The FA Cup - Second Round
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Bristol Rovers 6-0 Darlington: Paul Tisdale's side march into FA Cup third round

Bristol Rovers breezed into the third round of the FA Cup as they hammered non-league Darlington to earn new Pirates boss Paul Tisdale his first victory in his third game since taking charge.

National League North side Darlo, who had not made the third round proper since the club reformed in 2012, had headed south with high hopes after four straight away wins.

But the 62-place gap between the two sides showed as Rovers, 21st in League One, finally produced their first goals under Tisdale - four of them coming in 18 first-half minutes.

The visitors actually started well, holding out until the 29th minute when Rovers broke through with a freakish opener.

Josh Hare's long hopeful punt forward ballooned backwards up off defender David Atkinson's head and over his keeper Johnny Saltmer, and Daly nipped in to touch the ball over the line.

Rovers went 2-0 up after 38 minutes when Hare was fed by Luke McCormick before finishing with the outside of his right foot.

Atkinson's afternoon got worse a minute before half-time when he barged Daly to the deck and Luke Leahy tucked away the penalty.

There was even time for another before the break when Erhun Oztumer shared a neat one-two with Sam Nicholson which took him into the box, the ball broke kindly and he slotted home

Eight minutes after the restart, the lightweight Daly won another penalty when he went down very easily under a challenge from outraged defender Tony McMahon and Leahy sent the keeper the wrong way for his second successful spot-kick.

There was further anguish for McMahon when his well-struck effort - Darlo's best chance - was brilliantly tipped onto the post by Rovers keeper Anssi Jaakkola.

But almost immediately, Rovers grabbed their sixth from Nicholson's unmarked far post header after Max Ehmer had headed on, equalling their biggest FA Cup win.


Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 22Hare
  • 5EhmerSubstituted forKilgourat 63'minutes
  • 26Baldwin
  • 3Leahy
  • 4Grant
  • 7LiddleSubstituted forHarriesat 78'minutes
  • 14McCormick
  • 41Oztumer
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forWestbrookeat 63'minutes
  • 17Daly


  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 6Upson
  • 8Westbrooke
  • 9Hanlan
  • 15Kilgour
  • 25Harries
  • 47Koiki


Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 1Saltmer
  • 29McMahon
  • 6Hunt
  • 36Atkinson
  • 2Watson
  • 8HatfieldBooked at 69minsSubstituted forHudsonat 87'minutes
  • 4Wheatley
  • 44ReidSubstituted forO'Neillat 45'minutes
  • 11RiversBooked at 52mins
  • 10Campbell
  • 19CharmanSubstituted forHolnessat 63'minutes


  • 5Laing
  • 7Hedley
  • 9Maguire
  • 12Hudson
  • 13Minter
  • 17Holness
  • 23O'Neill
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Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamDarlington
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 6, Darlington 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 6, Darlington 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Darlington. Theo Hudson replaces Will Hatfield.

  4. Post update

    Erhun Oztumer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Wheatley (Darlington).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cian Harries (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Tony McMahon (Darlington) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tyrone O'Neill (Darlington).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cian Harries replaces Ben Liddle.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyrone O'Neill (Darlington) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Daly (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Leahy with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Hunt (Darlington).

  15. Post update

    James Daly (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jarrett Rivers (Darlington) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Campbell.

  17. Booking

    Will Hatfield (Darlington) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Darlington. Jarrett Rivers tries a through ball, but Omar Holness is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Darlington. Conceded by Josh Hare.

  20. Post update

    Ben Liddle (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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