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Ladies start title defence with victory

Rovers Ladies defeat Wolves 3-0 at Bamber Bridge

21 August 2017

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Rovers Ladies kicked off their defence of the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division title with a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Wolves.

A first-half brace from Faye McCoy and a Kelsey Pearson strike was enough to see Rovers gain all three points at Bamber Bridge.

The opening stages saw Rovers give Wolves a taste of what was to come, with new signing Chelsea Flanagan going remarkably close from the edge of the box. 

Wolves would then make two excellent blocks from efforts by Saffron Jordan and Flanagan once more before, McCoy opened her account for the season on 23 minutes.

Debutant Chelsey Jukes was played wide, before crossing towards the six-yard box for McCoy to run on and head home. 

Four minutes later, McCoy doubled her and Rovers’ tally when Flanagan’s low cross wasn’t cleared from the left and that allowed McCoy to delicately chip the ball home from close range.

After Rovers saw the ball cleared off the line, they struck once more just before the break. Flanagan played a wonderful defence-splitting pass, which allowed Pearson to get in behind and slot low past the keeper.

The second half would see a more even game at a slower tempo, as Wolves tried to find their way back into the match. The first real chance of the half came on 66 minutes, when a Wolves counter-attack was hit from range, only to go wide of Danielle Hill’s goal. 

Rovers almost made it four soon afterwards, Flanagan flicking the ball over her opponent’s head before smashing it low on the volley across the goal. The resulting corner was headed over by defender Ellie Cook. 

In injury time, Wolves almost pulled one back when Hill was caught off her line, but the resulting effort would bounce wide of her goal.

ROVERS: Hill, Jukes, Cook, McDonald, Pearson, Shepherd, Holbrook, Fenton (sub M Taylor 76 mins), Jordan, McCoy (sub Montgomery 76 mins), Flanagan (sub A Taylor 76 mins).

Subs not used: Myler, Fryer.

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