Doncaster Rovers made its bow on the Masters’ Football circuit this weekend with an inaugural appearance in the Yorkshire Masters Cup at Sheffield Arena. The Rovers squad were placed in Group 2 alongside the veterans sides of Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. The tournament was broadcast live on S** S****s so it was not screened here at Viva Towers and details are therefore sketchy.
Anyway, sketchy details and lack of knowledge of the actual content never stopped S** S***** so we’ll press on with a brief summary anyway. Rovers faced Sheffield Wednesday in their first fixture and didn’t start well, going behind inside thirty seconds. And despite a couple of goals from Viva Rovers’ hero Leo Fortune-West it didn’t get much better for the Rovers with Wednesday triumphing 5-2.
Thankfully Rovers came into the next game meaning business and took the lead against Sheffield United through Gary Brabin, and made it 2-0 at the break through Russ Wilcox. United pegged the scores back though in the second half to bring it back to 2-2, but with just seconds remaining Richard O’Kelly, the oldest man in the side at 52, struck the winner to give Rovers a 3-2 win. With Wednesday defeating United in the Sheffield derby Rovers finished in second place, just short of a place in the final. The eventual champions were Barnsley who defeated Wednesday 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.