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Wembley delight for Irish duo as Millwall return to the Championship

But disappointment for three other Irishmen in this afternoon’s League One play-off final.

Bradford City v Millwall - Sky Bet League One - Play Off - Final - Wembley Stadium Millwall celebrate their League One play-off final victory over Bradford City. Source: John Walton

MILLWALL ARE BACK in the second tier of English football.

After a two-season stay in League One, the south-east London club sealed their place in the Championship for next season with victory this afternoon at Wembley.

A close-range volley in the 85th minute from Steve Morison gave Neil Harris’ side a 1-0 win against Bradford City in the League One play-off decider.

Bradford City v Millwall - Sky Bet League One - Play Off - Final - Wembley Stadium Shaun Williams with the trophy. Source: Nigel French

Two Irishmen helped Millwall to secure promotion today, with Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien both starting in the victory.

Dublin-born 30-year-old Williams — a former Drogheda United and Sporting Fingal midfielder — has been with Millwall since leaving MK Dons in 2014.

O’Brien, 23, a London-born attacker who’s been capped by the Republic of Ireland at U21 level, came through the youth system at Millwall.

Bradford City v Millwall - Sky Bet League One - Play Off - Final - Wembley Stadium Aiden O'Brien under pressure from Bradford's Tony McMahon. Source: John Walton

It was a disappointing day at Wembley for three other Irishmen, however, as Colin Doyle, Billy Clarke and Josh Cullen — who’s on loan from West Ham — were all part of the defeated Bradford side, who finished six points ahead of Millwall in the League One table.

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