Dramatic penalty shoot-out sees Tranmere through to round 2 of the EFL cup

Tranmere visited Accrington Stanley this evening for a 7:45pm kick-off in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Defeats against Stevenage and Mansfield have left Tranmere in need of a win to kick-start the 22/23 season.

Accrington Stanley haven’t lost yet this campaign, drawing 2-2 on the opening day against Charlton Athletic before winning 1-0 away at Shrewsbury Town.

Match Report: Accrington Stanley v Tranmere Rovers

Accrington Stanley 2 v 2 Tranmere Rovers
Adedoyin (37′)
Astley (39′)
GoalsHawkes (62′)
Astley (90’+3 og)
Pritchard (37′)
Leigh (39′)
AssistsMcAlear (62′)
HT 2-0
Tranmere Rovers win 12-11 on penalties

A 93rd-minute own goal from Accrington Stanley’s Ryan Astley produced a draw which led to victory for Tranmere Rovers following a tense penalty shoot-out.

Tranmere keeper Mateusz Hewelt saved the 26th penalty in a dramatic shootout that secured Rovers the win over League 1 Accrington.

A last-minute own goal by Astley (originally credited to Paul Lewis) cost Accrington dearly and Tranmere stepped up to the plate and made them pay for their mistake.

Tranmere’s journey to the win was on rocky ground when they found themselves 2-0 down within two minutes, just before half time.

A right-footed Josh Hawkes shot from the centre of the box that found its way to the bottom right corner around the hour mark gave a glimmer of hope for Tranmere.

When it went to penalties following the own goal, it was all level at two apiece when Rhys Hughes right-footed penalty was stopped, but to the relief of the visiting fans, the next Accrington penalty was also saved.

It was all even and at the sudden death stage when Accrington’s Shaun Whalley fired straight down the middle and was easily saved, putting Tranmere through to the next round.

Rovers host Gillingham for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 13 August in their next 2022/23 League 2 fixture.


Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes
Credit: Tony Coombes

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Accrington Stanley – Formation 4-4-1-1
1 Lukas Jensen GK
2 Mitchell Clark DF
14 Rosaire Longelo DF
16 Harvey Rodgers DF
5 Ryan Astley DF
22 Dan Martin MF
9 Matt Lowe MF
8 Tommy Leigh MF
11 Sean McConville (C) MF
19 Korede Adedoyin FW
10 Joe Pritchard FW

40 Toby Savin SUB
21 Harry Perritt SUB
25 Archie Procter SUB
28 Seamus Conneely SUB
6 Liam Coyle SUB
18 Harry Pell SUB
15 Mohammed Sangare SUB
7 Shaun Whalley SUB
39 Josh Woods SUB

John Coleman

Match Officials
Robert Lewis
Assistants: Daniel Woodward and Conor Brown
Fourth official: Paul Marsden

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 5-3-2
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
21 Luke Robinson DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
19 Neill Byrne DF
22 Paul Lewis MF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
6 Chris Merrie MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
11 Josh Hawkes FW

1 Ross Doohan SUB
13 Joe Murphy SUB
15 Ben Hockenhull SUB
29 Max Fisher SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
30 Arthur Lomax SUB
8 Reece McAlear SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 1035

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