Premier League 2

Newcastle and Saints reach PL2 playoff final

3 May 2019
Newcastle's Jamie Sterry and Southampton's Will Smallbone

Magpies triumph over Reading in shootout and will visit Southampton, who beat Aston Villa, with Division 1 place at stake

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Newcastle United and Southampton progressed to the Division 2 playoff final following semi-final victories on Friday night.

The Magpies came through thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Reading at Madejski Stadium. 

Newcastle fell behind to Teddy Howe's goal on the hour but Callum Roberts equalised. 

The match went to extra-time, where Reading thought they had won it through Jordan Holsgrove's long-range strike. 

But Newcastle were awarded a penalty in added time and Kelland Watts kept his cool to convert. 

Newcastle triumphed in the shootout as goalkeeper Nathan Harker saved three times to allow Jamie Sterry (pictured) to strike the winning spot-kick.

See: Reading report | Newcastle report

Saints through to home final

Southampton will host the Division 2 playoff final after beating Aston Villa 2-0.

Will Smallbone and Tom O'Connor got the goals at St Mary's. 

Smallbone gave his side the lead on seven minutes with a penalty. 

Captain O'Connor sealed the win with a stunning 30-yard free-kick. 

Southampton will play the final at home because they finished higher in the regular season. 

See: Southampton report | Aston Villa report

Friday's PL2 Division 1 result

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