Harry Forrester’s last-gasp goal spared Doncaster Rovers’ blushes and sent York City packing in the first round of the Capital One Cup, last night.
Paul Dickov’s men got off to a flyer on Saturday and sit top of the League One table following their 3-0 win over Yeovil Town – but they certainly took their time in coming to life at Bootham Crescent.
The Minstermen had the better of the action in the first period, with their higher-ranked opponents struggling to break down a resolute and solid York defence for lengthy periods.
It was less than satisfying stuff from Paul Dickov’s men.
And Anthony Straker was York’s most dominant threat in the first 45; with the former Southend winger giving Donny full-back Liam Wakefield a torrid time.
It was some neat play from Straker which set up the best chance of the opening 20 minutes.
He freed Michael Coulson, before the striker laid it back magnificently to Ryan Jarvis.
However, Jarvis could only fire tamely at Jed Steer in the Doncaster goal.
It took almost half an hour for Rovers to even muster as much as a shot, but even then, Curtis Main’s long-range effort was hardly going to trouble York goalkeeper Jason Mooney.
The chances kept coming for the home side at the other end; after the ball had moved forward at break-neck pace from the Minstermen, Tom Platt’s audacious attempt from 25 yards caught Steer cold, having him beaten to his right hand side.
However, Platt’s effort fizzed wide by just a few inches, leaving it goalless at the break.
Unlike the first-half – where York came flying out of the blocks – the second took slightly longer to get going, with both sides cancelling each other out.
However, a spate of chances just after the hour mark sprung the game into life; Coulson had two in as many minutes for York, but some incredible last-ditch defending prevented Steer from making a save.
The ball was then fizzed down the other end as Doncaster had their best chance of the game up to that point; James Coppinger provided an inch-perfect ball for Theo Robinson, but he could only head over from the penalty spot when totally unmarked.
The game had all of a sudden sprung into life; the lively Straker was next to create an opening, and this time Steer was called into action – providing a superb reflex save to a rasping shot from the winger, who had burst into the area with consummate ease.
Forrester – one of Doncaster’s goalscorers during their opening day win at Yeovil Town – came on to try and provide the deadlock.
And he would ultimately have the defining say as the game entered injury time – as the former Brentford man netted what would turn out to be a late, late winner.
With both sides pressing for a decisive goal to avoid extra-time, Forrester found himself some space on the edge of the York area, before checking inside Marvin McCoy and firing home with style.