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Wednesday, 22 September 2021 21:32

Ghana forward Joe Dodoo bags brace for Doncaster in EFL trophy win over ManCity U21

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Doncaster Rovers had 26-year-old Ghanaian striker Joe Dodoo to thank on Tuesday night as his double downed Manchester City U21 at Keepmoat Stadium.

The Rovers were trailing 1-0 heading into the first 45 minutes due to Sam Edozie’s strike on the eight minute, with the visitors first chance of the half.


Rovers almost responded immediately with a beautiful ball played over the top by Dodoo which was half volleyed by Barlow, but unfortunately the ball only hit the roof of the net.


Dodoo then opened his account for Rovers on the fifteenth minute and brought the game back on level terms.


After Rovers equalised, City were forced into their first change of the evening with another British-born Ghanaian lad Darko Gyabi being replaced by Tai Sodje.


Rovers dominated from that point containing the opposition in their own half for most of the opening period.


One of the stand-out moments for Rovers a brilliant bit of passive play between Dodoo and Seaman which finished with a chance for Barlow who forced an excellent save out of Slicker.


In the final five minutes of the first half Barlow won a corner after an excellent shot was deflected enroute to goal.


Hiwula came close to scoring from the dead ball situation, but was narrowly off target. Meaning the game, however finished 1-1 at half-time.


As the second-half started it was end-to-end stuff and eventually Rovers got in front after Gardner’s ball from a corner bounced along the box before Dodoo volleyed home to get his second of the night for Rovers.


City were not going down without a fight as they came close on a couple of occasions to equalising with Sodje coming the closest when he hit the post.


Rovers did well and held their own to ensure they took all three points on the night.


The next English Football League [EFL] Trophy which is currently known as the Papa John's Trophy game will see Rovers travel to Scunthorpe United on November 9, 2021, with a chance of progressing through to the next round of the competition.


In the meantime, Dodoo and his Rovers side could make it three wins on the bounce as they make the long trip down south to face Plymouth Argyle on September 25.


By: Pascal Nii-Gogo Amoah 

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