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Ladies held by Magpies

7 October 2014

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Rovers Ladies came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle United and extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Danielle Sheen secured a share of the spoils with her third of the season, but it wasn’t such a good afternoon for Lynda Shepherd, who netted an early own goal, before missing a penalty, which would have won it for Rovers late on.

Gemma Donnelly’s side made a slow start and fell behind inside five minutes when Shepherd headed a Newcastle corner into her own net.

Newcastle’s direct style caused plenty of problems early on for Rovers, who took until the midway point in the half to really get into the game.

The visitors soon started to create chances, with Sophia Riccio twice going close and Jess Holbrook striking the underside of the bar with a fantastic free-kick, but they just couldn’t make them count.

Both sides had chances at the start of the second half, before Rovers were again denied by the woodwork, as Katie Anderton crashed an effort against the crossbar from open play.

Shortly after, Riccio had a goal chalked off for offside, before Rovers eventually got the equaliser their display deserved when Anderton played the ball through to Sheen, who popped it past the keeper.

And Rovers should have won it in the closing stages, as Sheen was brought down inside the box, but Shepherd skewed her spot-kick wide.

“We are disappointed, because we scored an own goal, we missed a penalty, we had a goal ruled out for offside and we hit the underside of the bar twice – so it just wasn’t our day,” said Donnelly.

“To take positives from the performance, we ground out a result and we have come away from a long trip with a point.”

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Taylor, Shepherd, Twohig, Shaw, Holbrook, Fleming, Flynn, Sheen, Anderton, Riccio.

Subs not used: Chandarana.

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