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Ladies look for cup boost

Posted: Fri 28 Mar 2014
Author: rovers.co.uk
Gemma Donnelly

Gemma Donnelly

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Rovers Ladies will go in search of silverware when they take on Preston North End in the final of the Lancashire FA Womens Challenge Cup this evening.

Appearing in the final for the 11th season in succession, Rovers will be looking to lift the trophy for the ninth time, having lost last year’s final to Blackpool Wren Rovers on penalties.

Rovers have an impressive record against Preston in the competition, having beaten them 3-1 at the semi-final stage last season and 6-2 the last time the two teams met in the final back in March 2011.

Interim manager Gemma Donnelly hopes her young side can reclaim the county crown, but insists league survival remains Rovers’ primary objective. 

“It’s a big game, against our local rivals,” said the Rovers boss.

“They’ve been fully prepped, we’ve enjoyed a good week of training, so it’s an opportunity for the girls to enjoy the occasion and produce a performance worthy of a victory.

“The full focus though has to go towards the league, where we’ve got Derby County away at the weekend. Albeit we want to be victors in all competitions, the girls are slightly preoccupied with performing in the league, where it’s getting quite critical in terms of picking up points.

“We’re just dealing with one game at a time and focusing on that and doing the best that we can in the circumstances, given the backlog of fixtures and issues with injuries.”

Tonight’s final will be held at the County Ground in Leyland, kick-off 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, and all supporters are welcome. For live updates from the LFA Headquarters, follow @RoversLadies on Twitter.