PETERBOROUGH EARN THE RIGHT TO PLAY HUDDERSFIELD
Peterborough United will face Huddersfield Town in the final of the npower League 1 Play-Offs, after beating the Milton Keynes Dons 4-3 on aggregate.
The Posh were trailing 3-2 after the first leg but were back on level terms after just 11 minutes at London Road, when Grant McCann scored his 11th goal of the season and second of the tie.
Craig Mackail-Smith who has been in excellent form for Darren Ferguson's side this season, scored what turned out to be the winner on 54 minutes with his 34th goal of the season.
It was the third time the MK Dons have lost at this stage of the Play-Offs after previously losing out in 2007, 2009 and now 2011.
It's the third time Peterborough have reached a Play-Off final and Darren Ferguson goes in search of his third promotion as Manager, at the ground where he first made a name for himself and his dad certainly calls home.
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HUDDERSFIELD BOOK THEIR PLACE AT OLD TRAFFORD
Huddersfield Town will be competing for a place in the npower Championship, after they beat Bournemouth 4-2 on penalties.
The game ended 3-3 and 4-4 on aggregate as the Play-Offs really took off at the Galpharm Stadium.
It was end to end as both sides battled to the death for their place in the npower League 1 Play-Off final at Old Trafford.
The tie stood at 1-1 from the first leg and it was first blood to Huddersfield again when Lee Peltier opened the scoring with 26 minutes on the clock.
Just a minute before the break the visitors were back level, when they were awarded a penalty, just as they were on Saturday. Captain Peter Clarke was the man who committed the foul, as he bought down Adam Smith, with a rash challenge.
This time though Steve Lovell made no mistake from the spot, beating Ian Bennett in style, firing into the roof of the net.
With half time fast approaching the Terriers took the lead for a third time when Danny Ward scored his fourth goal in as many games.
Bournemouth weren't finished yet though and Lovell equalised for a third time for the Cherries, who came from a goal down at Dean Court on Saturday. His goal was good enough to grace any pitch and win any match but it was only enough to send this match into extra time.
Nothing had separated these two sides over 360 minutes of football this season, would another 30 make a difference?
Bournemouth took the lead for the first time in this tie on 104 minutes when Danny Ings made amends for his penalty miss on Saturday, heading home a cross from Michael Symes.
But the lead lasted just a minute before Antony Kay fired a bullet header beyond Shwan Jalal in the Bournemouth goal, to make it 3-3 on the night and 4-4 on aggregate.
The task got more difficult for Lee Bradbury's side on 112 minutes when defender Jason Pearce was sent off for a challenge on Kevin Kilbane leaving Referee Neil Swarbrick with little option.
Neither side could break the deadlock again after plenty of last ditch defending from the Cherries in particular which took the game into penalties.
Symes saw his spot kick cancelled out by Lee Novak before Liam Feeney and Anton Robinson both missed their penalties. Feeney saw his saved by Bennett before Robinson hit the crossbar.
The Terriers made no mistake with Ward and Kilbane both scoring before Antony Kay wrapped up the win, despite Shaun Cooper netting for the Cherries.
In the end Town went through 4-2 on penalties and will now face either Peterborough United or Milton Keynes Dons who go head to head on Thursday.
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DONS EDGE FIVE GOAL THRILLER
The one thing the Play-Offs had been missing was goals, and the one thing you're guaranteed with Peterborough United this season is goals so it was no surprise they were involved in yet another match that featured five goals.
Unfortunately for Posh fans it was their hosts Milton Keynes Dons who won 3-2 in the first leg of the npower League 1 Play-Off semi-finals.
Craig Mackail-Smith gave them the perfect start after eight minutes and it remained that way until the break but the home side responded with three goals in nine minutes at the start of the second period to take control of the match.
First Daniel Powell equalised two minutes after the re-start and three minutes after that Sam Baldock struck with a long range free-kick. Angelo Balanta made it three in the 56th minute and when Charlie Lee was dismissed for his second bookable offence 11 minutes later the stage was set for Dons to extend their first leg advantage.
However that didn't prove to be the case and the next incident of note saw MK Dons hit by a red card of their own as Posh clawed their way back into the tie in the final 10 minutes. Stephen Gleeson was dismissed for a foul on Mark Little in the area and Grant McCann converted from the spot to leave the tie interestingly poised for the return leg at London Road next Thursday.
The third game of the Play-Offs ended all square as Bournemouth came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Huddersfield Town at Dean Court.
After two goalless draws in the npower Championship Play-Off semi-final first legs, the first goal of the Play-Offs finally arrived after 22 minutes of this tie, courtesy of the Terriers Kevin Kilbane.
13 minutes after the deadlock had been broken Bournemouth were presented with the chance to level matters when Huddersfield goakeeper Ian Bennett fouled Rhoys Wiggins in the penalty area however Bennett saved Danny Ings spot-kick. The save took Lee Clark's side, unbeaten in their last 25 games going into this match, into the break a goal up.
The Cherries managed to hit back on the hour mark through Donal McDermott to ensure the npower League 1 Play-Off semi-final first leg finished level.
The two teams will now meet on Wednesday at the Galpharm Stadium to determine who will progress to Old Trafford for the final.