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Capital One Cup First Round thrillers

11 June 2014

Ahead of the First Round of 2014/15 Capital One Cup, we've picked out some Round 1 thrillers from previous years

Ahead of the First Round of 2014/15 Capital One Cup, we've picked out some Round 1 thrillers from years gone by.

York City 3-4 Barnsley – 1968/69

York City and Barnsley were drawn against each other at the first possible opportunity in the League Cup of 1968/69, setting up a mouth-watering Yorkshire derby.

Barnsley were in the third tier of English football with York sitting one division below. In an enthralling battle, the result went with the pre-match predictions as Barnsley came through 4-3.

Since that day, York haven’t beaten the Tykes, losing seven and drawing three. 

Stockport County 8-7 Mansfield Town (on aggregate) – 1997/98

Two divisions separated Stockport and Mansfield Town when they faced each other in the First Round of the 1997/98 League Cup, but the match was far from a foregone conclusion.

In the era of two-legged matches, the Stags - from the Third Division - took a 4-2 lead to Edgeley Park thanks largely to Iyseden Christie’s four-minute hat-trick either side of half-time in the first match at Field Mill. 

Christie’s fourth over the two legs further cemented Mansfield’s lead in the return leg but two Stockport goals made the game interesting at 2-1 - 5-4 on aggregate - after 135 minutes. 

Mike Flynn and Alun Armstrong scored for Stockport with John Doolan and Tony Ford netting for Mansfield, ensuring the Stags were still one goal ahead heading into the closing stages.

However, Andy Mutch equalised for 7-7 after 88 minutes on the day and then a last-minute winner from Kevin Cooper put Stockport ahead for the first time in 180 minutes and into the Second Round.   

Shrewsbury Town 3-3 Ipswich Town (2-4 on penalties) - 2009/10

Shrewsbury Town, of League 2, were drawn against Championship outfit Ipswich Town in the First Round of the 2009/10 League Cup. 

Deemed an easy passage into Round 2 for the Suffolk side, especially when Connor Wickham gave the Tractor Boys an 11th-minute lead, the match was turned on its head when Jake Robinson and Dave Hibbert netted in quick succession to make it 2-1 to the Shrews.

Alan Quinn’s 18-yard free-kick and Wickham’s second put Roy Keane’s side back in control, before Shane Cansdell-Sheriff made it 3-3. 

After extra-time, Robinson and Graham Coughlan missed penalties in the shoot-out, and Ipswich scored all four of their attempts to end any hopes of an upset.

Nottingham Forest 3-3 Notts County (4-3 on penalties) - 2011/12

Nottingham Forest, of the Championship, won this First Round epic against local rivals Notts County 4-3 on penalties after an enthralling 3-3 draw.

Mike Edwards gave County the lead but Lewis McGugan smashed home a 25-yard free-kick in reply. After the break, striker Robbie Findley put Forest in front but Craig Westcarr equalised to force extra-time.

Lee Hughes put the Magpies, of League 1, back ahead in the additional 30 minutes but Wes Morgan levelled to take the match to penalties.

In the shoot-out, Jonathan Greening struck the post with Forest's first but Hamza Bencherif couldn't find the net with County's third penalty.

George Boating and Hughes also missed but Forest defender Luke Chambers kept his cool and Neal Bishop missed to give Steve McClaren his first victory as Forest boss in what was a true cup classic.

Derby County 5-5 Scunthorpe United (6-7 pens) - 2012/13

With one division between Derby County and Scunthorpe United, the lower-ranked Iron travelled to Pride Park for what turned out to be an absolute belter of a match. 

Derby were coasting at 3-0 and 4-1, and then could have moved 5-1 ahead only for Theo Robinson’s spot-kick to be saved by Sam Slocombe. 

Despite two Iron goals making it 4-3, the Rams looked to have killed off the challenge when Nathan Tyson put them 5-3 in front with seven minutes to go. 

But 90th-minute goals from Bobby Grant and Connor Jennings took the tie to extra-time and subsequently penalties. 

An enthralling shoot-out was ended when Tom Naylor hit the bar and sent Scunthorpe, who would go on to be relegated from League 1, into Round 2. 

Northampton Town 2-1 Cardiff City - 2012/13

League Cup runners-up in the previous campaign, Cardiff City ended the 2012/13 season with promotion to the Premier League, but not before their campaign started with disappointment in the Capital One Cup.

Missing eight players through international duty, the Welsh club took a fourth-minute lead through Heidar Helguson’s penalty and all looked to be going to plan. However, Northampton then responded before the interval courtesy of a David Artell header. 

Alex Nicholls scored three minutes into the second half as the League 2 club held on to cause a huge League Cup shock at Sixfields. They were knocked out by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the following round.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-3 Newport County - 2013/14

Newport County marked their return to the League Cup in 2013/14 with a thrilling extra-time win against Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Exiles were returning to the League Cup after a 25-year absence and went behind early on with Ashley Barnes netting for the Seagulls.

But Inigo Calderon was dismissed midway through the second half and Justin Edinburgh's men made their numerical advantage count.

Danny Crow took the game into extra-time with a header and the striker added a second before Conor Washington sealed the dramatic win.

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