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17 May 2020

Magic Magilton makes his mark as Blues beat Bolton

Today marks 20 years since Town beat Bolton 5-3 in the First Division play-offs semi-final second leg at Portman Road.

Following a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium in the first leg, the second leg would go down in ITFC folklore as Blues progressed 7-5 on aggregate.

Suffolk witnessed a breathless encounter that featured eight goals, two dismissals, three penalties, and, of course, that Jim Magilton hat-trick as Town booked their place at Wembley.

Bolton had the advantage early on as Dean Holdsworth opened the scoring, but a Magilton penalty in the 18th minute would level the scores at one a piece.

Holdsworth struck again six minutes before half-time, though, for Bolton to restore their lead.

Town were then awarded another penalty on the stroke of half-time, but Jussi Jaaskelainen denied Magilton from the spot.

Magilton would level again four minutes after the restart, though, when he drove the ball into the roof of the net having evaded two Bolton defenders.

However, there was more heartbreak for the Blues fans as Bolton moved swiftly back into the lead thanks to Allan Johnston's stunning 25-yard volley just a minute later.

Time seemed to be running out for the hosts but in the final minute of normal time Magilton again stepped up to the mark when he volleyed the ball into the bottom corner following Tony Mowbray's knockdown.

Seconds before the final whistle, Mike Whitlow brought down Marcus Stewart and was given his marching orders to leave the visitors with 10 men for extra-time.

Blues would make the extra man count as they stormed clear thanks to goals from Jamie Clapham and Martijn Reuser - the former from the penalty spot, while Bolton ended the night with nine men as Robbie Elliott was dismissed in the 97th minute.


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