Southport 0-2 Tranmere Rovers: Connor Jennings volleys earn tie against Spurs

Southport 0-2 Tranmere Rovers: Connor Jennings volleys earn tie against Spurs

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Highlights: Southport 0-2 Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers booked an FA Cup tie at home to Tottenham as two volleys from Connor Jennings knocked out sixth-tier Southport in their second-round replay.

After a 1-1 draw in their initial meeting at Prenton Park, Jennings put the League Two visitors in front early on, with a fine dipping effort.

He side-footed in another from Jake Caprice’s cross just before half-time.

Part-time Southport – ranked 59 places lower in the football pyramid – rallied after half-time but could not score.

Micky Mellon’s Tranmere side – who are eighth in the fourth tier – will now host Premier League Spurs in the opening tie of this season’s FA Cup third-round weekend on Friday, 4 January.

After Jennings’ two terrifically taken goals, they rarely looked in danger of being eliminated by a non-league side while a member of the Football League for the first time since the 1975-76 season.

A lively, sold-out crowd of 5,414 at the Merseyrail Community Stadium saw the two sides, who are separated by merely 21 miles geographically, both push for goals in the second half.

But Tranmere keeper Scott Davies denied the Sandgrounders’ Dion Charles with a diving save and Liam Edwards fired narrowly wide for the hosts with their best chance.

Connor Jennings

Connor Jennings’ stunning opening goal was struck sweetly and dipped under the crossbar

Line-ups

Southport

  • 1Hanford
  • 2RichardsSubstituted forArcherat 80'minutes
  • 6Winnard
  • 5Astles
  • 3Ogle
  • 9Charles
  • 8WoodSubstituted forGreenat 63'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forGilchristat 89'minutes
  • 7Morgan
  • 11Bauress
  • 10Sampson

Substitutes

  • 12Gilchrist
  • 13Mueller
  • 14Parry
  • 15Archer
  • 16Tibbetts
  • 17Green
  • 18Homson-Smith

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14CapriceSubstituted forBuxtonat 86'minutes
  • 16Ellis
  • 5McNulty
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 8HarrisBooked at 19mins
  • 11Jennings
  • 22Gilmour
  • 9MullinSubstituted forStocktonat 81'minutes
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Sutton
  • 18Smith
  • 20Stockton
  • 23George
  • 24Bakayogo
  • 29Cole
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
5,414

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthportAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Southport 0, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southport 0, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Gilchrist (Southport).

Attempt blocked. Bradley Bauress (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers).

Jordan Archer (Southport) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers).

Dion Charles (Southport) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Jason Gilchrist replaces Liam Edwards.

Adam Buxton (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dion Charles (Southport).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Adam Buxton replaces Jake Caprice.

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jay Harris.

Offside, Southport. Dion Charles tries a through ball, but Jack Sampson is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Dion Charles (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Sampson with a headed pass.

Foul by Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers).

Reagan Ogle (Southport) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southport. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Paul Mullin.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Jordan Archer replaces Jordan Richards.

Attempt saved. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Jennings.

Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross.

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Morgan (Southport).

Attempt blocked. David Morgan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dion Charles.

Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Winnard (Southport).

Corner, Southport. Conceded by Connor Jennings.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Devarn Green replaces Marcus Wood.

Corner, Southport. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Morgan (Southport).

Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

Marcus Wood (Southport) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Wood (Southport).

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bradley Bauress (Southport).

Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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