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Report: Rovers Ladies 3 Sunderland Ladies 1

Second half comeback seals Rovers’ Quarter Final place

9 December 2018

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Rovers Ladies came from a goal down to beat Sunderland Ladies 3-1 at Accrington and Rossendale College and progress into the League Cup Quarter Final.

Emily Hutchinson had given the Black Cats the lead, before Saffron Jordan equalised and a Natasha Flint double titled the game in Rovers’ favour. 

The Blues had the game’s first opportunity as Natasha Fenton played an inch perfect ball forward for Jordan, but the striker’s shot flashed over the bar.

The visitors went straight down the other end and Hutchinson forced Danielle Gibbons into a smart save.  

But Rovers were soon back on the attack, with Lagan Makin beating her marker down the right and crossing, only for Sunderland keeper Sophy Stonehouse to deny Jordan from close range. 

Several more chances came and went, with Flint and Fenton both failing to find the target from distance. 

The Black Cats were a threat on the break however, and Kayleigh McDonald had to be alert to clear the danger when Sunderland skipper Keira Ramshaw played in Bridget Galloway. 

Rovers looked dangerous from set pieces near the end of the half. Stonehouse fumbled Flint’s curling free kick, before Lynda Shepherd rose highest from the resulting Fenton corner, but couldn’t divert her header on target. 

Sunderland took the lead straight after the break. Galloway crossed for the unmarked Hutchinson, who struck the ball in from close range.

Rovers tried to respond when Shepherd found Holbrook on the edge of the box, but her shot went over the bar. 

The home side would get back on level terms a minute later. Flint got to the byline and crossed for Jordan to finish first time.

That goal put Rovers right in the ascendency, and Makin had a trio of chances in quick succession. Firstly, seeing a shot deflected wide before her half-volley failed to hit the target and then her latest effort sailed over the bar. 

Flint almost got her second assist of the game, picking out Alex Taylor down the right, but Stonehouse was equal to her low shot. 

Gemma Donnelly’s side thought they had taken the lead when Charlotte Stuart’s shot went over the line following a goalmouth scramble, but the goal was ruled out for offside. 

They wouldn’t have to wait long for that second goal. Playing the ball out from inside their own box, Stuart found Makin who crossed for Flint to chest the ball down and finish brilliantly in off the post. 

Sunderland had a rare chance to level when Rovers failed to clear – but Ramshaw’s effort went wide of Gibbons’ goal. 

That miss would prove costly as the Blues made the game safe within 60 seconds. Flint scored a fantastic solo goal, moving the ball onto her left foot and unleashing an unstoppable strike straight into the top corner. 

Jordan almost grabbed her 25th goal of the season when she raced through and poked her effort wide, but three goals were enough to see Rovers through to the next round. 

Rovers: Gibbons, Jukes, Taylor (Davies 89), Shepherd (C), Stuart, Holbrook (Walsh 89), Fenton, Jordan, Flint, Makin (Donoghue 80), McDonald. 

Unused subs: Size, Kennerley. 

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