Rovers Ladies 7-0 Blackpool Girls
Lancashire Womens Challenge Cup (Second round)
Sunday October 28th, 2012
Rovers Ladies thrashed Blackpool Girls 7-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Lancashire Womens Challenge cup.
Five second-half strikes helped secure the emphatic victory for Scott Rogers’ side, who are looking to lift the trophy for the fourth season in succession.
Blackpool started brightly and had the game’s first chance, which went well wide.
Rovers barely got out of second gear, but soon started to take control of the contest. Nichol Forster and Beth Donoghue were both guilty of missing clear-cut chances, before the holders eventually broke the deadlock on 25 minutes. Donoghue went through and was brought down for a free-kick and Keeleigh Savage stepped up to curl ball over the wall and into the back of the net.
Rovers continued to create chances, but a combination a poor finishing and some good goalkeeping kept the score to a minimum.
The hosts did double their lead before the break when Hannah Forster spotted the keeper off her line and struck a superb 35-yard lob into the unguarded goal.
Rovers ran riot at the start of the second half, with Donoghue grabbing a quickfire double inside seven minutes. She rounded the keeper for 3-0, before latching onto goalkeeper Gemma Jackson’s long clearance to make it four.
As Blackpool’s heads dropped, Rovers remained in control, with Kim Turner and Katie Anderton both going close. Eventually Anderton added the fifth, rifling home with her left foot, before setting up the sixth, when her cross from the right was put into her own net by a Blackpool defender.
As Rovers piled on the pressure, they were denied by the woodwork and failed to finish off the rebound, before Nichol Forster finally got her goal, coolly converting Donoghue’s low cross to complete the rout.
Manager Scott Rogers said: “First of all I must praise Blackpool. The effort those girls had to put in for 90 minutes was brilliant and they tried to play, which I thought was a great sign.
“However, I always felt that even with rotating and resting two or three we would still win the game. We didn't really get out of second gear, but we were comfortable and our class showed.
“If anything, I wanted us to be more ruthless, but it’s great to be in next round, as it’s a cup we always look to do well in.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Pennington, Oates, Bennett (Turner 55), Marsh, Twohig (Cox 46), H. Forster, Whitham (Anderton 50), Savage, Donoghue, N. Forster.
Subs not used: Roberts.