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Carlisle Utd 3 Blackburn 3 (Carlisle win 4-3 on penalties)

Carlisle United have knocked Championship side Blackburn out of the Capital One Cup after a thrilling penalty shoot-out win at Brunton Park.

Dave Symington hammered in the winning spot-kick at the end of a pulsating cup tie.

Chris Taylor and Josh Morris missed for Rovers, with Mark Beck, James Berrett and Liam Noble all converting for the Blues after Alex Salmon's miss.

It was a memorable end to a classic encounter which saw United take the lead then twice come from behind against Gary Bowyer's side.

David Amoo set Carlisle off with a 14th minute header from Josh Gillies' corner.

United, with Paul Thirlwell picked at centre-half ahead of Mike Edwards, then suffered a blow when loan left-back Reece James had to go off injured.

He was replaced by 17-year-old youth player Patrick Brough.

Blackburn levelled when Tom Cairney's shot early in the second half deflected past Mark Gillespie off Liam Noble.

Gillespie then saved a David Dunn penalty before Chris Taylor quickly headed them in front.

But Lewis Guy forced home a header to take the game to extra-time - with Mark Beck seeing a last-gasp effort tipped onto the post.

Blackburn then struck first in extra-time when Alan Judge rifled them 3-2 up.

But Carlisle never gave up and raised the roof in the 114th minute through Amoo.

He raced onto a pass from the impressive Brough and hammered past Rovers keeper Simon Eastwood.

That set up the penalties finale which saw Symington send Carlisle into tomorrow's second-round draw.

The surprise change at the back also saw Thirlwell take the captain's armband, in the absence of Lee Miller.

United: Gillespie, Potts, James, Thirlwell, Livesey, Berrett, Noble, Gillies, Amoo, Guy, Beck. Subs: Fleming, Edwards, Todd, Symington, Salmon, Lynch, Brough.

Blackburn: Eastwood, Kane, Morris, Songo’o, Givet, Taylor, Marrow, Cairney, Olsson, Dunn, King. Subs: Kean, Lowe, Best, Rhodes, Judge, O’Connor, Nunes.

Have your say

Great performance but lets not beat around the bush we will be relegated by the end of march.

Posted by CarlisleLoyal on 8 August 2013 at 21:13

As a rovers fan at the game,i thought cufc did really well against our second string,also nice to see the ref helping you with sending off.As for the cufc so called fans,out shouted be 300 rovers fans.Good luck in your fight to stay in league 1.By the way i did enjoy the game,just nit the result.

Posted by sjj on 8 August 2013 at 19:11

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