Nottingham Forest’s on-loan winger Stephen McLaughlin played a pivotal role for Southend United as they progressed to the League Two play-off final.McLaughlin was introduced after the hour mark with his side trailing Stevenage 2-1 on aggregate.
He provided the cross for Ryan Leonard to fire Phil Brown’s side back into the contest before putting Southend ahead with a header in extra time.
The Essex outfit went on to add a third goal, confirming their place at the play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday 23 May. McLaughlin will be eligible to play at Wembley.
His appearance in the semi-final was McLaughlin's eighth since arriving at Roots Hall in March. The former Derry City man made nine first-team appearances for The Reds this season but is yet to play under Dougie Freedman.
McLaughlin also spent time with Notts County earlier in the campaign.