Kane's double saves Doncaster's blushes

DONCASTER avoided a huge FA Cup upset by coming from behind twice to force a replay against 10-man Chorley.

Herbie Kane.

Liverpool loanee Herbie Kane was the hero as he bagged a brace to cancel out goals from Josh O’Keefe and Courtney Meppel-Walter, while Matthew Challoner was sent off just after the hour for the hosts after a late challenge on Kane.

Manager Grant McCann said: “We knew that it was going to be a hard game on a pitch which isn’t fantastic. Herbie Kane is top class, we know that and he’s got us out of trouble. I thought their goalkeeper was outstanding. I think I might have to find out what his contract details are.”

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Rovers got off to the worst possible start as O’Keefe put the hosts ahead after just two minutes by heading home a corner. The lead didn’t last long as Kane equalised nine minutes later, feeding off the scraps after John Marquis’s shot was saved by Matt Urwin.

James Coppinger had a goal ruled out for offside, Malik Walks hit the post, before Meppen-Walter fired home a cracking goal two minutes before the break to put Rovers behind again.

McCann’s men threw everything at the hosts after the break, but Urwin frustrated Rovers with a string of fine saves.

After Challoner’s red card, Urwin made a great double save to deny Marquis and Wilks.

But Kane’s stunning strike 13 minutes from time secured a home replay.

At the death Ian Lawlor made a great one-handed stop to keep out Adam Blakeman’s free-kick.

Chorley: Urwin, Challoner, Teague, Leather, Meppen-Walter, O’Keefe (Cottrell, 28), Newby, Glynn (Whitham, 74), Carver, Almond (Anson, 64). Unused substitutes: Eccles, Jordan, Wilson, Newby.

Doncaster: Lawlor, Mason, Andrew, Butler, Anderson, Whiteman, Kane, Blair (May, 45), Coppinger, Wilks, Marquis. Unused substitutes: Marosi, Blaney, Crawford, Khemis, Amos, Longbottom.

Referee: R Joyce.