Rovers progress after pen shoot out

Rovers made the short trip to contest this Beds Senior Cup match at Creasey Park the home of AFC Dunstable.

The opening exchanges were dominated by the home side aided by the fact that Rovers made a sluggish start and allowing AFC a deal of uncontested possession early on. Just 5 minutes were on the clock when AFC centre-forward B J Christie broke free of the Rovers defence and he should have opened the scoring but fired wide of Dan Gould's right hand post. The opening goal however was only delayed till the 7th minute when Gould made several failed attempts to collect a loose ball in the area and, to his dismay, watched AFC midfielder Race Goodman slot into the empty net to give the home side a deserved lead. This became a wake-up call for Rovers and they rallied immediately with both Drew Phillips and Connor Vincent squandering decent chances in the space of a couple of minutes immediately after going behind. Rovers had worked their way into this match and it was no surprise when, after 25 minutes, Victor Osubu squared the match with a fine high footed strike that beat Daley low to his left hand post. There were further near things for AFC with B J Christie, Graham Clark and Christian Tavernier all guilty of wasteful fishing as were Osubu and Charlie Clayton for Rovers before the sides went in level at the break.

Rovers started the second half on top and were shading possession but that old failing of a final quality pass and a decisive finish continues to haunt the side. AFC's B J Christie continued to look dangerous but his normal deadly finishing seemed to have deserted him in this match. Gould had a fine save from Clark and a goal-bound back heel from Vincent nearly fooled AFC's Daley but the second half closed with no further scoring and both sides facing the obligatory penalty shoot-out.

Cometh the hour ,cometh the man and Rovers keeper Dan Gould shone in the shoot-out with two fine stops and its Rovers who advanced to the semi-final draw with a 3-2 win on penalties.

Final Score: AFC Dunstable 1 (Goodman 7) Barton Rovers 1 (Osubu 25) - Rovers go through after a 3-2 win on penalties.

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