Thursday May 17, 2012 Semifinal Finished Plainmoor

Torquay United 1 - 2 Cheltenham Town

  • Atieno 85’
  • McGlashan 76’
  • Pack 87’

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    • Torquay United
    • Cheltenham Town
    • 90+5' There's the full time whistle! Cheltenham complete the double on Torquay and will meet Crewe at Wembley on Sunday week for a spot in League One for 2012/13! Thanks for joining me this evening! Be sure to check out the full report and stats on and follow me on Twitter for more sports news and musings - @liamhappe
    • 90+4' One last roll of the dice from the hosts ends in a Cheltenham free-kick.
    • 90+3' Summerfield tries to hold the ball in the Torquay half but doesn't do so for long.
    • 90+2' Torquay have a free-kick near the left-hand corner flag but are unable to produce a shot at goal from it.
    • 90+1' FIVE minutes of time added on at the end here.
    • 90' Nicholson whips in a deep free-kick just inside the visiting half but Brown holds onto it after the ball flies past the crowded box.
    • 89' Harry Hooman replaces goalscorer McGlashan in the away side's final substituion.
    • 88' Another Torquay corner is cleared at the near post.
    • 87' What a free-kick that is from Pack! Cheltenham lead yet again and it's all happening late on here. Town should have finally hammered in the final nail in some style!
    • 86' Saah cynically gives away a free-kick as Goulding looks set to breeze past him. Lucky not to be booked for that.
    • 85' And Atieno heads it in at the near post! They need two more goals in five minutes to force extra time but you know they'll give it a go!
    • 84' Torquay have a corner coming up. O'Kane is ready to take.
    • 83' O'Kane almost lobs Brown from an angle, but Elliott heads over his own bar to prevent it going over the line.
    • 82' Burgress comes off and Jeff Goulding comes on as Town look to add fresh legs to see this one out.
    • 80' Jarvis heads over for the home side.
    • 79' As you can imagine, the home fans are in stunned silence now while the visitors are jubilant. A series of missed chances throughout the game have culminated in Town taking the one which will matter the most.
    • 78' Burgess fouls MacDonald and that's a defensive free-kick for Torquay.
    • 76' Mohamed with a brilliant through pass assist for the goal, which went in off the upright.
    • 75' MCGLASHAN! Cheltenham are ahead! And surely now they are Wembley bound!
    • 73' Angus McDonald replaces Stevens. That's Torquay's second change. 0-0 on the night with 17 minutes left.
    • 72' Ellis beats Burgess to the flag kick but only at the expense of another one.
    • 71' Summerfield goes low and hard from the set piece... off the legs of the wall and just beyond the far post for a corner!
    • 70' The midfielder receives treatment as Ellis receives a yellow card.
    • 69' Late challenge from Ellis on McGlashan and Torquay have a very central 20-yard free-kick.
    • 68' O'Kane and Jarvis team up well but the flag comes up.
    • 67' Great work from Jombarti before slipping the ball inside to Mohamed, whose effort narrowly misses the top corner.
    • 66' Town bomb forward with advantage to play but McGlashan's cross is cleared by Saah.
    • 64' Ball comes back in but Ellis misses the target with a header.
    • 63' O'Kane whips in a free-kick for the hosts, just inside the visiting half, but Saah is beaten to it by Burgess.
    • 62' Frustration from the home fans as Jarvis clatters Bennett which ends a Torquay attack with a Cheltenham free-kick.
    • 61' Lathrope makes way for Taiwo Atieno as the hosts switch to 4-4-2.
    • 60' Pack takes it, but it's comfortably cleared.
    • 59' Cheltenham win only their second corner of the match.
    • 58' Burgess triggers his umpteenth offside flag.
    • 56' Jarvis' looping cross from the right is also caught by Brown, who has been superb thus far.
    • 55' Nicholson with the follow-up ball deep from the right, but Brown claims.
    • 54' The away side get the corner clear.
    • 53' Mansell's header is deflected dangerously towards goal by Bennett... Brown tips over the bar again!
    • 52' Jarvis is penalised for a hand-ball trying to turn towards goal. Defensive free-kick to Cheltenham.
    • 50' The bandaged Burgress gets through for a 20-yarder... caught by Olejnik.
    • 49' Mohamed resumes his role as thorn in Torquay's side on the counter and forces a good save from Olejnik.
    • 48' Jarvis is caught offside soonafter, however, and Town have a defensive free-kick.
    • 47' Torquay continue the hunt for those two goals and Stevens' right-footed effort is saved by Brown.
    • 46' And the home side kick off the second half.
    • - Half-time sub for Cheltenham: Russell Penn is on for Spencer.
    • 45+1' And the one minute of added time is soon up. Half-time and the two sides are goalless, with Cheltenham leading 2-0 on aggregate.
    • 45' Now Town push forward on the breakaway but Olejnik is able to parry Mohamed's strike. Morris is booked for a foul.
    • 44' It's teed up for Nicholson... back off the crossbar! What a hit but still no opening goal!
    • 43' Torquay have a promising free-kick now, just outside the 'D'.
    • 42' Anyone think Torquay will pull this off? Time is ticking and some good chances have already come and gone. Follow me on Twitter and tweet your thoughts - @liamhappe - we will be publishing your comments.
    • 41' Brown claims a raking Nicholson ball into the box. Good take.
    • 40' Both of the last two off-key efforts from United were met by chants of "that's why you're staying down" from the travelling support.
    • 39' Now Morris goes for goal but it's well over.
    • 38' Oastler's cross sails straight out for a goal kick to the visitors.
    • 37' Mohamed cuts inside from the left but goes for goal instead of a square pass and Olejnik claims.
    • 35' The hosts want a free-kick on the right wing as they attack once more, but only a goal kick is given.
    • 34' An attack goes to waste but Torquay's attempt to break is also cut up pretty quickly.
    • 33' Visitors finally getting another sustained spell on the ball here.
    • 32' Now it's Spencer with a chance for Town... Olejnik catches.
    • 30' Burgess once again triggers the offside flag.
    • 29' As good as the hosts have been thus far, every wave of attack which doesn't yield a goal will risk demoralising them as the game wears on. They need two, remember.
    • 27' Cheltenham get a goal kick and another Torquay spell is finally over.
    • 26' Now Stevens from the latest set piece is denied by another superb Brown parry!
    • 25' The delivery is put straight out for another corner, from which a defensive back-header hits the post before Saah's rebound effort is deflected for another corner!
    • 24' Now another corner for Torquay coming up.
    • 23' Series of attacking throws for United, but Cheltenham are doing a good job keeping them out of their final third.
    • 22' Pace of the game just slowing a little now after that hot spell for the home team.
    • 20' Burgess is caught offside.
    • 19' Pack heads the corner clear before Lathrope fouls McGlashan to end the pressure.
    • 18' Jarvis is in now! Pushed around the far post by Brown! Great effort from a tight angle on the right.
    • 17' Home fans called for a back pass there, but it was far from deliberate.
    • 16' O'Kane's low cross from the right is helped on by Stevens but Lowe gets a crucial block in which allows Brown to collect before Jarvis can tap it in at the far post.
    • 15' Very even so far, a dead set 50-50 in possession stats.
    • 14' Burgess fouls Mansell in the middle of the park.
    • 13' Another home attack fizzles out. Cheltenham happy to defend their first leg lead in numbers here.
    • 11' The corner comes to nothing, and Mohamed is unable to find space for a chance on the counter.
    • 10' O'Kane now at the other end! Tipped over by Brown!
    • 9' McGlashan has a dig from 30 yards! Only inches away from goal!
    • 8' Stevens sets himself up for a volley but it goes wide of the far post.
    • 7' The home side win their first corner, from which Lathrope comes close to connecting with Nicholson's second attempt to get the ball in before Oastler misses the target.
    • 6' Pack takes it but it sails out of play for a goal kick.
    • 5' Stevens fouls McGlashan and the away side will send a long free-kick into the Torquay box from their own half here.
    • 4' Burgess has a pop at goal from distance for Cheltenham, but the effort doesn't trouble Olejnik in goal.
    • 3' The visitors break and Mohamed's speculative shot is put behind for a corner by Saah, with Mansell clearing a header attempt from the flag kick.
    • 2' Torquay start off brightly, needing two goals at the very least to stand a chance, but goalkeeper Brown ends up with the ball after their early spell of pressure.
    • 1' And we are underway!
    • 19:45 The players have emerged from the portakabin changing rooms and arrive onto the pitch.
    • 19:40 Match odds: Torquay 11/10, Cheltenham 5/2, draw 12/5.
    • 19:35 Remember, you can have your say during tonight's commentary. Follow me on Twitter - @liamhappe - then send over your thoughts on the game as it unfolds. We will be publishing your tweets here throughout the match!
    • 19:30 Tonight's man in the middle is Andy D'Urso.
    • 19:25 Cheltenham boss Mark Yates: "Martin's a top man and a top manager, he's speaking as it is but he's also getting into a bit of mind games. It is a precarious lead, 2-0 - they get an early goal and it's game on, of course it is. But I'd certainly rather be in our position and if that makes us massive favourites then so be it. We've got to handle that pressure. I've got every confidence and every belief that we can do that."
    • 19:20 Torquay manager Martin Ling: "They're now massive favourites, we're the massive underdogs. We need to get the first goal to make sure that we give ourselves a chance. We're in a war, the snipers are out there and the bullets are flying, we've got to dodge them going into Thursday's game."
    • 19:15 TEAMS - Torquay: Olejnik, Oastler, Ellis, Saah, Nicholson, Lathrope, O'Kane, Mansell, Morris, Jarvis, Stevens. Subs: Rice, Rowe-Turner, MacDonald, Atieno, Yeoman. /// Cheltenham: Brown, Lowe, Elliott, Bennett, Jombati, McGlashan, Pack, Summerfield, Mohamed, Burgess, Spencer. Subs: Duffy, Goulding, Smikle, Penn, Hooman.
    • 19:10 The winner over the two legs will meet Crewe at Wembley after a dramatic draw at Roots Hall saw the Railwaymen overcome Southend on aggregate. Crewe squeeze into play-off final
    • 19:05 Jermaine McGlashan scored one goal and supplied the other in Cheltenham's 2-0 League Two play-off semi-final first leg win over Torquay at Whaddon Road, giving them the advantage heading into tonight's second leg at Plainmoor. Full report
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the final Football League play-off semi-final of the season as Torquay and Cheltenham face off in the second leg of their League Two promotion crunch clash. Let me know your predictions and thoughts via Twitter - follow me @liamhappe and send them over, as we'll be publishing them throughout.
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