FANS at Newport County's supporters' bar were put through the wringer this evening as their side played 120 minutes of thrilling – yet goalless – football, before ultimately beating Mansfield Town on penalties to seal a play-off final place at Wembley.

More than 1,000 County fans travelled to Mansfield for the match, but many of those who didn't make the trip were instead in full voice at Bar Amber.

"We're going to Wembley" was the chant at full-time after Matty Dolan drilled home the decisive penalty in the 5-3 shootout win.

These jubilant scenes were as much about relief as anything else, the fans put through far more twists and turns than is produced in the typical 0-0 draw.

The fans started the match in a lively mood, though there was early shock as Josh Sheehan, clean through on goal, instead volleyed wide – everyone in Bar Amber held their heads in their hands after initially believing he had found the top corner.

There were roars of encouragement after Padraig Amond shot wide, minutes before half-time, but when he flicked a free header over the bar, minutes later, there were signs of frustration.

The atmosphere in Bar Amber grew more tense in the second half, when Scot Bennett rifled a long-range shot against the bar and then Mansfield keeper saved well from a Sheenan effort.

The relief was palpable when a Mansfield free kick was smothered by Joe Day – the keeper earning loud applause.

In the first half of extra-time, a point-blank Day save was followed up by a goal-line clearance from Regan Poole, and the mood in Bar Amber became increasingly fraught as a penalty shoot-out loomed.

"Give the man a VC," was the call from one fan after a replay showed Poole hurling himself in front of the ball to deny Mansfield the lead.

As the teams prepared for the shoot-out, the tension got too much for one fan, who stepped outside for a cigarette, telling his friends: "I can't watch, I'm too nervous."

But any nerves inside the bar disappeared when Day pushed away Tyler Walker's penalty, and the fans were already in full voice as Dolan walked to the spot.

This was some celebration, but it will be nothing compared to the atmosphere when County play either Forest Green or Tranmere at Wembley on May 25.

As Bar Amber rocked, County director Ryan Courtney said: "I'm full of emotion. The boys smashed it from the first minute until the party was over. We're going to Wembley. We're going to Wembley!"