York City 2 Luton Town 1
Report of match 20th May 2012
Reporter Tom Waller
York City are back in the Football League following a nerve-jangling but well-deserved 2-1 triumph over Luton Town in a tense play-off final at Wembley.
The Minstermen had to recover from the shock of conceding inside two minutes when Andre Gray steered across goal to give their opponents the lead.
Jason Walker had a soaring header tipped over by Mark Tyler in reply before the outstanding Chris Smith hooked back a Lanre Oyebanjo free-kick and Ashley Chambers smashed home his tenth goal of the season.
Early in the second-half Matty Blair latched onto Daniel Parslow's flicked header from a long throw by Oyebanjo to fire the Minstermen ahead from six-yards. Despite strong evidence of offside, Blair's 20th goal of an incredible season was allowed to stand.
York's James Meredith soon had a chance to extend the lead but headed over when well-placed and Chambers also had a low shot saved by Tyler.
But it was Luton now pressing for an equaliser and Gray went close six-yards out while Oyebanjo twiced cleared superbly from close to the line as York defended heroically.
When the final whistle sounded manager Gary Mills fell to his knees as the York fans celebrated reclaiming their league status following an eight-year absence.
|Competition: Blue Square Conference Play-Offs Date: Sunday, 20th May 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Wembley|
|1 - 2||York City
|28||Adam Watkins (Kissock 61)|
|13||Stuart Fleetwood (McAllister 61)|
|14||Aaron O'Connor (McAllister 73)|
|9||Craig McAllister (Fleetwood 61)|
|20||John Paul Kissock (Watkins 61)|
|20||Jon Challinor (Brown 37)|
|10||Ashley Chambers (Reed 78)|
|9||Jason Walker (McLaughlin 85)|
|7||Jamie Reed (Chambers 78)|
|26||Patrick McLaughlin (Walker 85)|
|19||Scott Brown (Challinor 37)|
|played at Wembley|
|Luton Town cards shown|
|62 mins||Alex Lawless||Unsporting behaviour|
|York City cards shown|
|87 mins||Ben Gibson||Unsporting behaviour|