03 Jul 2022

Play-off defeat for Stephen McLaughlin and Mansfield

Port Vale defeated Mansfield in the League Two play-off at Wembley

Stephen McLaughlin picks up three Player of the Season awards at Mansield Town

Stephen McLaughlin with one of his Player of the Season awards.

There was play-off agony for Stephen McLaughlin at Wembley on Saturday.

Port Value overcame The Stags 3-0 in the League Two promotion play-off.

Isle of Doagh man McLaughlin, who had a superb season - winning multiple player of the season awards - was again in from the off, but it was a day to forget for Mansfield.

Port Vale led when Kian Harratt headed home in the 20th minute and, just four minutes later, former Manchester United youth James Wilson doubled the advantage.

Mansfield had Ollie Hawkins sent off before half-time and Mal Benning wrapped up the win for Vale in the 85th minute.

McLaughlin went close to narrowing the margin on the hour, but the Inishowen native rolled wide of the post.

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