Blackpool beat Lincoln to win Ligue 1 play-off final



OXFORD United conquerors Blackpool defeated Lincoln City to win promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

The Tangerines, who saw United in the semi-finals, triumphed 2-1 in the Sky Bet League One play-off final at Wembley, thanks to two strikes from Kenny Dougall.

Lincoln, led by former U coach Michael Appleton, took the lead after just 48 seconds with the fastest goal in playoff history.

Ollie Turton had struck against United in the semi-final first leg, but this time he opened the scoring on the wrong side.

Brennan Johnson’s cross was thrown and the defender headed for his own net to give the Imps a perfect start.

Jorge Grant hit the crossbar for Lincoln, but Blackpool equalized 12 minutes before half-time.

The midfielder was dispossessed in a danger zone and the ball ended up with Dougall, who broke through the bottom corner.

It was the Australian’s second goal in two games, having scored in the 3-3 draw with United in the semi-final second leg.

The Seasiders turned the tide eight minutes after the restart as Dougall doubled his total.

Jerry Yates attacked the midfielder on the edge of the zone and he found the bottom corner.

He turned out to be the winner, sealing Blackpool’s return to the Championship for the first time since 2015.

United face Lincoln again in Ligue 1 next season, while Morecambe face Newport County in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final tomorrow for last place in tier three.



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