Karen Boyle bagged FIVE goals, as Rovers Ladies booked their place in the third round of the FA Women’s Cup courtesy of a thumping 13-2 victory over Liverpool Marshall Feds.
Rovers raced into an early three-goal lead and never looked back.
Danielle Sheen converted a cross at the back post on three minutes, before Boyle doubled Rovers’ lead shortly after. It was 3-0 by the 10-minute mark, as a corner was cleared only as far as Jess Holbrook, who lashed home a left-foot shot from the edge of the area.
Sheen then glanced a Millie Shaw cross just wide, but the same duo combined to great effect midway through the half, as Sheen headed home Rovers’ fourth.
A well-worked Rovers move resulted in Boyle rifling home her second just past the half-hour mark, before Sheen threaded the ball through to Alex Taylor, who finished low under the Liverpool keeper.
Holbrook grabbed her second on 40 minutes, finding the bottom corner when one-on-one, before Boyle completed her hat-trick on the stroke of half-time, latching onto a ball over the top, before rounding the keeper.
Rovers picked up where they left off at the start of the second half, as Holbrook played a defence-splitting pass to Boyle, who netted her fourth on 48 minutes.
Boyle then turned provider, cutting infield from the flank, before squaring the ball to Sheen, who fired just beyond the keeper’s reach for her hat-trick.
Rovers introduced Sophie Jones on the hour mark and she made an immediate impact, scoring with virtually her first touch.
A brilliant strike from Boyle on 65 minutes brought up Rovers’ dozen – and her fifth – before Feds finally got on the scoresheet with a fantastic 25-yard free-kick.
Jones drilled home Rovers’ 13th on 78 minutes, before Liverpool registered the final goal of the game on 82 minutes with a rocket from the edge of the box.
Manager Gemma Donnelly said: “Considering it was our first competitive fixture since November, it was especially pleasing to play so well and record such a convincing victory.
“We play Feds quite often in friendlies and only won 1-0 on the last occasion, so we expected a difficult cup tie and given that it was a massive weekend of cup upsets, we were eager not to add our name to the list.
“Thankfully, going 3-0 up inside 10 minutes, we knew which way it was going to go. The girls were incredibly up for it, they were organised and it was a good all-round performance.
“I’ve got to give special praise to Kaz for her five goals. She was very clever with her movement, she worked tirelessly and was ruthless in front of goal.
“I also want to mention Amie Fleming, who was an absolute workhorse in midfield. She epitomises everything we want to instil into the players, hence why we chose her as captain.”
Rovers’ reward is a home tie against south-coast club Portsmouth in the third round, which will be played at AFC Darwen this Sunday (February 1st), kick-off 1pm.
ROVERS: Jackson, Bourne, Twohig, Chandarana (Jones 60), Shaw, Shepherd, Fleming, Holbrook, Taylor, Boyle, Sheen.
Subs not used: Anderton.