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Corkman set for second Wembley final appearance in as many months as Barnsley prevail

On-loan Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher was on the score-sheet as Conor Hourihane and Barnsley made another date with the arch.

Ashley Fletcher celebrates scoring his side's second goal.
Ashley Fletcher celebrates scoring his side's second goal.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

CORK’S CONOR HOURIHANE helped Barnsley book their place in the League One play-off final with an emphatic 6-1 aggregate win over Walsall following tonight’s 3-1 victory at the Bescot Stadium.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side sealed a 3-0 victory in the first leg and extinguished any hopes of a comeback for the hosts after just 17 minutes, when Adam Hammill turned in from close range despite Walsall appeals for offside.

Walsall v Barnsley - Sky Bet League One Play-Off - Second Leg - Banks's Stadium Hourihane, right, puts in a challenge for Barnsley. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Walsall put in a brave display as they chased a goal to give them the most slender of lifelines, but on-loan Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher fired in from Sam Winnall’s cross to double the lead just past the hour mark.

Walsall v Barnsley - Sky Bet League One Play-Off - Second Leg - Banks's Stadium A Walsall ball boy peers at the game. Source: Barrington Coombs

Jordan Cook curled in a sublime effort from distance to give Walsall some consolation for their efforts, but Rico Henry’s poor backwards header was punished just four minutes later as Lloyd Isgrove teed up Josh Brownhill for a simple finish.

Barnsley, who scraped into the play-offs ahead of Scunthorpe United on goal difference and finished 10 points behind their opponents in the final table, will face either Bradford City or Millwall in the final. It will be their second visit to Wembley this season, after they overcame Oxford United 3-2 in the Football League Trophy final last month

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