Rovers under 18's out of Gothia Cup in cruelest way.Doncaster Rovers 1 - 1 IF Elfsborg
Elfsborg win 6-5 on penalties.
Rovers’ Youth Team suffered penalty shootout heartache in the Gothia Cup 2014 as they lost to Swedish side Elfsborg.
The signs for Paul Stancliffe’s side were ominous early on as the in form Jack McKay missed a penalty in the third minute of the game while the Swedes went ahead with their first attack of the game.
McKay, who bagged goals against Malmo and Besiktas, atoned for his earlier slip when he pounced on a rebounded Jordan Lindley effort midway through the second half.
Frustration grew for Rovers as the game went to the lottery of the penalty shootout. Though Jack Maclaren saved Elfsborg’s fourth penalty, Liam Mandeville couldn’t take advantage and the intensity of the shootout went up a notch when it went to sudden death.
Spencer Lund was handed the ignominy of missing the decisive spot-kick and the educational process will continue as Rovers will play-off with Red Star Belgrade for seventh and eighth place.