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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24

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