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Match Report | Rochdale 0-0 Barrow

12 March 2022

Match Reports

Match Report | Rochdale 0-0 Barrow

12 March 2022

Rochdale were held to a goalless draw at home to Barrow on Saturday and were forced to settle for a share of the points.

There were three changes to side that lined up against Sutton United last weekend, as Corey O’Keeffe, George Broadbent and Matty Done came in for Jim McNulty, Alex Newby and Conor Grant. 

Dale had the first chance of the game, when Tahvon Campbell saw his effort well-saved. 

He showed great strength a short time later to get in to the area and then had a couple of shots blocked. 

Soon after, Jimmy Keohane cut inside and curled an effort towards the top corner, but was kept out by Paul Farman, who dived to his right to push it away. 

The Barrow ‘keeper then denied James Ball. After George Broadbent stabbed the ball into the area, Farman came out quickly off his line to block Ball’s shot. 

As Rochdale continued on top, Keohane struck wide of the target from 20-yards. 

The Bluebirds grew into the game as it progressed and they had several shots in quick succession blocked by resolute Dale, who stood firm.

Before the half was out, Ollie Banks met a Barrow corner at the back post which came crashing off the bar and Keohane was forced to clear the danger off the line. 

Dale dominated the second but couldn’t find a way past the Cumbrians. 

Broadbent sent a superb diagonal to O’Keeffe early on, who sent it across goal first time, but despite the best efforts of Ball and Campbell to try and get something on it, the visitors defended behind for a corner. 

Campbell then tried an acrobatic effort from the edge of the area which dropped wide of the far post, before he saw his powerful effort kept out by the legs of Farman.

Shortly after the hour, Max Clark met O’Keeffe’s free-kick and had a header saved by the ‘keeper. 

Dale’s first substitution of the game came soon after, with Matty Done making way for Alex Newby. 

Against the run of play, in a rare sight on goal, Aaron Amadi-Holloway glanced Patrick Brough’s cross narrowly wide of the upright.

But still Dale came forward and George Broadbent hit an effort wide from 20-yards. 

A second Rochdale substitution followed, as Danny Cashman replaced Stephen Dooley. 

Rochdale continued in search of a goal and Broadbent fired a first time effort over the bar late on, while O’Keeffe had a low shot held by the goalkeeper. 

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