Doncaster FA Challenge Cup final: Denaby United 4 Sutton Rovers 3 (aet)

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Denaby United retained their grip on the Doncaster FA Challenge Cup at the Keepmoat Stadium in a repeat of last season's final, writes Steve Hossack.

But they were made to work much harder by Sutton Rovers, beaten 6-1 twelve months earlier, and needed extra-time to claim a 4-3 win.

Steve Ellor, who had scored a hat trick for United in the 2013-14 final, capitalised on good work by Jack Whittaker to claim the winner just before the break in added time.

Whittaker, a second half substitute also featured in the move along, with Ellor, in the build-up to man-of-the-match Mick Russon’s well-taken equaliser.

But with United having had Paul Hemmingway sent off on 71 minutes, Rovers still looked the best bet to go on and win the game and but for a superb save by keeper Ben Priestley at the death would have done so.

The save helped make amends for a fumble when attempting to collect a 25 yard free-kick which presented defender Adi Sutton with the chance to restore Rovers’ lead.

The newly-crowned Doncaster Senior League Premier Division champions had dominated the first half and their County Senior League opponents had been fortunate to be still in the game at 2-1.

Rovers threw down the gauntlet from the off and Callum Stockton put them ahead from close range after United had failed to clear a cross into the box.

Ellor capitalised on good work by Hemmingway in the build-up to level the scores against the run of play.

Luke Chambers made it 2-1 from the penalty spot only for Hemmingway to level at 2-2 three minutes after the break.