Carlisle United secure promotion to League One at Wembley

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Carlisle United lift the trophy after gaining promotion to League One. Credit: PA IMAGES

Carlisle United have secured promotion to League One after beating Stockport County on penalties at Wembley.

Fifteen thousand Carlisle fans made the trip to Wembley for the League Two play-off final. It was the first time in twelve years the Blues have been back to the London ground - and the first time in nine years they've been in League One.

It wasn't a promising start after an own goal from Jon James Alexander Mellish at the 34th minute put Carlisle on the back foot.

The Blues managed to come from behind in the 84th minute to equalise thanks to Omari Patrick - but the two sides ended 120 minutes locked at 1-1, before the Cumbrians prevailed thanks to perfect spot-kicks from Kristian Dennis, Jon Mellish, Ryan Edmondson, Owen Moxon and Taylor Charters.

Carlisle United's Joe Garner celebrates after winning the Sky Bet League Two play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Credit: PA Images

Manager Paul Simpson has transformed the Blues fortunes this season from fighting relegation to promotion to League One and fans are celebrating both in London and in Carlisle.