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May 30, 2016 at 3pm UK at ​Wembley
AFC Wimbledon
2-0
PlymouthPlymouth Argyle
Taylor (78'), Akinfenwa (99' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: AFC Wimbledon promoted to League One for first time in 14-year history

AFC Wimbledon are promoted to League One for the first time in their 14-year history following a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in a playoff at Wembley.

AFC Wimbledon have earned promotion to League One for the first time in their 14-year history after beating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in today's playoff at Wembley.

Lyle Taylor scored in the 78th minute and Adebayo Akinfenwa wrapped it up nine minutes into stoppage time with a penalty.

Adebayo Akinfenwa of Wimbledon scores his side's second goal from a penalty on May 30, 2016© Getty Images

It was a tense battle between the two sides, both of whom had roaring support in the Wembley crowd, but chances were few and far between in the early stages of the match.

Wimbledon came closest to scoring inside the opening 10 minutes when the ball was headed across goal, but Taylor's flick from eight yards out did little to trouble goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

At the other end, Graham Carey tried to find the breakthrough with a 35-yard shot for Plymouth, but there was too much flight on the ball and it flew over the crossbar.

Wimbledon had a decent spell of pressure in the first half as a block from Kelvin Mellor was needed to deny a shot from Andy Barcham, while Callum Kennedy attempted to fire home from 30 yards out, but McCormick managed to catch the ball.

After the half-time break, Carl McHugh almost sent the ball into his own net after looping it back to the keeper, but his touch was heavy and missed McCormick, who watched the ball bobble slightly wide of the post.

After surviving the gaffe, Plymouth were on the back foot when Taylor charged down the left-hand side before delivering a cross into the danger area.

The ball looked as though it was dropping to Tom Elliott, but Curtis Nelson bravely headed it away to thwart Wimbledon's attack.

A few minutes later, Plymouth had an opportunity to strike from a set piece as Carey lined up a free kick in a dangerous position, but his attempt was scrambled away by goalkeeper Kelle Roos.

That 65th-minute free kick was Plymouth's first effort on target, and they were left to rue the missed opportunity as Wimbledon later took the lead.

With 11 minutes of normal time left on the clock, Kennedy whipped the ball into the box from the right-hand side to find Taylor, who skilfully flicked it into the far corner.

Barry Fuller should have made it 2-0 in the closing stages of the match, but his attempt from close range was denied by the keeper.

During stoppage time, which was indicted as seven minutes, Plymouth tried to force the match into extra time with an equaliser, but they ran out of ideas.

As it turned out, Akinfenwa hammered the final nail in the coffin when he slotted home a penalty seconds before the final whistle.

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