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Carlisle United 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster's 10-game unbeaten run came to an end as Carlisle ground out a 2-1 win at Brunton Park to get their own promotion hopes back on track.

Nicky Adams fired the Cumbrians into a first-half lead and a niggly, tense affair was settled late on when defender Niall Mason just failed to clear a Jabo Ibehre effort on the line.

Tommy Rowe headed an injury-time consolation for Rovers and Carlisle had some desperate defending to do before the final whistle.

A speculative 25-yarder from Gary Liddle had Doncaster goalkeeper Ian Lawlor hurrying across his line to cover the left-hand post as the ball zipped inches wide, but Rovers' top scorer John Marquis had the best early opportunity only to slice his shot wildly over the crossbar from well inside the area.

The first half became a cagey midfield tussle with Doncaster edging possession.

But it was Carlisle who took the lead in the 34th minute when John O'Sullivan got free on the right and his cross to the far post was volleyed home by Nicky Adams.

Reggie Lambe almost doubled the advantage shortly afterwards but his close-range drive was well blocked by Lawlor.

A second goal five minutes from time clinched it for Carlisle. Adams set substitute Ibehre free to the left of goal and his cross-shot just found its way across the line despite a last-ditch effort to clear by Mason.

There was still time for Rowe to head past Mark Gillespie and Carlisle were glad to hear the final whistle as the visitors pressed for an equaliser.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Gillespie
  • 28Liddle
  • 5Raynes
  • 15Brisley
  • 12GillespheyBooked at 55mins
  • 8Jones
  • 4JoyceBooked at 18mins
  • 19Lambe
  • 18O'SullivanSubstituted forDevittat 70'minutes
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forBaileyat 90'minutes
  • 9ProctorSubstituted forIbehreat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Ibehre
  • 16Bailey
  • 17Devitt
  • 20Miller
  • 23Miller
  • 27Waring
  • 30Bacon

Doncaster

  • 38LawlorBooked at 82mins
  • 17BlairBooked at 56mins
  • 15Wright
  • 2Alcock
  • 24Mason
  • 16Houghton
  • 26Coppinger
  • 25Grant
  • 10Rowe
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forMayat 72'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 7McSheffrey
  • 14Middleton
  • 18Keegan
  • 23Beestin
  • 27Evina
  • 39May
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
4,527

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 2, Doncaster Rovers 1. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Niall Mason with a cross.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Shaun Brisley.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.

Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

Attempt blocked. James Bailey (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. James Bailey replaces Nicky Adams.

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Shaun Brisley.

Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Own Goal by Niall Mason, Doncaster Rovers. Carlisle United 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Booking

Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Jordan Houghton.

Nicky Adams (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United).

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Carlisle United) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Jamie Proctor.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United).

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Carlisle United).

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Reggie Lambe (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces Andy Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Jamie Devitt replaces John O'Sullivan.

Attempt missed. John O'Sullivan (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Reggie Lambe (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

(Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Alcock (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster31196660372363
2Plymouth30193850331760
3Carlisle311413454441055
4Luton311410747291852
5Portsmouth30156944281651
6Exeter311541250341649
7Mansfield31121184134747
8Wycombe30137103837146
9Stevenage31143144948145
10Colchester30128104639744
11Barnet31111194042-244
12Blackpool301011943311241
13Grimsby31118123639-341
14Cambridge30117123735240
15Crawley30116133746-939
16Yeovil31911113338-538
17Morecambe29115133645-938
18Crewe31811123344-1135
19Hartlepool31710143755-1831
20Accrington2979133041-1130
21Notts County3186173456-2230
22Cheltenham31611143446-1229
23Leyton Orient3185183347-1429
24Newport30510153347-1425
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