May 28, 2018 / 6:01 PM / 24 days ago

Coventry seal return to League One after playoff win over Exeter

(Reuters) - Coventry City secured its return to League One, English soccer’s third-tier, with a 3-1 win over Exeter City in the playoff final at Wembley on Monday.

Soccer Football - League Two Play-Off Final - Exeter City vs Coventry City - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 28, 2018 Coventry City's Michael Doyle celebrates victory with trophy Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

Coventry, one of the founding members of the Premier League in the 1992-93 season, broke the deadlock just after half time when defender Jordan Willis curled a shot into the far corner.

Midfielder Jordan Shipley doubled the lead for Mark Robins’ side with a first-time finish before Jack Grimmer scored a third. Kyle Edwards netted Exeter a consolation goal.

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Coventry, who lifted the 1987 FA Cup title, have been in a freefall since relegation from the Premier League after 34 years in the top-tier in 2001.

The victory hands them their first promotion from any division since 1967.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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