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Report: Stoke 2-2 Rovers Ladies (Rovers win on pens)

Danielle Hill was the hero as Rovers knocked Stoke out of the FA Women's Premier League Cup

16 October 2017

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Danielle Hill was the hero as Rovers Ladies knocked Stoke City out of the FA Women's Premier League Cup on penalties.

With the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes, Hill save three penalties and stepped up to score one of her own to spark the celebrations.

It wasn't plain sailing for Rovers, who were behind after just 25 seconds and later had to come back from 2-1 down, but goals from Lynda Shepherd and Alex Taylor sent the game to spot-kicks.

Stoke made a bright start to the game and were ahead almost immediately, with Kate Asher calmly placing the ball into the corner following a ball over the top. 

From that moment, Rovers would have most of the possession without really threatening.

On 13 minutes though, Asher should have made it two. Again through on goal from a ball over the defence, this time Hill quickly came out to block with her feet.

After the half-time interval, Rovers stepped up their game and should have been level when Saffron Jordan headed over from close range, before Natasha Fenton's curling effort rattled the bar.

Moments later, after Jordan had been fouled in the box, Shepherd continued her excellent form, bringing Rovers level from 12 yards.

Penalties were the theme of the day and, on 67 minutes, it was the home team's turn to score from the spot, following a foul from Ellie Cook inside the box.

Rovers had the better of the final stages and got their reward when Taylor got on the end of Shepherd's cross to bring the Blues level for a second time.

It finished 2-2 and, despite several chances, that's how it would stay after extra-time, meaning the game would be settled on penalties.

Shepherd scored from the spot once again, but it was soon Hill's turn to shine. The keeper saved twice before slotting home a spot-kick herself, and her third save sent Rovers through to the second round.

ROVERS: Hill, Pearson, Fryer (McDonald 98), Cook, Jukes, Shepherd, Holbrook, Fenton, M. Taylor (Cunliffe 72), Jordan, McCoy (A.Taylor 44).

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