A game which failed to live up to its pre-match expectations fizzled out into a game with few chances and predominantly in control of the away side. Rovers started brightly though, with an opportunity from Jason Koumas from 25 yards forcing 6ft 9in giant former Rovers keeper Mooney into a save.  York then took control from then onwards, creating most chances and keeping the most possession. Half way into the second half, City defender Keith Lowe, broke the deadlock with a header from a corner squeezing through two defenders and the keeper into the back of the net. But, deep in to the fourth minute of stoppage time, young midfielder James Rowe, volleyed in a sublime goal which keeper Jason Mooney could only get his finger tips on to salvage a point for the League Two new boys.

 Tranmere Rovers

Owain Fon-Williams – Made some good key saves throughout the game which kept Tranmere in the game, overall strong performance. 7.0
Danny Holmes –  Strong defensively throughout the game down the right, supported Kirby and provided cover for fellow team-mates. 6.5
Marcus Holness – His first game as club captain was fairly good, won most of his air-duels but went off late on due to injury. 6.5
Michael Ihiekwe – Did not stand out much, although he looked strong in the air at times, but could have performed a lot better overall. 5.0
Danny Woodards –  Didn’t do much wrong, but did not do much right overall. Got caught out sometimes against the attacker. 5.5
Max Power – Good performance for the 60 minutes played, created some key passes and chances and helped out struggling midfielder Laird. 6.0
Marc Laird –  Very poor performance, caught out in possession, and lost the ball on several occasions, poor passing and his nerves seem to have got the best of him. 4.0
Jason Koumas – Good performance, calm on the ball and created some great chances for the striker. Good touch on the ball and easily best player for the Rovers. 7.5
Jake Kirby – Looked very weak on the ball and did not go forward enough limiting the chances for the strikers to score with. 4.0
Eliot Richards – Very good game, made some good runs forward and got back to defend well, even though he was being played out of position. 7.0
Cole Stockton – Fairly good game with limited opportunities, got himself in some good positions and kept control of the ball fairly well. 6.0

Substitutions

James Rowe – Played well when he came on, controlled the ball well and created some good opportunities, as well as taking his goal brilliantly. 6.5
Abdulai Baggie – Did not make much impact except one or two good dribbles past the full back but misplaced a few simple passes. 4.5
Kayode Odejayi –  Failed to make any impact, bullied in the air and looked lost around the pitch. Misplaced headers and passes as well. 3.5

 

York City

 

Jason Mooney – Made some good saves early on in the game, but was not tested as much in the second half except from the goal itself. 6.5
Femi Ilesamni – Fairly decent game, defensively sound and dealt with the Tranmere midfielder Kirby with ease. 6.0
John McCombe – Looked very strong and good in the air, also looked very composed at the back. 6.5
Keith Lowe – Looked Strong defensively and took his goal very well. Looked to have a good partnership with McCombe. 8.0
Marvin McCoy – Played well, although he did get caught out times by Rovers forward Richards. 5.0
Lindon Meikle – Made some good creative runs on the ball and passed the ball around very well. 6.0
Russ Penn – Led the team well at times, looked very comfortable in possession and calmed down the midfield very well. 6.5
Tom Platt – Played well, his partnership in the centre with Russ Penn seemed to strong for the Tranmere midfield at times. 6.0
Anthony Straker – Made some successful runs down the left against the Tranmere defence, although crosses were poor into the box. 6.0
Michael Coulson – Did not get many chances on goal, but looked threatening and always was in the right positions. 6.5
Ryan Jarvis – Did not do much throughout the game, and never really made much of a threat or an impact upfront. 5.0

Substitutions

Ben Hirst – Failed to make much of an impact when he was brought on and didn’t really trouble the Tranmere defence. 4.0
Luke Summerfield – Controlled the ball well and had some good passes to the wide players. 5.0
Lewis Montrose – Came on in stoppage time so virtually had no time to make an impact on the game at all. 3.0

Man of the Match

Keith Lowe – In addition to his powerful header of a goal in the second half, the York City centre-half dominated in the air all game, and put a stop to any threat that Tranmere had to offer. He looked calm and composed most of the time and developed a strong partnership with his fellow centre-back McCombe. 8.0


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