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Ladies progress in county cup

Goals from Taylor and Jordan earn Rovers a semi-final spot

9 October 2017

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Rovers Ladies booked their place in the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Women's Challenge Cup courtesy of a 2-1 victory over local rivals AFC Fylde.

Quickfire goals from Meghan Taylor and Saffron Jordan saw Rovers lead 2-0 at the break and although Fylde pulled a goal back late on, the reigning champions saw the game out to maintain their winning start to the season.

Rovers started the tie strongly, with Jordan denied by the woodwork, before Jess Holbrook's low shot was blocked by the keeper.

Just past the half-hour mark, Danielle Hill made a tremendous save to keep the scores level, before Rovers broke the deadlock soon after.

Taylor started and finished the move - playing the ball forward before following the attack and when Holbrook cut the ball back, she was there to finish from close range.

Moments later, Jordan doubled Rovers' lead. Another well-worked Rovers move saw Holbrook claim another assist, this time with a deftly-weighted cross for Jordan to acrobatically fire home.

Rovers were comfortably in control for much of the second half, until the officials handed Fylde a lifeline eight minutes from time.

Fylde countered well with pace, before forcing Hill into a terrific save from Lagan Makin's effort. Chelsey Jukes believed she had cleared the rebound off the line, but the assistant referee awarded the goal.

A nervy ending ensued, but Rovers kept their concentration and defended resolutely to book their place in the last four.

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