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Doncaster Rovers (1) 2 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Carling Cup 2nd Round 2004-05

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Referee: Lee Mason

Manager: Dave Penney

Belle Vue 19:45

Attendance: 6,020

Manager: Joe Royle

Match Number: 3070

Goals

Home
 Ravenhill (6)
 McSporran (46)
Away
 

Substitutions

Home
McSporranMulligan (81)

Cards

Home
 Ravenhill 
Away
 Tony Dinning 

Teams

Home

Warrington

Fenton

Albrighton

Foster

Priet

McSporran

Doolan

Ravenhill

McIndoe

Fortune-West

Ipoua

Substitutes

Home

Jones

Beardsley

Mulligan

Match Report

Rovers stun Town

Doncaster Rovers left Ipswich stunned at the Earth Stadium as their 2-0 victory sent the Coca-Cola Championship outfit crashing out of the Carling Cup.

Dave Penney's side struck at the start of each half through Ricky Ravenhill and Jermaine McSporran, and although Ipswich made a fight of it late on Rovers were not to be denied their passage into the third round.

It looked like things would start differently though as the visitors almost took the lead on just three minutes following a long goal kick by goalkeeper Lewis Price.

Dean Bowditch, recalled by Joe Royle into the starting line-up, cleverly chested the ball behind left-back Nick Priet and into the path of Darren Bent.

However, the speedy Ipswich forward was unable to hit the opener from the edge of the box as home goalkeeper Andy Warrington parried his shot.

That early scare did not daunt the hosts as midfielder Ravenhill scored on six minutes.

Priet played the ball forward from the left to forward Leo Fortune-West, who nodded down for Ravenhill to burst through and confidently side-foot home.

Rovers were determined not to sit back on their early breakthrough though and came close to extending their lead in the 14th minute.

Two corners were cleared, the second of which was returned to taker Priet who delivered a teasing cross into the six yard box where debutant Guy Ipoua and Fortune-West were both denied.

Ipswich began to play the ball around and created a shooting opportunity for Bowditch but Warrington was again on top form, while the Rovers stopper also saved superbly to his right to tip away Jim Magilton's 32nd minute free-kick.

Tommy Miller replaced Bowditch at half-time but it was McSporran who made an immediate impact following the break.

Playing at right midfield McSporran struck his first Rovers goal with an unstoppable volley from the a left wing cross.

The visitors created more opportunities, particularly through Bent, but Warrington remained unbeatable in the Rovers goal.

Ian Westlake might have made it more interesting had he converted Drissa Diallo's right wing cross in the 82nd minute but his header was off target.

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