Morecambe 1-1 Newport: Late Jamille Matt goal earns County play-off spot
Last Updated: 07/05/19 8:51am
A late goal from Jamille Matt secured Newport the final play off spot in League Two as they claimed a vital point with a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena.
Matt struck from close range in the 87th minute and with Exeter failing to beat Forest Green, the Exiles extended their season.
They had to do it the hard way and come from behind after former Newport youngster Aaron Collins gave the Shrimps a 20th minute lead.
The striker ran on to a long ball and kept his cool with a sweet left foot finish under Joe Day from the edge of the area.
League Two play-off schedule
|Thursday 9 May||19:45||1st Leg||Newport vs Mansfield|
|Friday 10 May||19:45||1st Leg||Tranmere vs Forest Green|
|Sunday 12 May||18:00||2nd Leg||Mansfield vs Newport|
|Monday 13 May||19:45||2nd Leg||Forest Green vs Tranmere|
From there Newport hit back and laid siege and looked sure to level just before the break only for Josh Sheehan to be denied twice in quick succession by the leafs of Morecambe keeper Mark Halstead.
The second half saw Morecambe create a host of chances but Day was the visitors' hero with two fantastic saves from Collins to keep his side in the game.
As time ran out Newport pushed bodies forward and were rewarded late in the game when the home defence failed to defend a right wing cross and Matt was in the perfect place to poke the ball home from six yards out to see his side end the normal season on a high.