AFC Wimbledon beat Plymouth to secure League One promotion
League Two play-off final, Wembley Stadium – AFC Wimbledon 2 (Taylor 78, Akinfenwa 90+8) Plymouth Argyle 0
AFC Wimbledon secured promotion into League One after beating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in the League Two play-off final at Wembley Stadium.
Lyle Taylor’s excellent finish broke the deadlock after a turgid opening half and Wimbledon had chances to extend their advantage against a strangely subdued Plymouth before Adebayo Akinfenwa, in the knowledge he was to be released by the club, sealed promotion with a penalty deep into stoppage time.
Victory for AFC Wimbledon completes a remarkable journey in their already incredible history. They began life in the ninth tier and have now secured six promotions in the space of 14 years.
It was not only AFC Wimbledon's first experience of the Football League play-offs, but it was also their first competitive match at Wembley.
A weird and wonderful world. Wimbledon’s win created their own fairy-tale story after a remarkable season.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Danny Bulman (AFC Wimbledon): Typified Wimbledon’s fighting spirit all afternoon. Was creating chances up one end of the pitch before putting in critical tackles at the other.
Plymouth: McCormick 6, Mellor 6, Nelson 6, Hartley 6, Sawyer 6, Boeteng 6, Carey 7, McHugh 6, Jervis 7, Matt 6, Wylde 6. SUBS: Reid 6, Tanner 6, Forster 5.
64’ – SAVE: A dangerous free kick from Carey but Roos scrambles across to save.
78’ – GOAL! AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Plymouth. Kennedy’s cross is flicked home by Taylor as Mellor opts to clear with his head and gets nowhere near.
AFC Wimbledon celebrate their openerReuters
90’ – SAVE! McCormick tips Akinfenwa’s header over the bar from Taylor’s cross.
90+6’ – CHANCE! Taylor is through on goal but elects to chip rather than put his boot through it and it’s easy for McCormick.
90+8’ – GOAL! AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Plymouth. Forster trips Azees in the box and Akinfenwa does the rest.
Adebayo Akinfenwa scores the second goal for AFC Wimbledon from the penalty spotReuters
Not only was this AFC Wimbledon's first experience of the Football League play-offs, it was also their first competitive match at Wembley.
AFC Wimbledon are into League One for the first time in their history.
Lyle Taylor has scored in three of his four games against Plymouth this season.
Adebayo Akinfenwa scores in back-to-back games for the first time since September.