The FA Cup - First Round
TranmereTranmere Rovers3Oxford CityOxford City3

Kabongo Tshimanga scored a stunning hat-trick for Oxford City but they were denied a major FA Cup upset by a late James Norwood goal in their draw at Tranmere.

The National League South side fell behind to a first-half Connor Jennings goal but Tshimanga hit back either side of the break to put City in front.

Micky Mellon made changes, bringing on Ben Tollitt and Johnny Smith in pursuit of more attacking width.

Jennings pulled rattled Rovers level 11 minutes from time with a bullet header from an Ollie Banks corner.

Tshimanga had other ideas and netted again four minutes later to seemingly seal a shock win.

But in the final minute of normal time, Norwood stroked home from the edge of the box to clinch a replay and spare the Football League side's blushes.

It was the least the non-league visitors deserved, having played the better attacking football and causing Tranmere's defence all manner of problems.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 5McNulty
  • 6Monthe
  • 2Buxton
  • 8HarrisSubstituted forGilmourat 71'minutes
  • 28Banks
  • 11Jennings
  • 29ColeSubstituted forSmithat 57'minutes
  • 9MullinSubstituted forTollittat 45'minutes
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Sutton
  • 7Tollitt
  • 17Mottley-Henry
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 23George
  • 24Bakayogo

Oxford City

  • 1King
  • 2Godwin-Malife
  • 6Oastler
  • 5Musonda
  • 3Jefford
  • 4Ashby
  • 8Fleet
  • 11Wiltshire
  • 7NombeSubstituted forJonesat 90+4'minutes
  • 9Tshimanga
  • 10McEachran

Substitutes

  • 12Jones
  • 13Caro
  • 14Fasanmade
  • 15Bawling
  • 16Otudeko
  • 17Carter
Referee:
Daniel Middleton
Attendance:
4,206

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamOxford City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Oxford City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 3, Oxford City 3.

  3. Post update

    Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Zac McEachran (Oxford City).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford City. Eddie Jones replaces Sam Nombe.

  6. Booking

    James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Reece Fleet.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Oxford City 3. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver Banks following a set piece situation.

  9. Post update

    Ben Tollitt (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kyran Wiltshire (Oxford City).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Tollitt (Tranmere Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Josh Ashby (Oxford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Oxford City 3. Kabongo Tshimanga (Oxford City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Nombe.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Josh Ashby (Oxford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Oxford City 2. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Banks following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Frankie Musonda.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Reece Fleet (Oxford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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