N'Guessan steals show for Imps second-string

Last updated : 29 January 2007 By Richard Brown

A rousing performance from the giant Frenchman sparked an equally-impressive second-half fight back from the young Imps, undoing a 2-0 half-time deficit to triumph over Premiership Blackburn Rovers' young guns.

Dany N'Guessan - Man of the Moment
In front of first team coach John Schofield, a youthful City second-string managed to nullify a miserable first-half showing where, despite saving a penalty, reserve ‘keeper Simon Rayner shouldered much of City's woes.

Short-changed with a back pass from his defence, Rayner was rounded for Rovers' opener and was helpless to prevent Rovers from doubling their lead, palming a penalty for Raffaele de Vita to dispatch the rebound for Blackburn.

City would, however, produce the mother of second-half comebacks to overturn the deficit.

Driven by the strapping figure of N'Guessan, City equalised through a Ben Wilkinson header before the 19-year old Frenchman burst clear of the Rovers' rearguard to produce a classy finish to pull the Imps level.

A moment of madness in the Rovers' defence saw City take an unlikely, albeit not totally undeserved lead late doors.

Midfielder Owain Warlow whipped in a speculative cross that caused panic amidst the Rovers' rearguard, with Blackburn youngster Tony Kane deflecting the ball to the lively Leon Mettam who'll, ultimately, claim the goal.

The reserves will now go into the draw for the semi-final of the competition.

LCM MOTM: Dany N'Guessan (pictured)