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Rochdale 1-1 Doncaster Rovers

Kieran Sadlier's added-time header earned Doncaster a draw at Rochdale.

Aaron Morley's 66th-minute strike looked set to hand Rochdale a second successive victory to start the League One season, before Sadlier struck two minutes into added time.

During an evenly-contested first half, Dale hit the woodwork when Morley's lofted pass was flicked on by Callum Camps towards the run of Rekeil Pyke, but the on-loan striker's effort thudded against the foot of the post.

Lawlor also made saves to deny Morley and Pyke.

The visitors came close when James Coppinger's corner was met by Matty Blair, whose header was parried by Dale keeper Robert Sanchez against the back of a team-mate, the ball flying narrowly wide of the upright.

Dale took the lead in the 66th minute when a corner was headed out to Morley on the left and he curled a teasing delivery towards goal which bamboozled Lawlor. By the time the goalkeeper had reacted, the ball was past him and in the net.

But, two minutes into time added on, Sadlier rose above the Dale defence to meet Jon Taylor's corner and head past Sanchez.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 25Sánchez
  • 13KeohaneBooked at 89mins
  • 6O'Connell
  • 4McNulty
  • 3Norrington-Davies
  • 28MorleyBooked at 72minsSubstituted forDoneat 72'minutes
  • 8Williams
  • 11PykeSubstituted forAndrewat 80'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 7Dooley
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 5Delaney
  • 9Andrew
  • 16Done
  • 21Magloire
  • 31Wade
  • 37Tavares
  • 41Matheson

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 2Halliday
  • 15BaptisteSubstituted forBlairat 29'minutes
  • 4AndersonBooked at 41mins
  • 3James
  • 6Sheaf
  • 8Whiteman
  • 19May
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forEnnisat 70'minutes
  • 12GomesSubstituted forTaylorat 78'minutes
  • 7Sadlier

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 11Crawford
  • 17Blair
  • 21Longbottom
  • 23Kiwomya
  • 24Dieng
  • 31Ennis
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,587

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Doncaster Rovers 1. Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matt Done.

Attempt blocked. Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Taylor.

Booking

Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale).

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Stephen Dooley (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale).

Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by M.J. Williams (Rochdale).

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

Hand ball by Jon Taylor (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Rekeil Pyke.

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale).

Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Jon Taylor replaces Madger Gomes.

Offside, Rochdale. Jimmy McNulty tries a through ball, but Ian Henderson is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Reece James.

Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Ennis (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Aaron Morley (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matt Done replaces Aaron Morley.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Niall Ennis replaces James Coppinger.

Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Aaron Morley (Rochdale) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rhys Norrington-Davies following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dooley (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ian Henderson.

Attempt missed. Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Madger Gomes following a set piece situation.

Foul by Stephen Dooley (Rochdale).

Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Madger Gomes (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt blocked. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Reece James.

Attempt missed. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reece James.

goal

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