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Tranmere trailed by two goals on 89 minutes

Tranmere Rovers came from two goals down with a minute left to score three and earn a stunning win at Barrow.

An Adam Mekki penalty put Gary Brabin's side ahead early on but Jason Walker's penalty, a Simon Grand header and Andy Cook's tap-in put the hosts in control.

Back-to-back defeats loomed for Rovers but Lois Maynard's 89th-minute drive sparked a frantic finish and Jeff Hughes rounded the keeper to level.

Substitute Jake Kirby's deflected 95th-minute strike sealed an incredible win.

Rovers' manager Gary Brabin said his side showed "real character" to earn a win they "deserved" in what was possibly the National League's most thrilling fixture this season.

Hughes' first Tranmere goal was the pick of the finishes and his side - relegated from the Football League last season - are now eighth and looking towards the play-off places.

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'This club will be the death of me'

"Heart rate has just come back down to normal," read the Tranmere Rovers Twitter account on full-time.

The club's social media offering burst into life as the three goals flew in between minutes 90 and 95. Indeed, Rovers managed as many goals in six minutes as they had in three games.

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Supporter Ryan Ferguson tweeted: "This club will be the death of me one day. From all-out meltdown to mind-blowing euphoria in the space of five minutes. Stunned."

Do they wish it had been off?

While Rovers now have three wins from four, Barrow face the added pain of knowing the last-ditch turnaround leaves them without a National League win since November.

The club's Twitter account perhaps understandably delivered a sombre tone in comparison to that of their visitors.

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A healthy 1,766 fans turned out for a game which underwent a 09:15 GMT pitch inspection at Holker Street.

After such a tough-to-take defeat, Paul Cox's side may well be wishing the weather had granted them a day off.

Line-ups

Barrow

  • 12Dixon
  • 23Symington
  • 17WilliamsSubstituted forO'Reillyat 13'minutes
  • 2Cowperthwaite
  • 3AshtonBooked at 90mins
  • 15Mellor
  • 11PilkingtonSubstituted forWalkerat 59'minutes
  • 6Grand
  • 10Cook
  • 8HarveySubstituted forHaworthat 53'minutes
  • 29WilliamsBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 7Haworth
  • 9Walker
  • 16Fofana
  • 18Grimes
  • 24O'Reilly

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 7Vaughan
  • 24McNulty
  • 4Jennings
  • 16Hill
  • 12Ihiekwe
  • 8Harris
  • 29TomlinsonSubstituted forStocktonat 77'minutes
  • 11Maynard
  • 20HughesBooked at 55mins
  • 17MekkiSubstituted forKirbyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Sutton
  • 13Turner
  • 15Riley
  • 18Stockton
  • 23Kirby
Referee:
Ryan Johnson
Attendance:
1,766

Match Stats

Home TeamBarrowAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barrow 3, Tranmere Rovers 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barrow 3, Tranmere Rovers 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Barrow 3, Tranmere Rovers 4. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers).

  5. Post update

    David Symington (Barrow) wins a free kick.

  6. Booking

    Neil Ashton (Barrow) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Barrow 3, Tranmere Rovers 3. Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Barrow 3, Tranmere Rovers 2. Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Barrow 3, Tranmere Rovers 1. Andy Cook (Barrow) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Walker.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Kirby replaces Adam Mekki.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Haworth (Barrow) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hughes.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Barrow 2, Tranmere Rovers 1. Simon Grand (Barrow) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by David Mellor with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Barrow.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Williams (Barrow) header from the centre of the box is saved.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Barrow.

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