Yeovil strike late to reach Wembley playoff final
Yeovil struck a dramatic late winner to move a step closer to their first promotion to the second tier of English football in a 2-0 second-leg win over Sheffield United.
Ed Upson nodded home with just five minutes remaining to complete the turnaround and sentence Sheffield United to a third successive season in npower League One. Gary Johnson's men took just five minutes to wipe out the Blades' 1-0 first-leg lead when Upson's top-draw through ball teed up Kevin Dawson.
But, after Jamie Murphy's curling effort crashed off the woodwork, the Glovers' strike pair of Paddy Madden and James Hayter both missed fantastic chances to put the tie to bed. Upson's 12th goal for the club teed up a pitch invasion and a clash with Swindon or Brentford at Wembley for a place in the npower Championship.
Yeovil coach Johnson believes that a number of his line-up are already Championship standard and the combination that saw the deadlock broken certainly would have looked at home in the second tier.
Dawson's well-timed run saw him latch onto a perfectly-weighted through ball from Upson. The Irishman kept his cool before sliding his effort into the bottom corner to nearly lift the roof off Huish Park.
Sheffield United then had George Long to thank as he denied Joe Edwards at the near post. At the other end Murphy came within a lick of point of an equaliser. Callum McFadzean drifted through a posse of green shirts before teeing up the winger who cut inside before bending in a curling effort that thundered off the crossbar.
James McAllister, a play-off finalist with Bristol City under Johnson's tutelage back in 2007, saw his drilled effort from a free-kick routine deflected wide after Harry Maguire had hauled back Madden.
Chris Porter, United's hero at this stage of last season's play-offs, fired into the side netting with the first chance of the second half after Dan Burn had done superbly to block his first effort. Five minutes later Madden missed a guilt-edged chance from close range with the goal gaping after being found by Luke Ayling's delivery.
Then Maguire's free header with 20 minutes remaining landed well wide. Yeovil have been late goal specialists this campaign with 20 scored in the final 15 minutes of games, but with time running out Hayter nodded wide when he rose to meet Sam Foley's left-wing cross.
Midfielder Upson may have only scored one goal from inside the box for the club but he showed Hayter how it is done in the 85th minute. The former Ipswich man met Madden's inviting right-wing cross with a lovely glancing header which dropped into the bottom corner to send the Yeovil faithful wild.
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