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Griffin Park (ATT 9,109) 6th May 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: N Miller

Brentford Brentford vs Swindon Town Swindon

Brentford (4) 3

A Rooney (og 24)
C Donaldson (40, 47)

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Swindon (4) 3

A Rooney (44)
J Devera (57)
A Flint (90+5)
N Byrne (S/O 101)

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Brentford win 5-4 on penalties

Brentford through to play-off final after beating Swindon on penalties

Last Updated: 06/05/13 10:09pm

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Clayton Donaldson: Bagged double in thrilling clash

Clayton Donaldson: Bagged double in thrilling clash

Brentford beat Swindon on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Griffin Park to reach the League One play-off final.

With the aggregate score tied at 4-4 after a pulsating 120 minutes in the semi-final second leg, Simon Moore saved Miles Storey's penalty before Adam Forshaw fired in the winning spot-kick to seal the Bees' place in the Wembley final against Yeovil Town later this month.

Adam Rooney's unfortunate own goal opened the scoring, before Clayton Donaldson's neat turn and shot doubled the Bees' lead. Rooney made amends moments later, putting the Robins back in it from close range.

Donaldson extended the home side's lead, finishing well after intercepting Gary Roberts' wayward pass, but goals from Joe Devera and a late Aden Flint header sent the tie into extra-time.

Brentford were gifted a 24th-minute lead when Harry Forrester whipped in a corner and Rooney diverted the ball past his own keeper.

The Bees sensed they could kill Swindon off in the first half and recalled striker Trotta thumped a shot against a post, and they got their second in the 40th minute when Donaldson collected the ball on the edge of the Swindon area and slotted a low drive past Wes Foderingham into the corner of the net.

But Swindon were thrown a lifeline before the interval when Tom Adeyemi and Toumani Diagouraga got themselves into an almighty muddle on the halfway line. Town broke clear through Gary Roberts, and when his shot was blocked, Rooney was on hand to tuck in the rebound.

However, Roberts suffered brain freeze moments after the restart when his sloppy pass on the halfway line sent Donaldson racing towards goal before coolly dinking the ball over Foderingham to restore Brentford's two-goal advantage.

Yet Swindon refused to go away quietly and in the 57th minute, when Brentford failed to clear Raffaele De Vita's corner, Devera swept the loose ball high into the net.

Bees substitute Sam Saunders could have wrapped up victory but his curler clipped the crossbar, and instead, five minutes into stoppage-time, Flint nodded in Roberts' corner to stun the hosts again and take the tie into extra time.

Swindon were reduced to 10 men when Nathan Byrne was shown a second yellow for deliberate handball and Foderingham twice saved from Donaldson to take the tie to penalties.

But the Bees kept their nerve in the shoot-out and Forshaw's effort sparked a pitch invasion and wild scenes of celebration, relief and disbelief.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15