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Ladies lose to league leaders

23 April 2015

Rovers Ladies suffered a disappointing 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Premier League leaders Coventry City.

Gemma Donnelly’s side matched the table toppers for much of the game, but were undone with four goals in the last half-an-hour.
 
Sophie Jones and Danielle Sheen had decent early chances for Rovers in a tight first half and the teams went in goalless at the break.
 
However, Coventry finally found a way through a patched-up Rovers outfit on the hour mark when Ashleigh Neville headed home from a Helen Dermody corner.
 
The home side almost equalised on 72 minutes when a neat passing move saw Jess Holbrook force goalkeeper Sue Wood in to a smart save at full stretch.

The game continued to be a tense affair, but Coventry’s pressure told just six minutes from time when they doubled their lead.
 
Callan Barber played in Destiney Toussaint, who squared for substitute Maz Gauntlett to drill the ball in to the bottom left corner.

Rovers ran out of steam and conceded two further goals in the final minutes - Dani Selmes bagging a late brace for the visitors.

Manager Donnelly remained upbeat despite the defeat: “We were under no illusion that this was going to be a tough game. They had already subjected us to our heaviest defeat of the season earlier in the campaign.
 
“However, I think the scoreline somewhat flatters them. We were right in the game up until the final few minutes and I’m immensely proud of the girls for their effort and hard work, particularly in the first-half.
 
“It was difficult to maintain that intensity and their pressure eventually told at the end. However, we take positives from the game – the togetherness of those involved was there to see.”
 
Rovers currently sit in third in the Women’s Premier League on level points with fourth-placed Bradford City, but have three games in hand on the team above.
 
ROVERS: Jackson, Flynn, A. Taylor, Westerman, Shaw, M. Fleming, Holbrook, Boyle, Jones, Sheen.

Subs not used: Bourne, Chanderana

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