Lewis Collins gets the better of brother Aaron as Newport see off Forest Green

Newport County will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their League Two play-off tie with Forest Green Rovers.

And it was all down to a wonder strike and a bit of sibling rivalry!

Matt Dolan's terrific long-range strike opened the scoring before Lewis Collins doubled the lead – to get one over on his brother Aaron who was in the opposite line-up.

The visitors never got going and must now overturn the deficit in the return leg on Sunday night.

Prior to Dolan's goal, County had looked the more likely to score amid the persistent downpours. But nobody inside Rodney Parade – which had around 900 fans present – could have predicted the quality of the opening strike.

Dolan took aim and unleashed a wonderful effort from long range just before the interval.

It was his seventh goal of the campaign but surely his best, as he let rip from 25 yards out giving Forest Green custodian Luke McGee absolutely no chance.

The sliding doors moment occurred just after the restart when Aaron Collins missed a big chance – and barely a minute later his younger brother punished that profligacy to double the hosts' lead.

The 20-year-old latched onto a through-ball and even though it was a scruffy finish inside the area, he won't have cared one jot.

Despite a suggestion of offside, replays showed Bailey Cargill was just playing him on.

It could have got worse for the visitors, but Padraig Amond's lofted attempt nestled on the roof of the net as County had to be content with just a two-goal buffer.

The first leg of the other semi-final, between Tranmere and Morecambe, takes place on Thursday.

The final at Wembley is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31.

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