Rovers’ Centre of Excellence Under-17s advanced to the third round of FA Girls’ Youth Cup courtesy of a 4-0 victory over Everton.
Captain Natasha Fenton opened the scoring with a 25-yard strike, which was too hot for the Everton keeper to handle.
Rovers doubled their lead just after half-time. After winning the ball back, the hosts broke down the right, through Ella Toone and Georgia Stanway, before a dangerous delivery into the box was slotted home by Leah Foster at the back post.
Stanway then bagged a brace, twice latching onto through balls from midfield, to round off a fantastic team performance from the home side.
Coach Amanda Goodwin said: “Having previously played Everton in the league at the start of the season, we knew that the game wasn’t going to be easy, but we worked hard in the week leading up to the game on how we wanted to play and how to stop Everton from playing.
“They are a hardworking team, but we matched that all over the pitch with quality and desire. We were organised out of possession and ruthless in possession, scoring four but creating many more goalscoring chances.
“It was an outstanding team display by all the players. They were organised, hardworking and had a clinical element to their game. Everton were limited to two chances on target the whole game, which epitomises the work ethic these players have in training and games.”
Rovers’ reward is a quarter-final tie at home to Aston Villa this Saturday (February 7th).
Third round draw in full:
Gillingham v Stoke
Rovers v Aston Villa
Hampshire or Middlesex v Arsenal
Oxford v Birmingham