The dream is over for another year, as Celtic went down with their heads held high against much better opposition.
That class showed in the first couple of minutes as Nathan Tyson scampered past Peter Wylie, and put in an inch perfect ball between Tony McMillan and Matty Hughes to Andy Williams who outpaced Jack Higgins and got goal side of Oliver Crowley and rifled in a low, left foot shot that McMillan had no chance of reaching.
McMillan did stop Felipe Mattioni, when he fired through a crowd, with McMillan getting down well, before Aaron Chalmers got Celtic's first effort on target (after Bohan Dixon had fired a free kick well over the bar), taking the shot from distance, but hardly testing Thorsten Stuckman. Dixon got his next free kick on target, but Stuckmann is extremely tall and could get across to push it round for a corner.
Celtic needed to up their game in the second period, their first half performance looked like they were holding back to explode in the second period, and they did increase the tempo, but Doncaster also slid up through the gears, and James Coppinger forced McMillan into routine stop, whilst Nathan Tyson burst to the byline, and cut inside before firing across the face of goal.
The chance of the game came from Aaron Chalmers wicked cross, and Jack Higgins, still up from a long throw, got a free header inside the six yard box, but Stuckmann's reactions were the equal of Higgins's header.
At the other end, Keshi Anderson tried to run between Matty Hughes and Jack Higgins and went to ground, looking for a penalty, but nothing was forthcoming, whilst Andy Butler put his head on a corner, only for Tony McMillan to pull off a superb save. However, there was nothing McMillan could do when Crowley missed his clearance, and the ball fell to Andy Williams who didn't need asking twice to double his goal tally.
Rovers were in charge after the second goal, Mattioni should have increased the lead, but his shot was poor, and Andy Williams missed his hat-trick with an overhead effort that sailed over the bar. At the other end Chris Simm headed wide when he used his strength to hold off Butler, whilst Dixon again fired waywardly. As the game went into the final few minutes, Rovers easily maintained possession, playing diamond football like it was a training match. Substitute Anderson had a couple of chances, but lacked accuracy.
Celtic were by no means over run, and although we?re out of the FA Cup, we played well.
|14||Tyson, Nathan||> 57|
|26||Coppinger, James||> 87|
|7||Wellens, Richie||< 87|
|25||Anderson, Keshi||< 57|
|8||Wisdom, Danny||> 66|
|9||Tames, Steve||> 55|
|10||Johnson, Alex||> 66|
|12||Chippendale, Aidan||< 66|
|15||Wright, Dale||< 55|
|16||Simm, Chris||< 66|