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Albion no match for rampant Rovers

12 September 2016

Rovers Ladies continued their fine goalscoring form with a 5-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Following their 19-0 cup win over Rotherham the previous weekend, Gemma Donnelly's side were comfortable winners once more thanks to a brace apiece from Ella Toone and Saffron Jordan, and a headed goal from Faye McCoy.

Before kick-off a minutes silence was held to remember Sylvia Gore MBE, an ambassador for Ladies football, who sadly passed away earlier in the week. 

But once the game got under way it was Rovers who were quickly in the ascendency, taking the lead after just 13 minutes.

A quick free kick saw the ball played to Toone down the left, and she beat her marker before cutting inside and finding the bottom corner.

Jordan was then denied by a smart close-range save, but on 28 she got the goal her play deserved, showing quick reactions to fire home after Danielle Whitham's well-struck shot wasn't held.

However West Brom pulled a goal back almost immediately from the penalty spot after Kayleigh McDonald was adjudged to have fouled an Albion player in the box. Trina Greaves finding the back of the net from 12-yards despite keeper Danielle Hill getting a glove to the ball.

Rovers should have extended their advantage further before the break but they were twice denied by the woodwork. Toone seeing a shot strike the post, before McCoy's long-range effort clipped the top of the crossbar. 

Thankfully the Rovers Ladies didn't have too long to get back amongst the goals when they made it 3-1 on 52 minutes with a fine team goal.

As McCoy floated the ball into the area for Jordan, she nodded down for Toone who grabbed her second of the afternoon with a composed finish.

It was soon 4-1 when McCoy herself then got amongst the goals when she flicked the ball home after latching onto a long McDonald free-kick upfield.

That put clear daylight between the two sides, but the visitors' task was then made all the more difficult when they were reduced to ten men as Greaves saw red after receiving her second booking of the game.

The closing stages saw Rovers take advantage of the space afforded to them to grab a fifth goal. Toone turning provider to feed fellow forward Jordan who grabbed her second of the match with a fine lob to complete a comfortable afternoon at Bamber Bridge.

ROVERS: Hill, Bickett, McDonald, Cook, Pearson, McCoy (sub Rankin 69 mins), Shepherd (sub Fenton 85 mins) , Holbrook, Toone, Whitham, Jordan.

Subs not used: Strickland.

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