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Bristol Rovers 4-1 Cambridge United

Billy Bodin fired Bristol Rovers into the second round of the EFL Cup with a brace of goals as the Pirates saw off Cambridge United at the Memorial Stadium.

Bodin's first in the 13th minute was set up by a superb 40-yard pass by Lee Brown, which left the visitors' defence stranded. The winger controlled the ball on the right-hand edge of the penalty area and advanced to find the corner of the net with a low shot.

The 25-year-old's second goal just before the break made it 2-0 and it was no more than Rovers deserved. The busy Stuart Sinclair passed to Bodin, who once again cut in from the right and his cultured left foot did the rest.

After a nervy start to the second half, Rovers went further in front as Ellis Harrison headed home number three from another Brown cross after 61 minutes.

Cambridge pulled one back five minutes later when Uche Ikpeazu stabbed home from close range, but soon after a spectacular 20-yard strike from summer signing Liam Sercombe made it 4-1 to the delight of the home fans.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forPartingtonat 52'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Sweeney
  • 3Brown
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7Sercombe
  • 14LinesSubstituted forMooreat 67'minutes
  • 10Bodin
  • 11Nichols
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGaffneyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 16Broadbent
  • 18Telford
  • 19Moore
  • 20Bola
  • 22Partington
  • 30Gaffney

Cambridge

  • 13Mitov
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Legge
  • 25Darling
  • 19AmooSubstituted forBrownat 70'minutes
  • 15Osadebe
  • 22LewisSubstituted forDeeganat 69'minutes
  • 11DunkBooked at 3mins
  • 10Azeez
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 21ElitoSubstituted forCarrollat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Carroll
  • 4Deegan
  • 7Mingoia
  • 8Berry
  • 18Maris
  • 20Brown
  • 30Iron
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,114

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Cambridge United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Cambridge United 1.

Attempt saved. Jevani Brown (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Carroll (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Jake Carroll (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 4, Cambridge United 1. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rory Gaffney.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Jevani Brown replaces David Amoo.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Jake Carroll replaces Medy Elito.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Gary Deegan replaces Paul Lewis.

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Chris Lines.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Cambridge United 1. Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Darling.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Cambridge United 0. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Brown.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Legge (Cambridge United).

Attempt saved. Harry Darling (Cambridge United) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

David Amoo (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

(Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Cambridge United).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Harry Darling.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Ryan Sweeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Joe Partington replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Medy Elito (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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