Morecambe reached third level in English football for the first time in its 101-year history, beating Newport 1-0 after extra time in the Ligue 2 play-off final.
Carlos Mendes Gomes scored the game’s only goal from a penalty kick in the 107th minute, to send the Shrimps to victory at Wembley and League One.
It wraps up a remarkable season for Derek Adams’ team. Morecambe had spent the past 14 years in Ligue 2, with more than one tight scrap with relegation along the way.
For Newport, it is a second final defeat of the play-offs in three years at this level. Their 34-year wait for promotion to the third tier will continue into next season.
Morecambe triumphs at Wembley to make history
It was a first half with few chances at either end. The main topic of discussion was whether Newport should have received a penalty kick after 12 minutes as Kyle Letheren grabbed Scot Bennett’s face as he attempted to hit a long, clear throw.
Liam Gibson came close to 42 minutes for Morecambe on the other end, played by Mendes Gomes before throwing a shot past Tom King which was then cleared by Liam Shephard, while Bennett saw an effort deviate a few inches from the aim shrimp in stoppage time.
It took until the 78th minute for either goalkeeper to be forced to a proper save, as Shephard’s fierce push from 20 yards was ruled out of Morecambe’s goal by Letheren, and eventually the game inevitably turned into an extra 30 minutes.
Finally, after 104 minutes, the game produced its first real opening when substitute Nicky Maynard scored for Joss Labadie, but somehow the Newport captain got the ball over the bar. six meters away.
Then, shortly after the break, the stalemate was finally broken. John O’Sullivan was knocked down by Ryan Haynes and, despite suggestions that it could have been out of the box, referee Bobby Madley pointed to the spot, from where Mendes Gomes did the rest.
Analysis: A story of two penalties at Wembley
In a game of limited events at Wembley, there is no doubt that the two talking points will be about the penalty which was not assessed early on Newport and the penalty which was issued in overtime on Morecambe.
Jobi McAnuff on Sky Sports Football:
“[Newport’s] was an absolute penalty. We see how well the goalkeepers are protected when the shoe is on the other foot. He has nothing on the ball and he looks like two hands. Zero contact with the ball – that’s a clear penalty for me. “
Michael Duff on Sky Sports Football:
“It’s not intentional, he came late and caught up with him but I think it’s a penalty.”
Lee Hendrie on Sky Sports Football:
“It was a dive for me [by O’Sullivan for Morecambe]. Certainly no penalty! You look at the sentence that should have stood [for Newport] and then this incident. It’s heartbreaking for Newport, sickening. “
Morecambe will play in Sky Bet League One for the 2021/22 season, while Newport will remain in League Two. The two divisions restart on Saturday August 7.