Tranmere Rovers sealed a place in League One next season with a last-gasp victory over Newport County at Wembley.
An engrossing game had failed to produce a goal, but did produce a whopping 45 efforts at goal, 11 of which were on target. The balance of power swung in the dying embers of normal time, when Mark O’Brien got his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
That hurt the Exiles who, just a moment earlier, felt they had a legitimate penalty shout turned down when Manny Monthe appeared to foul Jamille Matt.
Matt was a constant thorn in Tranmere’s side and only a stunning save from Scott Daves kept the scores level before extra time.
Tranmere certainly dominated the final 30 minutes and with just seconds before a penalty shoot-out, Connor Jennings bagged his 13th of the season to send Mickey Mellon’s men to a second promotion in as many season.
They’ll now join Bury, MK Dons and champions Lincoln City in League One next season.
Reaction has obviously been largely positive, with Tranmere worthy promotion candidates after a great first season back in the Football League.
?????? back to back is very impressive.
— Stephen Warnock⚽️?? (@StephenWarnock3) May 25, 2019
Huge Congratulations to all concerned. A club that kept it's head when relegated to non league. Richly deserved. Enjoy the celebrations
— Shane (@Valfonic) May 25, 2019
Well done the mighty Tranmere, Dad will be hitting the red wine tonight. Merseyside double still on
— Mike Halliwell (@halliwellmj) May 25, 2019
Watch out! We'e back! Well done lads!
— Mrs Hesketh (@Wkshesketh) May 25, 2019
Tequila! Well done from an Imp. You were good craic last season at Sincil Bank. See you next season!
— Chris Bell (@Chris___Bell) May 25, 2019
Absolutely thrilled to bits for Mickey and lads!!! Brill gaffer, deserve it!!! Enjoy ur celebrations.. Thumbs up Mickey!!! ??⚽️⚽️???
— Liz Johnstone (@fairmaidsainty) May 25, 2019
Davies saves won us that he was unbelievable! Micky was here for 2 in a row!! Made up heads gone great scenes what a time to be alive!! ?SWA
— Mark R (@thebagwell85) May 25, 2019
Love you boys. I’m in tears here. COYW
— Simon Williams (@simonw2112) May 25, 2019