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Point secures progress

Posted: Mon 15 Oct 2012
Lagan Makin

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Rovers Ladies booked their place in the Last 16 of the Premier League Cup following a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City.

Rovers Ladies 1-1 Manchester City
Premier League Cup (Group Game 3)
Sunday October 14th, 2012

Rovers Ladies booked their place in the Last 16 of the Premier League Cup following a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City.

Lagan Makin’s opener on the 30-minute mark was cancelled out by Danielle Young after the break, but the point was enough to see Scott Rogers’ side secure top spot in Group 4.

The crunch cup decider took time to get going, with some tough tackles by both teams the only action of note in the early exchanges.

Rovers created the first chance through Beth Donoghue, who shot wide, before City engineered an opening of their own, but their left forward failed to finish. 

As Rovers piled on the pressure, City’s defence began to crack and Makin and Nichol Forster both saw shots well saved by the keeper.

The visitors thought they had taken the lead on 25 minutes, only to be denied by a late linesman’s flag, and moments later Rovers made the breakthrough. Good link-up play saw Donoghue slide in Makin, who cut back inside before firing across the keeper for 1-0. 

Rovers came close to extending their lead shortly after, but Danielle Brown pulled off a great save to touch it round the post. 

City started brightly after the break, playing some dangerous balls into the box, before eventually getting the equaliser with a well-worked goal from Young on 65 minutes.  

Rovers responded well, creating a couple of chances from distance and a corner that was somehow cleared, before they too had a goal ruled out for offside. 

Both teams played some attractive stuff as they looked to find a winner and Rovers almost nicked it late on, but Nichol Forster’s shot went narrowly wide. 

Rogers said: “It was a good day for us. We progressed through as group winners, which was our main aim. We don’t know the next round of games, unlike last year, so we had to make sure that we won the group and we have done that. 

“It was a good game of football, but I thought we just edged it with clear-cut chances. A draw was good enough though and we are delighted with the outcome. The result keeps our unbeaten run going and that was also important.”

ROVERS: Parker, Oates, Bennett, Roberts, Marsh, Twohig, H. Forster, Anderton, Donoghue (Savage 50), Makin, N. Forster.

Subs not used: Pennington, Whitham.