Wednesday May 19, 2010 Semifinal Finished Millmoor Ground

Rotherham United 2 - 0 Aldershot Town

  • Le Fondre 44’
  • Ellison 68’

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  1. Rotherham v Aldershot: LIVE

    Rotherham v Aldershot: LIVE

    Rotherham take a slender 1-0 advantage into their League Two play-off semi-final second leg tie against Aldershot at the Don Valley stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Rotherham United
    • Aldershot Town
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at the Don Valley Stadium, and Rotherham are going to Wembley after a 2-0 win over Aldershot, and a 3-0 victory on aggregate! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' Dean Morgan gets down the right for the visitors, but another cross goes awry, and Rotherham are home and dry.
    • 90+1' Ian Sharps wins another towering header for the hosts as the local supporters remain in full voice.
    • 90' Just three minutes will be added at the end of this second half as Gunning gets down the left and whips over a devilish delivery.
    • 89' Halls cuts inside at pace before firing a wild shot wide of Warrington's far post, and that was a poor final effort.
    • 88' Ronnie Moore knows his side are on their way to Wembley, and he continues to patrol the touchline anxiously despite the 3-0 cushion.
    • 87' Mills and Harrison combine in midfield for Rotherham, but Aldershot are refusing to let their hosts settle even in the closing stages.
    • 85' Warrington bides his time before punting a long ball upfield to Le Fondre, but the forward loses out to Winfield.
    • 84' Paul Warne comes on to replace Nicky Law, and the midfielder gets a rest after a tireless display.
    • 83' Halls charges forward for Aldershot, but his deep cross evades everyone in the box, and the opening peters out.
    • 82' Marvin Morgan fires a low shot from the edge of the Rotherham box which forces Warrington to dive down low to his right to tip the ball wide - that is better!
    • 81' Aldershot continue to press forward to no avail, but the visitors cannot be faulted for their unerring positivity.
    • 79' Rotherham are cruising now as they break through Harrison once more with Mills in support, before Herd makes a strong challenge.
    • 77' Ryan Taylor is replaced by Drewe Broughton as Rotherham make a change to freshen up their line-up.
    • 75' Damian Spencer comes on as Anthony Charles makes way, and this is surely the final throw of the dice for Aldershot.
    • 73' Ellison is a very lucky man as he gets a stern ticking off from the referee for a rash challenge on Charles, and he could have missed the Wembley final!
    • 71' Ronnie Moore is a happy man as he patrols the touchline barking instructions to his players.
    • 69' Aldershot look ragged at the back now as they defend deep in their half with a 3-0 deficit. Ellison is booked for taking off his shirt in celebration following his goal!
    • 67' GOAL!!!! ELLISON MAKES IT TWO! The midfielder nets his 11th goal of the season as he surely books his side's place in the play-off final! Rotherham lead 3-0 as he plants a precise downward header beyond Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz!
    • 65' Sharps does brilliantly to beat Winfield to a header inside the Rotherham box as the corner is whipped in, and that was terrific defending.
    • 63' Hudson makes a very fine run down the left to win a corner for his side, and he shows his pace to good effect!
    • 61' Kirk Hudson comes on to replace Marlon Jackson, and Aldershot inject some much needed fresh legs.
    • 59' Lynch covers for Fenton superbly as Marvin Morgan makes another strong run, and that was fine defending.
    • 57' Rotherham keep possession on halfway before Halls steps in with a strong challenge to win the ball back for the Shots.
    • 55' Brown is proving a commanding presence at the back for Aldershot, but Le Fondre only needs a sniff of goal, as he has proved 30 times this season!
    • 53' Law gets down the right again superbly for Rotherham, but Brown sweeps up to deny the midfielder an opening.
    • 51' Aldershot continue to press forward with their hosts soaking up the pressure superbly in their own half.
    • 49' Straker is again seeing a lot of the ball in the Rotherham half, but the midfielder has yet to find the perfect cross from out on the right.
    • 47' It is all Aldershot, but the visitors cannot find a breakthrough as they press forward incessantly.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Don Valley, and Aldershot need a fast start to reduce their deficit!
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at the Don Valley Stadium, and Rotherham lead 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate courtesy of Adam Le Fondre's 43rd minute header!
    • 45+1' Ellison dinks over a delightful cross which Winfield does brilliantly to chest away for a corner with Law steaming in behind him.
    • 45' Just two minutes will be added at the end of this first half as Gunning is booked for a late challenge on Jackson.
    • 44' Straker heads a loose ball into the Rotherham box, but Marvin Morgan cannot get the crucial touch to deflect the ball past Warrington, who claims it confidently.
    • 43' GOAL!!!!! LE FONDRE GIVES ROTHERHAM THE LEAD! Against the run of play, the forward, who has been subdued all match, climbs high to head home after Lynch heads Law's corner back across the six-yard box - Rotherham lead 2-0 on aggregate!
    • 42' Pablo Mills is given a stern talking to after flying into a challenge with John Halls, and it remains a very tense and cagey affair.
    • 41' Marvin Morgan holds the ball up superbly for Aldershot, using his strength and power to hold off Ian Sharps, but he cannot force an opening.
    • 39' Gavin Gunning and Marlon Jackson collide on halfway, and both sides are desperate to grab the ascendancy at the Don Valley.
    • 37' Adam Le Fondre has been quiet so far for Rotherham, but he almost latches on to Law's cross from the right.
    • 35' Law creates space with a neat jink inside Winfield, but does not take on the shot from the edge of the Aldershot box - he really should have let fly!
    • 33' Mark Lynch charges across to intervene superbly as Anthony Straker hurtles down the left at pace for Aldershot.
    • 31' Harrison produces a barnstorming run down the left for Rotherham before Ben Herd finally makes a strong challenge - good defending.
    • 29' Marvin Morgan is continuing to cause havoc as Fenton struggles to track the forward's run down the left before buying a free kick.
    • 27' Gunning and Sharps bring the ball out of defence for Rotherham as the pressure is eased once more, and Aldershot are pegged back.
    • 25' Danny Harrison takes the ball down in midfield, but cannot find Law outwide as Rotherham look to build.
    • 23' Rotherham remain pushed back in their half as Aldershot continue to pile on the pressure, and the hosts need some breathing space.
    • 21' Dean Morgan continues to take on shots from range as he blazes another effort over the bar from range.
    • 19' Law whips over a testing delivery from outwide on the right, but Fenton's header drifts wide as the defender jumps high to meet it!
    • 18' Halls and Donnelly continue to scrap away in midfield effectively for the visitors as Aldershot look to dominate the midfield.
    • 16' Dean Morgan swivels on the edge of the Rotherham box before lashing a wild shot over the bar - a decent effort.
    • 15' Another powerful run from Marvin Morgan sees the forward win a corner for his side, and Rotherham are put under the cosh once more.
    • 13' Kevin Ellison and Pablo Mills contest the ball in midfield with John Halls and Scott Donnelly as the play continues to be scrappy.
    • 12' Pablo Mills steams in to dispossess Scott Donnelly, and that was a very robust challenge indeed from the midfielder.
    • 11' Mark Lynch powers down the right wing from full-back before whipping over a decent ball, but Ryan Taylor cannot quite latch onto it at the back post.
    • 10' Dean Morgan goes down in the penalty area as Andy Warrington storms off his line and dives at his feet, but it looked a dive and the referee books the forward!
    • 9' Jaimez-Ruiz is unconvincing as he flies off his line to head away as Dave Winfield struggles to contain Adam Le Fondre.
    • 7' Marvin Morgan powers forward from deep and drives a low shot wide of the far post, but that was a bright run from the forward.
    • 5' Scott Donnelly and Danny Harrison scrap away tenaciously for the ball in midfield as both sides look to seize the initiative in midfield.
    • 3' Ronnie Moore is a bundle of energy on the touchline as Rotherham press forward through Kevin Ellison.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Don Valley Stadium, and Rotherham kick us off with a fervent atmosphere being generated.
    • - The teams are in at the Don Valley! The referee for this evening's clash is Fred Graham.
    • - Rotherham: Warrington, Lynch, Fenton, Sharps, Gunning, Law, Harrison, Mills, Ellison, Le Fondre, Taylor. Subs: Annerson, Green, Warne, Marshall, Broughton, Walker, Bell-Baggie
    • - Aldershot: Jaimez-Ruiz, Herd, Brown, Winfield, Charles, Jackson, Halls, Donnelly, Straker, Marvin Morgan, Dean Morgan. Subs: Clement, Soares, Hylton, Hudson, Harding, Spencer, Connolly
    • - Rotherham manager Ronnie Moore has fresh injury or suspension worries ahead of the match. Top-scorer Adam Le Fondre scored 88th-minute winner on his return to the side in the first leg and will continue up front alongside Ryan Taylor, who played his first game for the club since his loan spell at Exeter.
    • - On-loan Middlesbrough midfielder Josh Walker will again have to settle for a place on the bench after being an unused substitute at the Recreation Ground.
    • - Moore admitted some of his players are struggling with knocks but insists they will play through them leaving strikerTom Pope and defender Dale Tonge as the only absentees.
    • - Aldershot will be without goalkeeper Jamie Young for the play-off second leg at Rotherham. Young lasted just 23 minutes of Saturday's first leg before he injured his knee so Venezuelan Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz will start between the posts at the Don Valley Stadium.
    • - Manager Kevin Dillon has no other injury concerns as he looks to overturn a 1-0 deficit and send the Shots to Wembley for the first time.
    • - Former Reading midfielder John Halls started the first leg but looked short of match fitness so Ben Harding may come in but full-backs Ben Herd and Andy Sandell came through unscathed and will keep their places.
    • - Player of the year Herd is fit after a month out with an ankle injury while Sandell has shook off a groin problem. Aaron Brown should start at centre-half despite his error on Saturday which gave Adam Le Fondre the only goal.
    • - Rotherham take a slender 1-0 advantage into their League Two play-off semi-final second leg tie against Aldershot at the Don Valley stadium.
  • Summary

    • 67' GOAL!!!! ELLISON MAKES IT TWO! The midfielder nets his 11th goal of the season as he surely books his side's place in the play-off final! Rotherham lead 3-0 as he plants a precise downward header beyond Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz!
    • 43' GOAL!!!!! LE FONDRE GIVES ROTHERHAM THE LEAD! Against the run of play, the forward, who has been subdued all match, climbs high to head home after Lynch heads Law's corner back across the six-yard box - Rotherham lead 2-0 on aggregate!
    • - Rotherham: Warrington, Lynch, Fenton, Sharps, Gunning, Law, Harrison, Mills, Ellison, Le Fondre, Taylor. Subs: Annerson, Green, Warne, Marshall, Broughton, Walker, Bell-Baggie
    • - Aldershot: Jaimez-Ruiz, Herd, Brown, Winfield, Charles, Jackson, Halls, Donnelly, Straker, Marvin Morgan, Dean Morgan. Subs: Clement, Soares, Hylton, Hudson, Harding, Spencer, Connolly

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