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Donnelly delighted with final day win

Ladies boss thrilled to see her side battle back from 2-0 down to beat Boro 3-2

22 May 2018

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Gemma Donnelly was delighted to see her side maintain their winning momentum ahead of Sunday’s Play-off Final against Charlton Athletic.

Rovers Ladies battled back from 2-0 down against Middlesbrough in their final league fixture to claim a dramatic 3-2 win thanks to second-half strikes from Natasha Fenton, Natasha Flint and Saffron Jordan.

The result was Rovers’ seventh successive league victory in a hectic four-week period, during which time the team completed a remarkable ‘treble’ by retaining the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division title, as well as lifting both the Premier League Cup and Lancashire Cup.   

Donnelly insists Rovers won’t reflect on their achievements just yet, but will prepare properly for Sunday’s Championship showdown with Southern Division champions Charlton Athletic at Bramall Lane.

“We’re trying to perfect certain areas,” said the Rovers Ladies boss after the game. “I think the busy schedule has taken its toll on them – particularly in the first half.

“To travel away again and this is the fourth fixture in a week, but then let’s not even count the 12 or 13 games we’ve played in the last five weeks!

“So the girls are knackered basically. First half, Middlesbrough were better than us. They worked hard, they pressed and they wanted it more than we did.

“But I think in the second half we showed why we are champions, because when we’ve actually turned it on, it could have ended up 4-2 or 5-2, and I think that just shows the quality that we’ve got in the team.

“So overall, I’m really, really pleased. As a group, we’ve not really been able to absorb the accomplishments of this season, because games have been coming thick and fast.

“This week will be no different – we’ll start planning for Sunday’s game. Obviously I’m super pleased for the girls and the staff and everybody that’s involved at the club for the season that we’ve had, but it’s all down to Sunday now.”    

Rovers fans are reminded that the club are putting on a supporters coach to Sheffield United, which will leave Ewood Park at 10am on Sunday. The cost is just £15, which includes your match ticket.

For more information or to book your seat on the coach, please call 01254 372000 or visit the Roverstore at Ewood Park.

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