Plummer's penalty joy for Rovers

Second Division Bristol Rovers crowned a memorable evening by beating Everton in a penalty shoot-out to move into the third round of the Worthington Cup. Substitute Dwayne Plummer, who once featured in a Paul Gascoigne skills video as a youngster, scored the winning penalty in front of an 11,000 crowd.

Second Division Bristol Rovers crowned a memorable evening by beating Everton in a penalty shoot-out to move into the third round of the Worthington Cup. Substitute Dwayne Plummer, who once featured in a Paul Gascoigne skills video as a youngster, scored the winning penalty in front of an 11,000 crowd.

A stirring second-half performance by Rovers had taken the tie into extra-time as Everton failed to build on an early Francis Jeffers goal.

Marcus Bignot equalised in the 58th minute and Rovers, with teenagers Simon Bryant and Lewis Hogg driving them forward from midfield, almost secured victory in normal time.

As Everton wobbled, Mark Walters, Vitalijs Astafjevs and Bignot went close three times in as many minutes but the Premiership side held on.

Everton were without David Weir, Paul Gascoigne and Kevin Campbell who, despite scoring in the first leg 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, had to be content with a place on the bench. Their manager, Walter Smith, decided to pair Mark Hughes with Francis Jeffers up front.

The Premiership side took the lead in the 14th minute when, not for the last time, Steve Watson brought the ball out of defence. As Rovers back-pedalled, Watson advanced over half-way and put the ball beyond their back three for Jeffers, looking suspiciously offside, to run on and score with a low right-foot shot across Nick Culkin from 12 yards.

Midway through the half Everton attacked down the right only for crosses by Thomas Graveson and then Joe-Max Moore to be cleared with some desperation.

Just after the half-hour, Rovers forced Paul Gerrard into serious action for the first time with a well-struck free-kick by Astafjevs, then Graveson's deflected shot from outside the penalty area was brilliantly beaten away by Culkin.

Eight minutes from the interval Everton missed a golden opportunity to go further ahead when Moore fired wastefully over. Jeffers was injured in the attack and was replaced by Alec Cleland.

Three minutes later, the Memorial Stadium erupted when Rovers rounded off a good spell of pressure with the equaliser. Scott Jones linked up well with Ellington before the striker's shot was parried by Gerrard straight into the path of Bignot. The wing-back gleefully side-footed the ball in.

Within 20 seconds of the start of extra-time, Gravesen should have put the visitors back in front but Culkin saved with his legs. Only a vital tackle from Dunne denied Ellington a clear sight on goal barely six yards out. Ellington then somehow rode three challenges, fell over but regained his feet to smash in a shot which Gerrard kicked over the bar.

 

Bristol Rovers (3-5-2): Culkin; Andreasson (Walters, h-t), Foster, Jones; Bignot, Hogg (Plummer 86), Bryant, Astafjevs, Wilson; Ellington, Ellis. Substitutes not used: Foran, Meaker, Glennon (gk).

Everton (3-5-2): Gerrard; Dunne, Watson, Unsworth (Ball, h-t); Alexandersson, Graveson, Max-Moore, Nyarko, S Hughes; Jeffers (Cleland, 39), M Hughes (Campbell, 76). Substitutes not used: Simonsen (gk), Gemmill.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'