From Vital Accrington:
ANOTHER cup game. Another cup surprise. And once again it is little old Accrington Stanley at the helm.
Doncaster Rovers of the Championship had already fallen to the Reds in the Carling Cup. Premier League Newcastle United strutted into town last week, and limped away following one hell of a scrap with Stanley and lucky to be in the hat for the next round.
So when The Reds travelled to Prenton Park to play Tranmere Rovers, there was more than just a little optimism for the tie.
John Coleman recalled Australian Under 20 International goalkeeper Alex Cisak for clash, handing the former Leicester City shot stopper only his second appearance for the club.
Stanley started well, but soon found themselves forced into making a change as Jon Bateson limped out of the game after just 13minutes, meaning former Preston youngster Tom Smyth, was called upon to make his Stanley bow.
After the change the hosts took control of the game and had the better of the proceedings, with Cisak on top of his game to keep Rovers at bay.
The Aussie was forced into stopping an Adam McGurk effort, just when the League One side thought they had taken the lead.
But it was Stanley who sprung a surprise as Ray Putterill scored on what was The Reds’ first attack of the half, ten minutes after the restart.
A long ball over the top baffled Rovers’ back line and some miscommunication between goalkeeper and defender allowed the former Liverpool youngster to steal in, knock the ball past the keeper and fire home from out wide. Tranmere 0-1 Stanley.
Andy Parkinson nearly made it two, just minutes later, as Stanley started to get a hold on the game, but his stinging effort was palmed away to safety by Joe Collister.
The hosts were just starting to look like a beaten side. And then came the goal.
Dean Winnard slipped up at the back, which allowed former Leeds United frontman Showunmi through to slot the ball through Cisak’s legs to level the tie with just 11 minutes remaining on the clock. But ironically it was his mistake which lead to his side’s defeat as the tie headed into penalties.
Luke Joyce, Andy Parkinson, Peter Murphy, Phil Edwards and Jimmy Ryan all converted their spot kicks for the Reds. Unfortunately for Mr. Showunmi, he fired over the bar to give Stanley victory.
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JP Trophy – Tranmere 1-1 Accrington (3-5 on pens)
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