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Wednesday, 17 May, 2000, 22:18 GMT 23:18 UK
Magic Magilton gives Ipswich glory
Dean Holdsworth
Dean Holdsworth: On target but on the losing side
Ipswich 5-3 Bolton (7-5 on aggregate)

Ipswich shattered Bolton's Premiership dreams in a breathless, invigourating encounter at Portman Road which featured eight goals. two dismissals and three penalties.

The hero of the hour was Town midfielder Jim Magilton who scored a sensational hat-trick, his third a last-gasp volley which sent Suffolk into raptures.

Sam Allardyce's side twice surrendered a one goal lead and it looked at one point as if George Burley's side would never quite recover from Allan Johnston's 50th minute strike.

Ipswich had struck an early psychological advantage before a ball had even been kicked when it was revealed that leading scorer David Johnson would be playing, despite manager George Burley previously insisting that he was injured.

One man who didn't deserve to end up on the losing side on a tense evening was Dean Holdsworth who put Bolton within sight of a second successive play-off final appearance with a first-half double.

The former Wimbledon striker stunned the home fans in a pulsating first 45 minutes when he gave his side a sixth-minute lead.


However he turned from hero to villian after 18 minutes when he felled Magilton in the penalty area.

And it was Magilton who dusted himself down before gleefully tucking home the resulting spot-kick.

Holdsworth then made amends when he curled home a magnificent free-kick after 39 minutes before Magilton's second penalty was saved on the stroke of half-time.


But after Johnson had brought a smart save out of Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in the fourth minute, it was Bolton who had the advantage when Holdsworth put them in front.

Key moments
6 mins: Holdsworth makes it 1-0 to Bolton
18 mins: Jim Magilton scores a pen
39: Dean Holdsworth strikes again
49 mins: Jim Magilton equalises
50 mins: Allan Johnston notches Bolton's third
90 mins: Magilton completes his hat-trick
94 mins: Jamie Clapham scores pen 94
119 mins: Martijn Reuser scores number five

It didn't take long for Magilton to make up for his penalty miss as four minutes after the restart he put his side back on level terms.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty area from Mark Venus' pass, Magilton beat two defenders before firing an angled drive high into the net.

However, there was more heartbreak for the Ipswich fans as Bolton moved swiftly back into the lead thanks to Johnston's stunning 25-yard volley.

Time seemed to be running out for the hosts until the outstanding Magilton threw Ipswich a lifeline by completing his hat-trick in the dying moments of the game.

And Ipswich booked their place at Wembley with goals in extra time from Jamie Clapham and Martijn Reuser.

Ipswich: R. Wright, Croft, Brown, Mowbray, Venus, Clapham, Holland, Magilton, Scowcroft, Johnson, Stewart. Subs: Naylor, Reuser, Branagan, Thetis, Wilnis.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Bergsson, Fish, Ritchie, Whitlow, Johansen, Jensen, Elliott, Warhurst, Johnston, Holdsworth. Subs: Banks, Hansen, Phillips, Farrelly, Passi.

Referee: B Knight (Orpington)

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