Rovers Ladies Reserves 3-1 Liverpool Ladies Reserves
(Reserves) Mid/North Division One
Sunday September 9th, 2012
Rovers Ladies Reserves maintained their 100% start to the season with a hard fought 3-1 win at home to Liverpool.
Rovers were slow out of the blocks and went a goal down inside two minutes when some sloppy defending allowed Sophie Jones to go clean through and she slotted past Gemma Jackson.
For the remainder of the first half, Rovers had short spells of good possession, but were unable to create any real clear cut chances in the final third.
Rovers started the second half much better than they did the first, pressing higher up the pitch and causing the Liverpool back four problems.
On 50 minutes, Hollie Kelsh was brought down 30 yards out and Kelly Halligan looped the free-kick over the wall and left the Liverpool keeper back-pedalling and unable to stop the ball from going in.
Moments later, Ainsley Strickland came off the bench for her debut and showed some neat touches. She got her reward on 75 minutes when a fine long-range shot from Emma Moorhouse was parried by the Liverpool keeper and Strickland showed great instinct to coolly slot the ball home into the far corner.
Liverpool pressed for an equalizer – hitting the post and having efforts cleared off the line by a resilient Rovers defence.
On 85 minutes, Kelsh picked up the ball 35 yards out and unleashed a superb strike that beat the keeper and went in off the inside of the post to secure the three points.
Manager Zac Foley said: “This was another pleasing result for us against a very physical Liverpool side.
“It wasn't our best performance, but the girls showed great character and resilience to come back from a 1-0 deficit, like they did the week before against Sunderland.
“In the coming weeks, we need to start better during games and look to impose ourselves better on the opposition in the opening periods. Second half we were much better and I had no doubt at half-time that we had enough quality in the side to create chances.
“We are very happy with the start we have made, but we cannot become complacent because we will have another tough game next week at home to Leicester City.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Palmieri, Rutter, Weston, Newton (Lowrie 65), Whitham, Moorhouse, Boulton, Halligan (Wilson 70), Kelsh, Noori (Strickland 55).