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Last Updated: Friday, 13 May, 2005, 20:39 GMT 21:39 UK
Hartlepool 2-0 Tranmere
Adam Boyd scored twice at Victoria Park to take his tally to 29 for the season
Boyd's brace took his tally to 29 for the season
Hartlepool seized the advantage in their play-off semi-final against Tranmere by taking a 2-0 lead after the first leg at Victoria Park.

Adam Boyd netted a brace for the home side with his first coming from a smart finish after he controlled Jon Daly's knockdown and instantly slotted home.

Daly missed a gilt-edged chance when he blazed over but striker Boyd spared his blushes with a 20-yard strike.

Hartlepool held on for their first ever win in the play-offs.

  • Hartlepool manager Martin Scott:
    "We are not the favourites. Tranmere are the big club and they have got the quality players.

    "It went well but we are not getting carried away. It will be a massively important game when we play the second leg on Tuesday.

    "We know it is going to be tough at Prenton Park. It is only half-time."

  • Tranmere boss Brian Little:

    "It's going to be hard work for us now. The second goal has given them a huge boost.

    "They scored goals at periods when we looked comfortable and I was disappointed with both goals.

    "At home we will have a go and give them a game."

    Hartlepool: Konstantopoulos, Barron, Nelson, Westwood, Robson, Williams, Sweeney, Strachan, Humphreys, Daly (Porter 63), Boyd (Tinkler 90).
    Subs Not Used: Provett, Clark, Butler.

    Booked: Williams.

    Goals: Boyd 32, 68.

    Tranmere: Achterberg, Jackson, Sharps, Goodison, Taylor, McAteer, Whitmore (Dadi 79), Rankine, Roberts, Hall (Beresford 83), Hume.
    Subs Not Used: Howarth, Linwood, Harrison.

    Booked: Hume, Jackson.

    Att: 6,604

    Ref: B Curson (Leicestershire).

    Interview: Tranmere boss Brian Little


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