Rovers’ Under-17s suffered FA Girls’ Youth Cup heartache after falling to a dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to Aston Villa.
The Centre of Excellence starlets led 2-0 at the break, but let their lead slip in the second-half to miss out on a spot in the semi-finals.
Rovers struggled to get their passing game going early on, but took their opportunities when they came along.
They opened the scoring midway through the first-half when Natasha Fenton’s free-kick was put through her own net by a Villa player.
Fenton did the damage again less than 10 minutes later, as she smashed a superb 35-yard set-piece over the keeper and into the back of the net.
With a comfortable two-goal cushion, Rovers enjoyed plenty of possession and saw the half out in confident fashion.
The next goal was always going to be crucial and it went the way of the visitors less than two minutes after the restart when a ricochet fell fortunately to one of the Villa players.
Rovers were struggling to deal with Villa’s direct style and they were soon made to pay as the visitors got back on level terms.
The comeback was complete 20 minutes from time when a corner was headed home by an unmarked Villa player.
Rovers responded well, applying plenty of pressure as they went in search of an equaliser, with Ellie Cook going close late on, but it proved to be in vain, as Villa progressed to the last four.
Coach Amanda Goodwin said: “It is a disappointing result, because we deserved to go through. We have got to learn from it and learn how to cope better against teams who play with such a direct style.
“It’s still all to play for in the league and we’ve got to make sure we go and win that competition now.”
ROVERS: Maher, Foster, Samuels, Cook, Pearson (Hockenhull 70), Fenton, Taylor, Stanway, Toone, Johnson, Adams (Kay 65).