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MATCHDAY LIVE | Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday

25 July 2023

Club News

MATCHDAY LIVE | Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday

25 July 2023

Welcome to Matchday Live - our new way to follow all the match action involving Rovers.

We will be bringing you text commentary of our matches on these pages, which will allow us to bring you greater detail of what is happening on the pitch with your boys in red and white.

Throughout pre-season we will be trialling this service so bear with us if we encounter some teething problems but we should be ready and firing for the start of the new campaign should we make this a permanent feature of our matchday coverage.

Rovers are back in front of home support for the first time this summer as they host Championship newcomers Sheffield Wednesday.

Remember to refresh regularly for the latest updates.

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MATCHDAY LIVE BLOG

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FT: Doncaster Rovers 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Goal: Luke Molyneux (72)

FT - ALL OVER

A win - and a deserved one too - for Rovers, courtesy of Luke Molyneux's header.

A really good evening's work.

90' - ADDED TIME

There will be a minimum of five minutes added at the end of the second half.

89' - SOME STRIKE

Rio Shipston went close from 30 yards with a thunderous strike for Wednesday.

87' SUBSTITUTION

Akin Famewo is replaced by Favour Onukwuli for Wednesday.

79' - PLENTY OF SUBSTITUTIONS FOR WEDNESDAY

Reece James off for Cian Flannery

Cameron Dawson off for Pierce Charles

Callum Paterson off for Eui Siqueria

Josh Windass off for Luke Cook

77' - CHANCE

Luke Molyneux sent in another free kick to the back post where Joseph Olowu had peeled off but he couldn't beat Cameron Dawson with his header.

74' - SUBSTITUTION

And another double switch for the Owls as Bailey Cadamarteri and Rio Shipston replace Barry Bannan and Will Vaulks.

72' - GOAL ROVERS!

A lovely header from Luke Molyneux!

It was a fantastic passage of play from Rovers as they refused to give up on the attack. Tommy Rowe fed the ball out wide to Tyler Roberts, who executed a brilliant step over to give him the space for the cross and he found Molyneux, who planted a header into the far corner.

70' - SUBSTITUTION

Another double switch for Wednesday as Adam Alimi-Adetoro and Sean Fusire replace Marvin Johnson and Dominic Iorfa.

67' - A LOVELY NUTMEG

Tyler Roberts has been a bundle of energy since his introduction - and he left Will Vaulks standing with a lovely nutmeg in the middle of the park that was certainly appreciated by the Rovers supporters in attendance.

64' - SUBSTITUTION

Double switch for Wednesday as George Byers and Michael Smith replace Jay Glover and Lee Gregory.

63' - BIG CHANCE

Luke Molyneux delivered in a peach of a free kick, met at the back post by Joseph Olowu. The defender's header was not clean and hit Owls keeper Cameron Dawson.

61' - SUBSTITUTION

Tyler Roberts replaces Jon Taylor.

56' - BRILLIANT BLOCK

Jack Senior denies Wednesday a goal as he dives in front of a first time strike from Josh Windass.

55' - MORE PRESSURE

Wednesday are enjoying their best spell of pressure. Josh Windass raced in at the back post to meet a cross but headed into the back of Jack Senior.

52' - VERY CLOSE

Wednesday are millimetres from taking the lead. Rovers did not deal with a high ball into the box and it sat up nicely for the on-rushing Will Vaulks, who drilled narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

46' - BACK UNDERWAY

Jon Taylor takes the kick-off and we are up and running once again.

📸 - ACTION

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HT - THAT'S THE BREAK

And it is goalless at half time here at the Eco-Power Stadium.

That was a really encouraging half of football from a Rovers perspective, full of energy and intent.

45' - ADDED TIME

There will be a minimum of one minute added at the end of the first half.

37' - GREAT INTENSITY ABOUT ROVERS' APPROACH

Whether on or off the ball, there has been a real energy about Rovers in this game so far. They have closed the ball down superbly and sprung onto the front foot quickly whenever possession has been turned over.

32' - OPPORTUNITY FOR THE VISITORS

Callum Paterson sized up a shot from 20 yards but put it wide of the top corner.

23' - BIG CHANCE

Joe Ironside did brilliantly to carry the ball from half way and pass inside to Tommy Rowe who was put clear into the box for the shot, only for Reece James to slide in and block out for a corner.

18' - CHANCE AND A BRILLIANT SAVE

Rovers piled on the pressure and had Wednesday firmly on the back foot. The ball was flicked forward to Tommy Rowe who lashed a shot on goal which was batted away superbly by Wednesday keeper Cameron Dawson.

16' - SOME REALLY GOOD STUFF

Rovers are moving the ball really well in the opposition half and there's opportunities to be hand.

11' - GOOD CHANCE

The ball dropped nicely for Jon Taylor and invited the shot from 20 yards. He caught it well but sent it just off target.

8' - OFF THE LINE

New boy Tom Nixon comes to Rovers' rescue. It was an unfortunate passage of play for Rovers as an attempted clearance struck Owen Bailey and put Callum Paterson through on goal. He clipped the ball over Ian Lawlor but Nixon got back in time to make te clearance while Josh Windass fired well wide with his follow-up.

6' - DANGER 

Rovers push forward with real threat down the left. Tommy Rowe cut a low pass across the box to Joe Ironside who controlled well with his back to goal, turned and saw his shot blocked.

1' - UNDERWAY

And we are up and running at the Eco-Power Stadium for the first time this summer.

BEAUTIFULLY OBSERVED

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A minute's applause was held prior to kick-off in celebration of the lives of former Wednesday player and manager Trevor Francis and midfielder Chris Bart-Williams who passed away on Monday.

THE TEAM

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