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Rovers girls make history across the pond!

Under-19s triumph over in the United States!

6 April 2018

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Rovers Girls Under-19s have become the first English team in history to lift the Dallas International Girls Cup.

The club took two teams out to America for the prestigious youth tournament, with the Under-14s unable to progress past the group stage, whilst the Under-19s came home with the trophy.

The Under-19s kicked off the competition with a 4-2 defeat to American side Solar Composite – who they would go on to meet again in the final. 

They followed that up with a 4-0 victory over Dallas Texans and a 3-1 victory over Solar Williams to advance to the knockout phase as group runners-up. 

A 3-1 win over D’Feeters Composite in the quarter-finals and a 2-0 victory over Australian side NWS Koalas in the semis saw Rovers book their place in the final. 

Having lost to Solar Composite in their opening group game, Rovers were out for revenge and an impressive team display saw them secure the silverware with a 1-0 win.

Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly, who accompanied the two teams to the States, said: “It is the fourth year we have gone to Dallas and we have enjoyed the experience every time.

“A number of the Under-19s had competed in the tournament previously, some of them when they were Under-14s, but they had never previously made it out of the groups. Now, they’ve gone out there and won it, which is a great story.

“The older age group have always been competitive – having reached the final and semi-final on previous occasions – but this was the first time an English team has actually won the Dallas Cup.

“The competition has been running for eight years and a total of 275 teams from all over the world took part this year, so it is quite an accomplishment to win it. It’s amazing to do what they have done.”

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