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Spotland Stadium (ATT 3,789) 18th April 2009 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: A D'Urso

Rochdale Rochdale vs Darlington Darlington

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Dale's promotion bid dented

Kennedy cracker sets Quakers on their way

Last Updated: 18/04/09 11:08pm

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Kennedy: Opened scoring

Kennedy: Opened scoring

Rochdale's hopes of a top-three finish were dealt a severe blow as Darlington earned a 2-0 victory at Spotland.

The hosts looked dominant for long periods but were made to pay for wasting chances.

Jason Kennedy's fourth minute 30-yarder separated the teams at half-time. Collecting Pawel Abbott's flick, Kennedy took a touch before sending a dipping, swerving drive over Frank Fielding in the Rochdale goal.

The home side created a number of chances during the opening period, Chris Dagnall twice getting in behind the Darlington defence for gilt-edged chances. He fired the first over the top having brilliantly turned Alan White on the edge of the area, while Przemyslaw Kazimierczak saved the other.

Darlington also went close when Abbott had an early attempt saved by Fielding.

Rochdale started the second half brightly but conceded a goal and the points against the run of play in the 65th minute when Abbott's header came back off the bar and the rebound hit defender Rory McArdle before creeping into the net.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
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1 Burton Albion 39 77
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 39 58
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37

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