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Report: Wolves Women 0 Rovers Ladies 4

A dominant Cup display from Gemma Donnelly’s side

2 December 2018

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Rovers Ladies progressed to the SSE Women’s FA Cup Third Round with a 4-0 victory over Wolves Women at the CKW Stadium.

Bethany Donoghue opened the scoring before Alex Taylor added a second and an own goal on the stroke of half-time had the visitors in full control. Jess Holbrook struck to make the game safe in the second half.

The first chance fell the way of Rovers as Holbrook’s cross was headed towards goal by debutant Eve Clarkson, but the defender’s effort was claimed by Wolves stopper Katie Clarke.

At the other end Danielle Gibbons pulled off a fantastic save from point blank range to deny Jade Cross.

But it was Rovers creating most of the opportunities. Natasha Flint had a trio of chances, seeing her shot from the edge of the box go narrowly wide, before another effort was blocked by Haynes. She then hit the side netting after being picked out by Lynda Shepherd.

Donoghue went even closer to breaking the deadlock when her close range shot came back off the post, but she would find the net just three minutes later.

Lagan Makin’s shot hit the bar and fell at the feet of Donoghue, who couldn’t miss from close range.

That goal gave Rovers the confidence to increase the pressure and they did just that when Taylor headed in Makin’s pinpoint cross to double the Blues’ advantage.

Taylor turned provider soon after to score the third, playing a brilliant ball over the top of the defence to Flint, whose shot came back off the post and rebounded into the net off Natalie Widdal.

Flint still looked dangerous after the break, but her powerful strike from Donoghue’s knock down was blocked, and her first-time effort went just wide.

Makin almost made it a hat trick of assists when she found substitute Hannah Walsh in the box. However, the midfielder was unable to hit the target with her first touch.

Wolves did threaten through Cross, but Gibbons was equal to her shot from a tight angle and able to gather the ball.

The fourth goal came with a quarter of an hour to go. Holbrook picked up the ball 20 yards from goal and smashed it into the bottom corner to seal a safe passage into the next round.

There was still time for Shepherd to force Clarke into a diving save and Natasha Fenton to hit the bar with a header, but Rovers settled for the four goals.

Next up for the Blues is a home tie against Sunderland Ladies in the League Cup next Sunday, (2pm).

Rovers: Gibbons, Jukes, Taylor, Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Fenton, Flint, Makin (Stuart 79), McDonald, Clarkson (Kennerley 73), Donoghue (Walsh, 64).

Unused Subs: Size, Jordan.

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