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Report: Fleetwood Town Wrens 1 Rovers Ladies 6

Another big win for Gemma Donnelly's side in the cup

19 November 2018

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Rovers Ladies progressed into the Semi Finals of the Lancashire FA Challenge Cup with a 6-1 victory over Fleetwood Town Wrens Ladies at Poolfoot Farm.

After Caz Wilcocks gave the home side the lead, Eve Kennerley equalised before an own goal and a Lagan Makin strike had Rovers in front.

Further goals from Bethany Donoghue, Lynda Shepherd and a second own goal sealed Rovers’ progression.

With just seven minutes on the clock Wilcocks capitalised on a defensive error to win the ball just outside the Rovers box and fire the ball past Danielle Gibbons to put Fleetwood 1-0 up.

Rovers responded within a minute. Kennerley cut inside onto her right foot and struck a low shot past Sarah Cook in the Fleetwood goal to score her second in as many games.

It would be a busy afternoon for Cook, but she was not troubled by Saffron Jordan’s effort which went wide or Kayleigh McDonald’s off-target header.

At the other end, Wilcocks threatened once again, but could not find the target. That miss would prove costly as the visitors went in front for the first time in the game two minutes later.

It was a fortuitous goal as Jess Holbrook’s shot was cleared, but hit a Fleetwood defender, rebounding the ball into the goal.

Rovers had Danielle Gibbons to thank for keeping their lead, as the keeper made a brilliant one-handed diving save to keep out Lauren Oatley.

Having hit the woodwork early on, Holbrook went close again mid-way through the half, finding space on the edge of the box, but her low effort dropped the wrong side of the post.

The Blues gave themselves a two-goal cushion on the half hour mark. Holbrook was the provider, as her cross found its way to Makin at the back post to fire a low shot into the bottom corner.

Holbrook and Makin combined again as the former took on two players and brought the ball forward, but Makin could not add to her goal tally after getting on the end of Natasha Fenton’s through ball.

Rovers were struggling to hit the target after half-time as Taylor, Fenton and Makin all saw shots go wide before Fleetwood put the ball in their own net for the second time. Holbrook’s centre into the box was diverted past Cook by a Fleetwood defender.
With Gemma Donnelly’s side now in complete control, the chances started to flow. Flint fired over the bar and then had a low shot well saved by Cook, as the substitute went in search of a goal.

The striker’s next effort was parried into the path of fellow sub Donoghue, who finished from close range for her third of the season.

Shepherd rounded off the scoring with 10 minutes to go, curling a loose ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

Rovers will meet one of Burnley Women, Fylde Ladies or Blackburn Community Sports Club Women in the Semi Finals of the competition.

It’s back to league action next weekend, as Rovers face Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies at home on Sunday, (2pm).

Rovers: Gibbons, Jukes, Taylor (Flint 51), Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Fenton (Walsh 65), Jordan, Makin (Donoghue 59), McDonald, Kennerley, Stewart.

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