DONCASTER Rovers booked their place in the second round of the Capital One Cup after beating York City 4-2 on penalties, writes Steve Hossack.
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The game was decided on penalties after neither side were able to break the deadlock in extra-time after it had finished 1-1.
City, who were celebrating their return to the Football League after being relegated eight years earlier, made a bright start with Jonathan Smith troubling keeper Gary Woods with a low 20 yarder and then shooting wide from five yards further out on eight minutes
In between the two goal attempts, Rovers’ Kyle Bennett had shown the pace and balance which he hopes will one day see him parade his skills at the highest level, on a dazzling run down the left.
Lee Bullock headed wide of the far post with a glancing header from a corner at the near post on 14 minutes.
Skipper Tommy Spurr headed wide from a right-wing cross by David Cotterill a minute later.
York keeper Michael Ingham produced a good save to keep out an angled Cotterill free-kick on 34 minutes.
The former Welsh international, who had scored three goals during the club’s pre-season campaign, shot just wide of the far post with an angled 25 yarder a couple of minutes later.
Rovers made the early running after the break.
Cotterill got away down the left on 47 minutes only to see his angled shot blocked by Ingham.
Patrick McLaughlin got an angled 20 yarder on target four minutes later but Woods was well placed to collect.
Woods made an excellent save at the expense of a 56th minute corner from McLaughlin’s angled rising left-foot drive from just inside the box.
Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders made his first change on 59 minutes, bringing David Syers - a more attacking midfielder - on for Paul Keegan.
Cotterill shot high with a straight 25 yarder on 62 minutes after carving out the shooting chance himself.
York broke the deadlock on 67 minutes with a superb 25 yard strike by Michael Coulson which gave Woods no chance.
Rovers drew level with a 73rd minute penalty by striker Chris Brown after Cotterill had been fouled in the box by Bullock.
Rovers: G Woods, Quinn (Wakefield 96) Spurr, Jones, Husband, Coppinger, Keegan (Syers 59) M Woods, Cotterill (Blake 105), Brown, Bennett. Subs: (unused) Maxted,
York City: Ingham, Parslow, Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Coulson, Bullock, Smith (Potts 112), McLaughlin (Challinor 87) Chambers, Walker (Blair 78)
Subs: (unused) Musslewhite, Blanchett, Johnson, Henderson.
Referee: G Salisbury
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