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LEICESTER CITY 2 V TRANMERE ROVERS 1
Worthington Cup Final, 27th February 2000

The final was the best for years. Scott Taylor’s successful tackle on Robbie Savage forced the ball out for a corner and Matt Elliott headed home Leicester’s first goal courtesy of a Steve Guppy cross. Leicester came close to scoring a second goal in the e60th minute when Emile Heskey passed the ball to an unmarked Muzzy Izzet in the penalty box, who hesitated and his shot flew wide of the goal

Referee Alan Walkie later suffered an injury o his right leg in the 62nd minute and was stretchered off. Phil Richards, the frurth official was brought on to replace him.

Clint Hill picked up his second booking and was sent off after a foul on Heskey in the 63rd minute. Several Tranmere players protested but the decision stood.

Tranmere down to 10 men, rallied and their persistence paid off when they equalized in the 77th minute when a fine header found its way to an unmarked David Kelly, who after narrowly escaped Matt Elliott’s attempted tackle, clipped the ball passed goalkeeper Tim Flowers. Yet, just 3 minutes later, Elliot scored another towering header from another Guppy corner kick and the league cup went to Leicester

Match Details

2000-02-27
15:00 BST

Leicester City

2 – 1

Tranmere Rovers

 Matt Elliott  29'  81'

David (Ned) Kelly  77'

THE ROAD TO WEMBELY

Leicester City

Round 2, 1st leg: Crystal Palace 3–3 Leicester City
Round 2, 2nd leg: Leicester City 4–2 Crystal Palace
Round 3: Leicester City 2–0 Grimsby Town
Round 4: Leicester City 0–0 Leeds United (Leicester won 4–2 on penalties)
Quarter-final: Leicester City 3–3 Fulham (Leicester won 3–0 on penalties)
Semi-final, 1st leg: Aston Villa 0–0 Leicester City
Semi-final, 2nd leg: Leicester City 1–0 Aston Villa

Tranmere Rovers

Round 1, 1st leg: Blackpool 2–1 Tranmere Rovers
Round 1, 2nd leg: Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Blackpool
Round 2, 1st leg: Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Coventry City
Round 2, 2nd leg: Coventry City 3–1 Tranmere Rovers
Round 3: Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Oxford United
Round 4: Tranmere Rovers 4–0 Barnsley
Quarter-final: Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Middlesbrough
Semi-final, 1st leg: Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Tranmere Rovers
Semi-final, 2nd leg: Tranmere Rovers 3–0 Bolton Wanderers

Leciester City : Tim Flowers,  Frank Sinclair, Matt Elliott (c), Gerry Taggart, Steve Guppy,  Muzzy Izzet,  Robbie Savage Neil Lennon, Stefan Oakes,  Emile Heskey, Tony Cottee. unused subs: Pegguy Arphexad, Phil Gilchrist, Theodoros Zagorakis, Andy Impey, Ian Marshall.

Tranmere Rovers:
Joe Murphy,  Reuben Hazell,  Dave Challinor (c),  Clint Hill , Gareth Roberts, Andy Parkinson ( Steve Yates 66min),  Gary Jones,  Nick Henry , Alan Mahon, David Kelly, Scott Taylor. Unused Subs: John Achterberg,  Andy Thompson, Alan Morgan,  Michael Black

Referee: Alan Wilkie (Durham)

Attendance: 74,313

 

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Special thanks to Tranmere Rovers Football club for the information.