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NEWCASTLE AND SAINTS REACH PLAYOFF FINAL

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 thrilling penalty shootout victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

The visitors fell behind to Teddy Howe's goal on the hour but Tom Allan teed up Callum Roberts to equalise.

The match went to extra time and Reading thought they had won it when Jordan Holsgrove scored from long range.

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

Buoyed by that late goal, 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 in the last-four stage.

Will Smallbone and Tom O'Connor got the goals at St Mary's Stadium for a Saints side who this week missed out on the title and automatic promotion to Wolverhampton Wanderers on goal difference.

Smallbone gave his side the lead on seven minutes with a penalty won by Tyreke Johnson.

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

Saints get the advantage of playing the final at their home ground because they finished higher in the regular season.

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