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Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Exeter City

Exeter City booked their place in the League Two play-offs with an impressive victory over long-time leaders Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Goals from Jordan Moore-Taylor, David Wheeler and Liam McAlinden were enough for Exeter to condemn Doncaster to a third straight defeat which saw them slip to second place in the table behind Plymouth.

Moore-Taylor smashed in a 30-yard thunderbolt after 16 minutes, but Rovers were level in 26th minute when James Coppinger finished well from a tight angle.

The Dons endured a frustrating second half attempting to break Exeter down, and the visitors regained the lead just after the hour.

They were awarded a penalty when Joe Wright handled on the line, and although Ryan Harley saw his spot-kick saved by Ian Lawlor, Wheeler drilled in the rebound.

The win was sealed late on when Ollie Watkins squared for substitute McAlinden to score.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 3-5-2

  • 38Lawlor
  • 2Alcock
  • 15WrightBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMandevilleat 66'minutes
  • 6ButlerBooked at 56mins
  • 17Blair
  • 25GrantSubstituted forMayat 79'minutes
  • 4McCulloughBooked at 58mins
  • 10Rowe
  • 24MasonBooked at 90mins
  • 9Marquis
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forWilliamsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McSheffrey
  • 11Williams
  • 13Marosi
  • 14Middleton
  • 19Mandeville
  • 20Taylor-Sinclair
  • 39May

Exeter

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 30Pym
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 31Sweeney
  • 39Brown
  • 11Wheeler
  • 4James
  • 25Taylor
  • 7Harley
  • 12GrantSubstituted forTillsonat 69'minutes
  • 14Watkins
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Tillson
  • 10Holmes
  • 19McAlinden
  • 26Ampadu
  • 28Stacey
  • 29Croll
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
7,790

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Exeter City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Exeter City 3.

  3. Post update

    John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

  5. Booking

    Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

    Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).

  12. Post update

    Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Exeter City 3. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces Conor Grant.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Reuben Reid.

  20. Post update

    Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth452681170452586
2Doncaster4525101084533185
3Portsmouth452591173393484
4Luton451917967422574
5Exeter452181673532071
6Carlisle451717116666068
7Blackpool4517161266452167
8Stevenage45207186760767
9Cambridge45199175849966
10Colchester451812156557866
11Wycombe451812155753466
12Mansfield451714145248465
13Accrington451614155656062
14Grimsby451710185862-461
15Barnet451415165660-457
16Notts County45168215374-2156
17Crewe451313195466-1252
18Morecambe451410215270-1852
19Yeovil451117174962-1350
20Cheltenham451214194863-1550
21Crawley451311215169-1850
22Newport451112224972-2345
23Hartlepool451013225274-2243
24Leyton Orient45106294684-3836
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