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2018/19 National League, Final
  • Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (15')
  • Carl Piergianni (53')
  • Ibou Touray (61')

Man United 'Class of 92' stars celebrate Salford City promotion

Manchester United "Class of 92" members Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham are the co-owners of a Football League club after Salford City beat AFC Fylde 3-0 to win the National League playoff final at Wembley.

Goals from Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Carl Piergianni and Ibou Touray mean Salford are elevated to the fourth tier of English football for the first time in their history after a final between two sides who have never played in the Football League.

Fylde created the game's first danger inside the opening minute when Alex Reid was just unable to get on the end of a low ball into the penalty area.

Salford soon hit back, Scott Wiseman firing narrowly wide from outside the area and Danny Whitehead blasting over.

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They made the breakthrough after quarter of an hour, Devonte Redmond's free-kick causing chaos in the Fylde defence and Dieseruvwe profiting to slide the ball in from close range.

Fylde brought on former Salford player Nick Haughton for the injured Luke Burke in an enforced early change and almost found themselves 2-0 down when a Nathan Pond header went just wide.

Andy Bond fired over for Fylde after a neat exchange of passes had freed him inside the penalty area, but Salford almost doubled their lead within seconds of the start of the second half, Dieseruvwe bulleting a header narrowly wide after a cross from the right.

And after Lois Maynard's shot was deflected over, they took a giant step towards the Football League, defender Piergianni thumping home a header from the resulting corner to make it 2-0.

On the hour it was game over, Touray getting down the left and his intended cross sailing over keeper Jay Lynch and going in off the far post to kick-start the celebrations among the watching former United stars.