Rankine brace stuns Millers

The hosts began brightly as they sensed an opportunity to collect a

league scalp and they should have taken the lead inside the opening

five minutes, but Daniel Parslow blazed over after ghosting past

three defenders. Rotherham began to get a foothold in the game as

the first half wore on, though, and Stephen Brogan wasted two

gilt-edged chances to give the League Two side the lead. First he

hit the post from Ryan Taylor’s cute header and then he dragged his

shot inexplicably wide when the goal was gaping. York came strong

after the break and took a deserved lead when Chris Smith headed

home from close range in the 66th minute following Rankine’s cross.

And Rankine got in on the act five minutes later after Luke

Ashworth hauled him down in the area and the striker got up to

stroke the resulting penalty coolly home. Rankine put the game to

bed to complete a 13-minute barrage when he cut inside and placed

his shot neatly in the far corner to set up a second-round tie with

Darlington, while Ronnie Moore’s men were left to contemplate a

third exit to non-league opposition in the last four years.