Carlow man Padraig Amond and his Newport County side will stay in League Two next season after Morecambe got the better of them in yesterday’s playoff final.
The Shrimps’ magic moment came in the second period of extra time when referee Bobby Madley judged Ryan Haynes had fouled John O’Sullivan.
Then Carlos Mendes Gomes scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 107th minute
Newport saw a first-half penalty appeal of their own controversially not given.
Morecambe have reached the third tier of English football for the first time in their 101-year history however for Newport, it is a second play-off final defeat in three years.
Their 34-year wait for promotion to the third tier will go on into next season.