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Brunton Park (ATT 5,343) 28th February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

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Kavanagh strike holds Pirates

Veteran midfielder earns a point for Cumbrians

Last Updated: 28/02/09 6:59pm

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Kavanagh: Wonder goal

Kavanagh: Wonder goal

A Graham Kavanagh thunderbolt earned Carlisle a point as they drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers.

Graham Kavanagh's long-range thunderbolt earned Carlisle a point as they drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers.

Goalkeeper Ben Williams was also the home side's hero with two stunning saves which kept out efforts by Jeff Hughes and Darryl Duffy.

Carlisle's brisk start had Rovers on the back foot and the Cumbrians took a spectacular fourth-minute lead through veteran midfielder Kavanagh, who cracked in a tremendous right-footed strike from 30 yards.

However, Carlisle were unable to maintain their advantage and Rovers drew level in the 13th minute when Ryan Green played the ball forward for Hughes on the right-hand side of the penalty area.

Hughes cut inside and, as the defence opened up, lashed the ball into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

Both sides had chances to claim all three points after the break, but a combination of wasteful finishing and fine goalkeeping ensured the spoils were shared.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15

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