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Ladies rescued late by Lynda

12 March 2015

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Lynda Shepherd scored a stoppage-time equaliser, as Rovers Ladies secured a dramatic 1-1 draw away to Sporting Club Albion.

In a hotly-contested encounter, Rovers made a slow start and were on the back foot for much of the first half.

That said, Gemma Donnelly’s side did create the first real chance of the game, as Jess Holbrook got in down the channel and struck a low shot across the keeper, who gathered well.

At the other end, Rovers had Gemma Jackson to thank, as the Welsh stopper produced a superb point-blank save to palm a close-range shot around the post.

However, the keeper was powerless to prevent Albion from opening the scoring just before the break. Kelly Bourne underhit her back-pass and Kirsty Allen nipped in to slide the ball over the line.

After some stern words at the interval, Rovers came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half, boxing Albion into their own half.

With the visitors intent on slowing the game and disrupting play at every opportunity, Rovers became increasingly frustrated, which led to a number of incidents both on and off the pitch.

Rovers threatened the Albion goal on numerous occasions, with Sophie Flynn twice going close, before Danielle Sheen skied an effort over the bar.

There was then pinball in the box, as a couple of goal-mouth scrambles came and went, before Rovers eventually got their reward in added time. Vicky Westerman delivered from out wide, Sheen’s shot came back off the post and Shepherd was on hand to side-foot it home.

“I’m delighted we managed to rescue a point,” said Donnelly. “It was a game of two halves and the least we deserved.

“We can’t start games so slowly and fall behind, because then we’re playing catch up. However, it was good to see the character and togetherness of the squad, which was very apparent in the second half.

“Hopefully they can take that second-half desire and quality into Sunday’s game and start more positively. That’s the target.

“Finally, I must give a special mention to Millie Shaw, who changed the game when she came on after an hour and produced superb performance at left-back. Also Gemma Jackson, who again had a wonderful game – saving a one-on-one and parrying another around the post.”

ROVERS: Jackson, Bourne (Shaw 59), Twohig, A. Taylor, Westerman, Holbrook, Shepherd, Fleming, Flynn, Sheen, Boyle.

Subs not used: Hutcheson, M. Taylor.

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