The FA Cup - First Round
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Rochdale 1-2 Stockport County: Non-league Hatters stun League One Dale

National League side Stockport County held on to pull off an upset to defeat League One club Rochdale and go through to the FA Cup second round.

John Rooney put the Hatters ahead with a strike from inside his own half that caught out Dale keeper Gavin Bazunu.

Alex Reid doubled their lead seven minutes later after turning in from Connor Jennings' long-range shot.

Matty Lund headed home from Alex Newby's cross to put Rochdale back in it but the non-league side held on.

Rooney, brother of Derby County striker and all-time record England goalscorer Wayne, pulled off an audacious strike that echoed that of his sibling's long-range efforts for Manchester United and DC United in the first half.

The victory means that Stockport progress to the second round for the second time in three seasons - however, they almost did not reach the first round at all.

The Hatters were initially knocked out at the fourth qualifying round stage by fellow National League side Chesterfield in October.

But, due to the Spireites being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in that tie, the fixture was replayed earlier this week, with Rooney scoring twice as Stockport won 4-0.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bazunu
  • 13Keohane
  • 6O'Connell
  • 4McNulty
  • 3BolaSubstituted forDooleyat 74'minutes
  • 8Morley
  • 20RyanSubstituted forTavaresat 72'minutes
  • 21Lund
  • 10Newby
  • 11Beesley
  • 14Rathbone


  • 7Dooley
  • 12Lynch
  • 15Roberts
  • 16Done
  • 17Tavares
  • 23Hopper
  • 24Brierley


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hinchliffe
  • 4Hogan
  • 16Keane
  • 5Palmer
  • 15Stott
  • 7Thomas
  • 18CroasdaleSubstituted forWilliamsat 75'minutes
  • 8RooneySubstituted forMaynardat 69'minutes
  • 14Kitching
  • 19ReidSubstituted forBrittonat 86'minutes
  • 10Jennings


  • 2Minihan
  • 3Jennings
  • 6Maynard
  • 11Williams
  • 17Southam-Hales
  • 21Barnes
  • 26Britton
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Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamStockport
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 1, Stockport County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Stockport County 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Beesley (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ashley Palmer.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Stockport County. Louis Britton replaces Alex Reid.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jake Beesley (Rochdale).

  9. Post update

    Jordan Keane (Stockport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jordan Keane.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Stockport County. Conceded by Jimmy Keohane.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Stockport County. Conceded by Gavin Bazunu.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Reid (Stockport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Stockport County. Jordan Williams replaces Ryan Croasdale.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Stephen Dooley replaces Tolaji Bola.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Fabio Tavares replaces Jimmy Ryan.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Ryan (Rochdale) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Keane (Stockport County).

  19. Post update

    Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Stockport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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