By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 18/05/17 10:31pm
Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two Play-off semi-final 2nd leg between Luton and Blackpool.
Blackpool reached the League Two play-off final in dramatic circumstances as a last-minute own goal helped them edge past Luton 6-5 on aggregate following a 3-3 draw at Kenilworth Road.
Luton lead 3-1 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate going into the 75th minute, but Armand Gnanduillet pulled one back to seemingly send the tie into extra-time.
However, Kelvin Mellor rose highest in the 95th minute to meet a corner before Ian Black’s attempted clearance came off the back of his own goalkeeper Stuart Moore and into the net.
It came after a controversial penalty decision, which featured a blatant dive from Danny Hylton, appeared to put Luton into the final.
Blackpool will now face Exeter in the final at Wembley on May 28 after they overcame Carlisle 6-5 on aggregate in another enthralling semi-final tie.
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer praised his players for their courage to come from behind to beat Luton and progress to the Sky Bet League Two play-off final
Luton took a while to get going in the first half, and just as they moved into the ascendancy, Blackpool took the lead with a blistering counter attack.
Mark Cullen, who was Blackpool’s hat-trick hero in the first leg, stormed down the right before sending in an exquisite cross for Nathan Delfouneso, who turned the ball home to hand the visitors a two-goal lead on aggregate.
However, Luton soon pulled one back after a strike from Alan Sheehan – which was heading wide – deflected off Mellor and headed into his own net beyond the helpless Sam Slocombe.
Watch as Blackpool snatched a dramatic late winner in their Sky Bet League Two Play-off semi-final against Luton.
Luton continued to press and took a 2-1 lead on the night just before half-time, with captain Scott Cuthbert glancing it past Slocombe following Sheehan’s perfect in-swinging cross.
On the day where the FA announced they would bring in retrospective action for diving, Hylton earned a penalty for the hosts 10 minutes after the break having gone down moments after Ian Black stuck out a leg.
Hylton picked himself up to score from the spot with a coolly-taken penalty down the middle, but from then on it was Blackpool on the front foot as they chased a way back into the game.
Luton manager Nathan Jones says he is extremely proud of his team after they lost 5-6 on aggregate to Blackpool in the League Two play-off semi-final secon
Gnandullet came on for Blackpool after Hylton’s goal, and 19 minutes later he met a Cullen cross to make it 5-5 on aggregate.
With the tie edging towards extra-time, Blackpool looked the more likely to score and came close through Gnanduillet and Bright Oyasi-Samuel.
But then at the death, the all-important goal came when Cook kicked the ball against the back of Moore following Mellor’s headed.