Tranmere scored a controversial late winner to see off League Two Accrington Stanley and progress to the second round of the FA Cup.

Rovers went close through James Gray's high strike and Kal Naismith's effort being saved by Owain Fon Williams.

There were few clear-cut chances in the second half until the late controversy.

Accrington's defence were caught waiting for the offside flag when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro found Ryan Lowe who finished in style.

Lowe also had the ball in the net in the first half, but that one was ruled out for offside.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's hard to take because we're out of the FA Cup but I was delighted with the performance.

"I thought we totally outplayed a League One side and I'm very excited by what I've seen today.

"It all boils down to converting your chances. If we'd have got the first goal, we would have imposed ourselves on the game even more."

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I'm disappointed with the way we played because we've played a lot better than that this season.

"We stayed in the game and dug it out without playing particularly well.

"For the goal, it was a great ball from Jean-Louis and a hell of a finish from Ryan Lowe."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 16 Hunt (Windass - 45' )
  • 27 Naylor
  • 04 Joyce
  • 05 Aldred
  • 06 Winnard
  • 15 Mingoia
  • 02 Murphy
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 17 Gray (Bowerman - 76' )
  • 11 Naismith

Substitutes

  • 01 Dunbavin
  • 03 Liddle
  • 07 McCartan
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 20 Windass
  • 23 Mahoney
  • 44 Bowerman

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 04 Taylor
  • 20 McNulty
  • 11 Bell-Baggie (Stockton - 87' )
  • 06 Hateley (Akpa Akpro - 59' Booked )
  • 09 Lowe
  • 22 Koumas
  • 15 Kirby

Substitutes

  • 03 Horwood
  • 05 Goodison
  • 12 Rowe
  • 16 Stockton
  • 18 Jennings
  • 26 Akpa Akpro
  • 33 Mooney
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 1,711

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

4 3

Corners

6 6

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.

90:00 +2:30

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

89:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 1. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

87:37 Booking

Booking Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

87:31

Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:31

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

86:40

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

86:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

85:41

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

85:41

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:16

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

82:44

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

81:04

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

81:04

Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:43

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

77:17

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:17

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

76:24

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. George Bowerman replaces James Gray.

73:55

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

73:06

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:06

Foul by Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers).

71:49

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

71:49

Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:12

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

62:09

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Peter Murphy.

61:50

Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:54

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:54

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

58:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaces Tom Hateley.

57:59

Attempt missed. Lee Naylor (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

57:25

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:25

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

53:22

Attempt missed. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

51:50

Attempt saved. Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

49:45

Foul by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

49:45

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:54

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:54

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

48:04

Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:04

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Nicky Hunt because of an injury.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:45

Attempt missed. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

45:00 +0:52

Foul by Lee Naylor (Accrington Stanley).

45:00 +0:52

Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:06

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Lee Naylor.

38:15

Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:15

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

37:35

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

36:46

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Tom Hateley.

25:14

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

23:56

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

22:50

Attempt saved. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:14

Attempt missed. Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) header from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

19:35

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

19:35

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:14

Attempt saved. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:40

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

18:09

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

17:16

Attempt missed. Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:18

Attempt missed. Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

15:34

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:34

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley).

14:45

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

13:07

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

11:04

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

8:33

Attempt missed. Lee Naylor (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:58

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:09

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

6:26

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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