Morecambe 1-0 Newport County (AET): Carlos Mendes Gomes scores play-off final winner from the spot after controversial penalty in extra time as Shrimps seal promotion to League One for the first time in their 101-year history
- Neither side could find the net within 90 minutes at Wembley
- Shrimp got a penalty when John O’Sullivan was fouled by Ryan Haynes
- The contact appeared to be outside the area, but there was no VAR to overrule it
- Carlos Mendes Gomes’ penalty in the 107th minute made Morecambe history
A penalty from Carlos Mendes Gomes in the 107th minute propelled Morecambe past Newport County into League One for the first time in their 101-year history.
A restrained 90 minutes in which the Welsh side denied a clear penalty in the first half spilled over into extra time.
And it took Mendes Gomes’ controversial spot-kick to banish past debt and relegation scratches into the past.
Carlos Mendes Gomes of Morecambe celebrates after scoring the winning goal
Gomes made no mistake from the penalty spot in the second half of extra time at Wembley
The winger sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to seal a huge win for his team
It must be said, the outcome was rather brutal. The challenge that led to the penalty seemed soft and crucial outside the box, as John O’Sullivan crumbled to the ground under minimal contact with defender Ryan Haynes.
Mendes Gomes is composed from the spot to strike cleanly in the bottom left corner and celebrate shirtless with the fans.
“I’m just really happy for all the supporters here today. They were at the bottom of League Two for so long, but today they are in League One,” said Morecambe manager Derek Adams.
‘Today was all about Morecambe. It was in the stars, it was our day.’
Newport manager Michael Flynn had to ask VAR after the two crucial decisions that decided the game.
Sam Lavelle van Morecambe wins Sky Bet League Two Play Off Trophy after victory
The Morecambe players celebrate after promotion to League One on Monday on
MORECAMBE (4-1-4-1): Lether 5.5; Cooney 7.5, Lavelle 6, Knight-Percival 6, Gibson 6.5 (Mellor 106min); Songo’o 6; McAlinden 5.5 (Lyons 75), Wildig 5.5 (O’Sullivan 90), Diagouraga 6.5, Mendes Gomes 6.5 (Kenyon 114); Stockton 6
Subs not used: Davis, Halstead, Pringle
Booked: O’Sullivan, Mendes Gomes
Manager: Derek Adams 6
NEWPORT COUNTY (3-5-2): King 7; Shephard 6.5, Bennett 6.5, Demetriou 7; Haynes 6 (Farquharson 111), Dolan 5.5 (Hartigan 63.6), Labadie 6, Sheehan 6.5, Lewis 5.5 (Taylor 62.6); Amond 6 (Maynard 80), Collins 5.5 (Ellison 86)
Subs not used: Townsend, Ledley
Manager: Michael Flynn 6
Referee: Bobby Madley 5
“I said two years ago that we need a VAR in these big games. It’s not an excuse,” he said.
“These are two terrible decisions and I am devastated by my players, the clubs and the supporters.
“I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll be fined.”
Shrimp goalkeeper Kyle Letheren started badly and was twice in no man’s land in the first fifteen minutes.
A long throw-in from Mickey Demetriou reached Scot Bennett in the penalty area, but he headed wide after Letheren collided with him. It should have been a penalty kick – referee Bobby Madley hastily allowed play to continue.
There was nothing to choose from between the two teams in the first half in a reluctant opening
The best chance in the opening half was for Scot Bennett, who put an extra time attack aside
Fans were welcomed back to Wembley as fans from both sides showed their support
Morecambe’s first shot on target 66 minutes into the game saw Ryan Cooney attempt a speculative 30-yard drive. Goalkeeper Tom King started right away.
Kevin Ellison, the 42-year-old former Morecambe player who was previously banned by Adams, got into action with four minutes of regular time left.
The game went into extra time and his captain Joss Labadie should have scored in the 104th minute, but a toe-prick from Nicky Maynard’s cross went over.
It would prove expensive as Mendes Gomes scored the winner just three minutes later.