Rovers Ladies Reserves 0-2 Manchester City Reserves
(Reserves) Mid/North Division One
Sunday October 14th, 2012
Chelsea Flanagan scored twice as Rovers Ladies Reserves slipped to their first defeat of the season at home to an in-form Manchester City side.
Rovers started slowly, allowing City to pile on the pressure and set the pace of the game.
It took 20 minutes before Rovers registered their first attack, Kim Turner with a great ball out wide to Evie Manning, who crossed for Hollie Kelsh to shoot just wide.
Rovers were forced to make an early change when the injured Amy Bland was replaced by Kelly Halligan on 25 minutes, but the substitute made an immediate impression, winning a free-kick on the edge of the area which Halligan took herself, but it went just over.
Despite sustaining good periods of possession going into the break, Rovers were slow to get going after the restart, resulting in Flannagan breaking down the left, taking on two players and slotting home to take a 53rd-minute lead.
Rovers responded immediately, as a great cross from Manning found Halligan at the back post, who volleyed into the back of net, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
Shortly after, Flanagan drove forward through the Rovers defence and grabbed her second of the game to make it 2-0.
With nine minutes remaining, Rovers’ Jess Lowrie suffered a serious head injury, which resulted in the game being suspended as an ambulance was called.
Manager Zoe Johnson said: “This is a disappointing result and we didn't play like we are capable of doing.
“We must now work hard in training this week to rectify this and look to get back to winning ways next weekend against Nottingham Forest. This will be a good test of character for us now.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Moorhouse (Rutter 74), Fuller, Weston, Turner, Flynn, Lowrie, Farrell, Kelsh, Bland (Halligan 25), Manning.