Exeter beat Lincoln to book place at Wembley

Exeter beat Lincoln to book place at Wembley

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Ryan Harley’s stunning 25-yard half-volley put Exeter City 3-0 up at St James Park

Two spectacular second-half goals helped Exeter City make the League Two play-off final for a second successive season as they beat Lincoln City.

After a goalless first leg, Jayden Stockley put them ahead before Elliott Whitehouse’s goal was ruled out.

Hiram Boateng made it 2-0 just after the break, running from inside his own half before curling in off the post.

Ryan Harley’s brilliant 25-yard strike sealed victory, with Matt Green’s late effort no more than a consolation.

Exeter will face the winner of Friday’s second leg between Notts County and Coventry City for a place in League One at Wembley on Monday, 28 May.

Exeter should have been more than one goal to the good at the break as Robbie Simpson and Jordan Storey both missed good chances from close range, before Stockley scored his 25th goal of the season after a lovely header across goal from Pierce Sweeney.

Lincoln were dumb-founded five minutes before half-time when Whitehouse’s close-range blast was disallowed after Matt Rhead handled in the build up, although the Imps felt their striker had been pushed in the air to cause the infraction.

But Boateng’s spectacular goal – just his second since joining the club from Crystal Palace last summer – settled the tie as a contest as he barrelled his way through the middle of the pitch and beat three defenders before brilliantly finishing.

Harley’s third was almost as good, as the talented midfielder picked up there ball from a throw-in and effortlessly smashed home.

Lincoln threw everything at Exeter in the final minutes and pulled one back when Green got on the end of a Rhead flick-on.

The visitors felt the big forward was then fouled in the box minutes after, but referee Darren England again ruled against the Imps – to the dismay of the Lincoln boss Danny Cowley and his assistant and brother Nicky.

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May 17, 2018 at 02:06PM

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