March 16, 2013
It's Ell for Dale
Two second-half goals from teenage winger Ellis Harrison gave Bristol Rovers a 2-1 victory over Rochdale at the Memorial Stadium.
The first, in the 62nd minute, was a sensational right-footed strike from 20 yards after Harrison had turned his marker on the right and cut in past another defender.
Rochdale substitute Michael Rose equalised with a superb strike from 25 yards after 75 minutes, but Harrison pounced to net from close range when the visitors failed to deal with Eliot Richards' 84th-minute cross.
Rochdale hit a post through George Donnelly's 57th-minute shot and could consider themselves unlucky losers.
They created the best chances of a scrappy first half, with Donnelly's 20th-minute glancing header from a Robert Grant cross flying inches wide.
Donnelly had earlier shot over when unmarked 15 yards out and he went close again on the half hour when just failing to get a meaningful touch to a Rose cross.
Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall had to produce a fine 45th-minute save to keep out a curling Grant shot.
|13 Steve Mildenhall||1 Josh Lillis|
|14 Lee Brown||5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff|
|29 Mark McChrystal||12 Phil Edwards|
|4 Dan Woodards||3 Rhys Bennett|
|2 Michael Smith||14 Kevin McIntyre|
|6 Tom Parkes||7 Jason Kennedy|
|3 James Paterson||29 Joe Thompson|
|32 John-Joe O'Toole||8 Andrew Tutte|
|10 Elliot Richards||40 Ian Henderson|
|17 Ellis Harrison||9 George Donnelly|
|26 Ryan Brunt||22 Robert Grant|
|20 Connor Gough||Steven Collis 13|
|21 Clayton McDonald||Michael Rose 25|
|30 Tom Lockyer||Peter Cavanagh 4|
|24 Ollie Clarke||Joe Rafferty 2|
|23 Jordan Goddard||Brian Barry-Murphy 6|
|34 Oumare Tounkara||Ashley Grimes 11|
|27 Tom Hitchcock||Andrew Haworth 23|
|Tom Hitchcock for James Paterson (55)||Michael Rose for Rhys Bennett (8)|
|Oumare Tounkara for Ellis Harrison (86)||Ashley Grimes for George Donnelly (67)|
|John-Joe O'Toole (31)|
|Ellis Harrison (35)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Rochdale|