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Leyton Orient now on brink of promotion

LEYTON ORIENT 2, PETERBOROUGH 1 (Orient won 3-2 on aggregate)

Leyton Orient kept their promotion dream alive with a 2-1 victory over Peterborough in the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final.

Dean Cox crashed in his 16th goal of the season and Chris Dagnall added a late second to fire Russell Slade's side to Wembley for the first time in 15 years.

Conor Washington pulled one back for Posh in stoppage time but it is Orient, who led the table for much of the campaign only to fall away during the run-in and finish third, who are now just 90 minutes from following Wolves and Brentford into the Championship next season.

The sides were locked at 1-1 after a first leg which Orient had dominated and they continued in the same vein at Brisbane Road.

Despite their first-half pressure it took the hosts an hour to make the breakthrough when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area.

Cox's fierce shot hit Jack Baldwin square in the chest and unluckily for the Posh defender, bounced straight back to where it had come from.

Cox immediately pounced on the rebound, lashing it past Olejnik to spark wild scenes of celebration behind the goal.

With two minutes remaining Dagnall turned in a pass from fellow substitute Shaun Batt and although Washington bundled home in stoppage time to set up a nervy finale, Orient held out to book a Wembley final against either Preston or Rotherham.

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