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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 21:31 GMT 22:31 UK
Tranmere 2-0 Hartlepool
Hartlepool win 6-5 on penalties after extra-time (2-2 on aggregate)

Ritchie Humphreys is engulfed by Hartlepool team-mates
Hartlepool players celebrate Ritchie Humphreys' match-winner
Hartlepool won a place in the League One play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday after beating Tranmere 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out at Prenton Park.

Ritchie Humphreys struck the decisive spot-kick after Ryan Taylor and Ian Sharps had missed for the home side.

Tranmere went into the game 2-0 down but Taylor's 70th-minute free-kick pulled one goal back before David Beresford's sweet drive levelled it.

A goalless extra-time led to penalties and Hartlepool held their nerve to win.

  • Hartlepool caretaker manager Martin Scott:
    "I'm delighted, I've got great belief in these players and our back four and the keeper were outstanding.

    "Full credit to Tranmere, they battered us. They are a quality team and they showed it but a lot of effort has gone into our season and we'll enjoy it.

    "It was an exciting game but it didn't go to my plan and I aged tonight."

  • Tranmere boss Brian Little:
    "I could not have asked for more. We did everything we could have done.

    "Everybody played well, worked hard and I thought we played some outstanding stuff at times.

    "I thought we were the better team by far but all credit to Hartlepool. They hung on and I wish them well because they are a decent set of lads."

    Tranmere: Achterberg, Taylor, Jackson, Sharps, Goodison (Beresford 55), Hall, Rankine, McAteer (Harrison 20), Roberts, Hume, Dadi (Dagnall 119).
    Subs Not Used: Whitmore, Linwood.

    Booked: Hume, Achterberg.

    Goals: Taylor 70, Beresford 87.

    Hartlepool: Konstantopoulos, Barron (Tinkler 66), Nelson, Westwood, Robson, Williams, Humphreys, Strachan, Sweeney, Boyd (Butler 85), Daly (Porter 72).
    Subs Not Used: Provett, Clark.

    Booked: Westwood.

    Agg (2-2): Hartlepool win 6-5 on penalties.

    Att: 13,356.

    Ref: M Atkinson (W Yorkshire).


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