Crewe Alexandra, Southend United make Johnstone's Paint Trophy final

Johnstone's Paint Trophy
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Crewe Alexandra and Southend United book their places at Wembley with victories in the semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Crewe Alexandra will take on Southend United in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after both teams edged through their last-four clashes this evening.

Southend will make their first Wembley appearance in 83 years thanks to Ben Reeves's late equaliser against Leyton Orient in the semi-final second leg between the two teams.

Reeves's netted in the final minute to make it 2-2 on the night, with the Shrimpers going through 3-2 on aggregate.

Crewe also did it the hard way. Leading 3-0 from the first leg of their semi-final against Coventry City, Alex conceded two late goals to edge through 3-2 on aggregate.

The final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy takes place at Wembley Stadium on April 7.

Richard Wood and Carl Baker celebrates their team's second goal against Preston on January 26, 2013
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