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Ex-Limerick Winger Steps Off Bench To Inspire FA Cup Comeback For The Ages

Ex-Limerick Winger Steps Off Bench To Inspire FA Cup Comeback For The Ages

Rotherham made an FA Cup comeback for the ages against Solihull Moors on Monday night.

The League One side were 3-0 down against the National League team by the 62nd minute.

13 minutes later, the comeback began when former Limerick winger Chiedozie Ogbene - who had come on a substitute in the 54th minute - sent in a cross from deep on the right which found Freddie Ladapo on the edge of the six-yard box. The forward side-footed to the net to make it 3-1.

That was the first of three assists from Ogbene. The 22-year-old left Limerick to join Brentford in January 2018, moving onto Rotherham in late August. He's made 11 appearances in all for Rotherham this season, including three starts in the league.

Centre-back Michael Ihiekwe got Rotherham's second in the 79th minute and then in the 88th minute, Ogbene raced by the Solihull left-back to find another sub, Michael Smith, with a cross. Smith equalised with a header.

Ogbene and Smith's heroics were not done there. The comeback was completed in the first minute of injury time when Rotherham right-back Matthew Olosunde kept the ball in play near the end line and Ogbene sent in an out-swinging cross which was met the head of Smith. The ball bounced beyond the reach of Ryan Boot and hit the net.

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