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May 14, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Roots Hall
SouthendSouthend United
Leonard (67'), McLaughlin (108'), Timlin (122')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Pett (55')

Result: Southend United come out on top against Stevenage in League Two playoff final

Southend United reach the League Two playoff final by defeating Stevenage 3-1 after extra time at Roots Hall and go through 4-2 on aggregate.

Southend United have reached the League Two playoff final by defeating Stevenage 3-1 after extra time in a topsy-turvy and dramatic clash at Roots Hall.

The first clear opening of the game fell to the hosts as David Worrall and Barry Corr linked up well on the quarter-hour mark, the midfielder firing a low shot that Chris Day palmed away.

Michael Timlin of Southend United challenges Dean Parrett of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League Two Playoff semi final match between Southend United and Stevenage at Roots Hall on May 14, 2015© Getty Images

Moments later Ben Coker tested the veteran Stevenage goalkeeper with a curling shot, but it came to nothing as the 39-year-old dived low to his left to gather.

Neither side could break the deadlock come the half-time whistle, although Corr had a great chance just before the break when he lofted the ball over Day, but the effort floated wide.

Stevenage went on to break the deadlock five minutes before the break when Dean Parrett's free kick on the edge of the box took a deflection into the path of Tom Pett, who slotted home past Daniel Bentley from six yards out.

It didn't take long for Southend to equalise, however, as a prolonged period of pressure culminated in Stephen McLaughlin's cross falling for Ryan Leonard at the far post, and the 22-year-old made no mistake from close range.

Tom Pett of Stevenage celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Sky Bet League Two Playoff semi final match between Southend United and Stevenage at Roots Hall on May 14, 2015© Getty Images

There was late drama as the hosts came within a kick of winning the game when Leonard went down in the box under pressure from Parrett in the sixth minute of injury time, prompting referee Graham Scott to point to the spot.

It wasn't to be, however, as Corr's chip down the middle ended up clipping the bar and going out of play to take the game to extra time.

Determined not to rue their missed opportunity from the spot, the Shrimpers set about trying to edge themselves in front and only had to wait until the 108th minute when McLaughlin smashed a bullet header past Day.

A tense period followed for Southend, but the game was ultimately put to bed right at the death courtesy of Michael Timlin, who curled a third from the edge of the box to see the hosts through to the final 4-2 on aggregate, much to the delight of the home fans who went on to invade the Roots Hall pitch.

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Barry Corr of Southend United battles with Dean Wells of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 Playoff Semi-Final between Stevenage and Southend United at The Lamex Stadium on May 10, 2015
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