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Ladies lift Lancs Cup

27 April 2017

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Rovers Ladies retained the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Challenge Cup thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over Fylde Ladies at the Country Ground on Wednesday night.

For the third time in matches between the two sides this season, Faye McCoy proved to be the difference with a second half winner to clinch the trophy for the 11th time.

Games between Rovers and Fylde have been close-run encounters this campaign and the cup tie was no different. With little between the two teams in an even opening at Leyland.

McCoy had the first chance of note on 21 minutes when she headed goalwards from a corner, but the ball was stopped on the line.

That prompted a spell of pressure up to half-time from the Rovers Ladies but they couldn't make it count.

Saffron Jordan twice went close before Jess Holbrook struck a powerful effort that just cleared the crossbar.

It was Fylde who started the second half on the front foot, pinning Gemma Donnelly's side back, but the Rovers soon gained the upper hand once more.

A Holbrook free-kick found Ellie Cook in the area but her header across goal was well saved by Danielle Brown.

However after Jordan had fired over following good work from Ella Toone, the Coasters almost grabbed the opener as Olivia Wilkes threatened, but Cook was there to make an important block.

The crossbar was soon rattled as Rovers went back on the offensive, Cook again unlucky not to open the scoring as she once more met a Holbrook centre.

Just three minutes later the frame of the goal saved Fylde once more, McCoy striking the bar from fully 30-yards.

But after knocking on the door repeatedly, Rovers finally got the goal their play had merited just past the hour mark.

A corner was sent into the six-yard box and as Brown couldn't hold, McCoy was there to head the ball over the line to spark jubilant scenes.

Rovers pressed for more goals with Toone and Jordan both going close. Then after great work from substitute Emma Rankin, her cross from the right was diverted against the post.

But whilst dominating play, with forwards Toone and Jordan getting themselves into some great positions, they weren't able to get the second goal to settle the tie.

But another goal wasn't needed as Rovers saw out the remaining minutes with ease to be Lancashire champions once more.

ROVERS: Hill, Whitham, McDonald, Cook, Pearson, Shepherd (c), Holbrook, McCoy (sub Fenton 76 mins), Taylor (sub Rankin 57 mins), Jordan, Toone.

Subs not used: Bickett, Montgomery

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