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Derby delight for Danielle

1 October 2015

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Danielle Sheen scored a late winner as Rovers Ladies got the better of local rivals Preston North End.

The only goal of the game arrived 15 minutes from the end when Sheen’s shot found the roof of the net.

Most impressive was Rovers’ defensive display, as Gemma Donnelly’s side recorded a fifth straight clean sheet.

The visitors made a strong start, with Sheen denied by the Preston keeper with just 30 seconds on the clock.

Saffron Jordan fired wide from a right angle on seven minutes, before seeing her low shot on the turn saved 11 minutes later.

A Jess Holbrook free-kick then forced a smart save from the keeper at the midway point in the half, before Sophie Jones headed over the bar from a corner moments later.

The hosts grew into the game as the half wore on, twice striking the crossbar either side of the half-hour mark.

Jones then fired wide of the near post and Natasha Fenton saw an effort from the edge of the area palmed around the post, as Rovers ended the half in the ascendancy.

Preston made a lively start to the second half, creating two clear-cup opportunities from pull-backs inside the opening six minutes, but Rovers’ rearguard stood up strong to the test.

And they got the goal their dogged display deserved 15 minutes from time when Sheen found the roof of the net from the edge of the box for her second of the season. 

Manager Donnelly said: “We were absolutely superb in the first half and played some of the best football I’ve seen from us this season.

“We combined the work rate we showed in our first meeting with Preston and the quality we produced against Sporting Club Albion.

“We were unlucky not to be ahead at half-time, but then we were disrupted by the enforced changes we had to make in the second half and we were less effective.

“However, the girls have got to be commended for their discipline and defensive duties, because we were on the back foot for a large proportion of the second half and another clean sheet demonstrates our resilience.

“We were missing several key players, including Amie Fleming, Vicky Westerman and Karen Boyle, so we weren’t at full strength, but the ones tasked to do a job did it exceptionally well and the players really rallied and dug deep to get a result that we needed against a strong Preston team, so we’re delighted.”

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Kinvig, Bickett, Taylor (Lambe 84), Flynn, Shepherd, Fenton, Holbrook (Hope 59), Jordan (Johnson 79), Sheen, Jones.

Subs not used: Maher.

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