season at Manchester United's ground, hopefully with promotion, after the season I have had both personally and as a team is just a different class. "It's a long, hard season with a lot of ups and downs. We have got enough team spirit and organisation to do well and then we will party like it's 2000 again!" Manager Paul Buckle has a fully-fit squad to choose from but influential centre-back Jon Ashton is touch and go for Stevenage. Boro's player of the season is still struggling with the calf strain that forced him to miss the second leg of the semi-final triumph over Accrington, with Darren Murphy coming in at the Crown Ground as the only change from the first leg. Ashton is one of just several players battling knocks although Westley expects adrenaline to get them through. Westley is keeping the identity of those players close to his chest although he is boosted by the return of midfielder John Mousinho after a three-match suspension. Mousinho missed both legs of the semi-final but comes back into the fold at Old Trafford, although defender Luke Foster serves the final instalment of his four-match ban.

Formation:442Manager: Graham Westley

Stevenage

Formation: 442Manager: Paul Buckle

Torquay

  • Chris Day
  • Ronnie Henry
  • Michael Bostwick
  • Mark Roberts
  • Scott Laird
  • Lawrie Wilson
  • Joel Byrom
  • John Mousinho
  • Stacy Long
  • Darius Charles
  • Craig Reid
  • SUBS
  • Joe Welch
  • Jon Ashton
  • Darren Murphy
  • Ben May
  • Peter Winn
  • Chris Beardsley
  • Byron Harrison

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Match Report

Mousinho fires Stevenage into League One John Mousinho's superb 41st-minute strike lifted Stevenage into the third tier of English football for the first time in their history as they secured a 1-0 victory over Torquay in the npower League Two play-off final at Old Trafford. Graham Westley's side had not previously played in the Football League prior to this season, but can now celebrate back-to-back promotions. Mousinho's powerful 20-yarder proved enough to settle a scrappy affair played in blustery conditions, despite an improved second-half showing from Torquay. The Gulls barely threatened in the first half and could have few complaints at heading into the interval a goal down. However, Stevenage were largely on the back foot thereafter and Torquay came close to grabbing an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining when Jake Robinson's shot grazed the crossbar. Mousinho returned from suspension to take his place in Stevenage's midfield, with Darren Murphy dropping to the bench as a result. Centre-half Jon Ashton, who had been a major doubt for the game due to a calf injury, was named among the substitutes. Torquay manager Paul Buckle named the same XI that started both legs of their semi-final victory over Shrewsbury. After kick-off had been delayed by 15 minutes due to traffic congestion, it was Stevenage who enjoyed the better of the opening period. Craig Reid saw a goalbound effort blocked by Guy Branston in the fourth minute after good work down the left from Darius Charles. The hard-working Charles then got the better of Branston on the opposite flank and cut the ball back to Mousinho, although his right-footed shot failed to seriously trouble Torquay goalkeeper Scott Bevan. Winger Robinson represented the Gulls' biggest threat early on and saw two crosses cleared from promising positions. However, it was Stevenage who continued to look the most likely to make a breakthrough and Charles fired narrowly over in the 27th minute after Bevan had flapped at a cross from Lawrie Wilson. Billy Kee then went close for Torquay with an ambitious long-range effort, before Charles threatened again as his header from Stacy Long's cross bounced into the ground and over the bar. With four minutes of the first half remaining, Stevenage claimed a deserved lead as Mousinho surged towards the edge of the box before drilling a powerful shot across Bevan and into the bottom-left corner. However, Torquay came close to an immediate leveller when Branston headed wide from a corner and they went on to pose much more of a threat in the second half. Kee forced Chris Day into a sharp save at his near post and Chris Zebroski fired into the side netting after a rare mistake from Stevenage skipper Mark Roberts. Borough substitute Darren Murphy then missed a wonderful chance to double his side's lead as he failed to connect cleanly with a free header from Long's left-wing corner, before the lively Robinson struck the bar for Torquay with Day beaten. The Gulls threw men forward in desperation as the final whistle approached and Branston should have done better when volleying high and wide after his initial effort had been blocked. Stevenage held on with relative comfort in the closing moments, however, and can now look forward to visiting the likes of Hillsborough, Deepdale and Bramall Lane next season.

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