First team to book place in League One playoff final

    The first team to book a place in the 2019/20 League One playoff final has been confirmed after the first of two semi final second legs on Monday.

    __ came out victorious, but it had to go to extra time and penalties to decide who would come out on top and go just one match from potentially reaching the Championship along with Coventry City and Rotherham United.

    In Friday evening’s first leg saw a 1-1 draw play out at Fratton Park, with both goals coming in the first half.

    Ronan Curtis got the opener to put Portsmouth in front after halfway through, making up for hitting the post earlier on.

    Oxford managed to find a leveller through Marcus Browne shortly before the break.

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    It took a great save from Simon Eastwood from an effort by Christian Burgess keep Karl Robinson’s side in the game.

    Moving onto the second leg and the pace of the match was noticeably slower than their first leg tie.

    Pompey went onto this game looking to win a play-off game for the first time in their history, quite astonishingly.

    Their record stands at four draws and three defeats from their previous seven encounters including their defeat in last season’s semi-finals by Sunderland 1-0 on aggregate over the two legs.

    Pompey were quicker off the mark, however it wasn’t until the 38th minute that they once again opened the score, this time with thanks to Marcus Harness.

    He collected Ellis Harrison’s knock down before takes a touch and sends it into the bottom corner.

    The lead only lasted 10 minutes as the U’s equalised, though there was slight confusion and chaotic scenes when James Henry’s sent in a corner from the left, only for Portsmouth to make a mess of it and the ball made it’s way over just centimeters over the line, Ellis Harrison having the last touch.

    Kenny Jackett’s side hit the post with 20 minutes remaining, Ronan Curtis sent in a cross but John Marquis’ header hits the woodwork.

    Shortly after, Dan Agyei raced clear, got into the Pompey area and ended up being closed down, though he still managed a shot which hit the post from a tight angle.

    Extra time saw more chances from both sides blown, though it was the south coast outfit who put more pressure on.

    Both sides gave everything they got, but it was always looking like penalties was the way to break this deadlock.

    This is how the spot kicks played out…

    MARQUIS – GOAL (1-0 Pompey)
    WOODBURN – GOAL (1-1)
    EVANS – GOAL (2-1 Pompey)
    FORDE – GOAL (2-2)
    BROWN – GOAL (3-2 Pompey)
    TAYLOR – GOAL (3-3)
    MCGEEHAN – SAVED (3-3)
    MOUSINHO – GOAL (4-3 Oxford)
    HAWKINS – GOAL (4-4)
    BRANNAGAN – GOAL (5-4 Oxford)

    Fans reacted after the final whistle blew which saw the first team to book place in League One playoff final…


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