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Ebbsfleet United 2-6 Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster fought back from two goals down to beat 10-man Ebbsfleet and avoid an FA Cup upset.

Ebbsfleet had not beaten Football League opposition in the cup for 22 years, but a shock looked on the cards when Danny Kedwell converted a penalty, before goalkeeper Ian Lawlor was beaten again two minutes later by Luke Coulson.

But the home side conceded in first-half stoppage time as Tommy Rowe pulled one back, and before the break Doncaster were level when John Marquis finished off a rebound.

Experienced striker James Coppinger put the Dons in front seven minutes into the second half, with Jordan Houghton adding a fourth.

The hosts finished a man down when Chris Bush received a second yellow card for taking out Coppinger with 10 minutes left.

And the advantage paid off as Coppinger fired home an 82nd-minute penalty, with Rowe grabbing his second five minutes from time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ashmore
  • 24MagriBooked at 76mins
  • 6Clark
  • 18MamboSubstituted forBrandyat 58'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 26BushBooked at 80mins
  • 12CookSubstituted forShieldsat 76'minutes
  • 7Powell
  • 4RanceBooked at 2mins
  • 25Coulson
  • 11Weston
  • 9KedwellSubstituted forMcCoyat 84'minutes


  • 2McCoy
  • 3Connors
  • 10McLean
  • 13Miles
  • 17Shields
  • 19Mills
  • 29Brandy


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1LawlorBooked at 35mins
  • 2AlcockSubstituted forMasonat 46'minutes
  • 5Baudry
  • 6Butler
  • 18Toffolo
  • 16Houghton
  • 7KongoloBooked at 57mins
  • 17Blair
  • 10RoweSubstituted forBeestinat 86'minutes
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forBen Khemisat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Marquis


  • 8Mason
  • 11Williams
  • 13Marosi
  • 14Mandeville
  • 22Beestin
  • 27Ben Khemis
  • 39Amos
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Match Stats

Home TeamEbbsfleetAway TeamDoncaster
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ebbsfleet United 2, Doncaster Rovers 6.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ebbsfleet United 2, Doncaster Rovers 6.

  3. Booking

    Issam Ben Khemis (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Jack Powell (Ebbsfleet United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Issam Ben Khemis (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Myles Weston (Ebbsfleet United).

  7. Post update

    Issam Ben Khemis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Jack Powell (Ebbsfleet United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Issam Ben Khemis (Doncaster Rovers).

  10. Booking

    Febian Brandy (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie Beestin replaces Tommy Rowe.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Ebbsfleet United 2, Doncaster Rovers 6. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Issam Ben Khemis.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Marvin McCoy replaces Danny Kedwell.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Issam Ben Khemis replaces James Coppinger.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Ebbsfleet United 2, Doncaster Rovers 5. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Kenny Clark (Ebbsfleet United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Doncaster Rovers. John Marquis draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Chris Bush (Ebbsfleet United) for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Chris Bush (Ebbsfleet United).

  20. Post update

    James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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