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Ladies earn National League Cup progress

Charlotte Stuart the hero as Rovers Ladies progress in the cup following penalty shootout

4 September 2018

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Rovers Ladies edged past Liverpool Feds in dramatic fashion to progress in the National League Cup and continue their defence of the title.

It took penalties to book their place in the next round of the competition, with Charlotte Stuart bagging the winning spot-kick after Alexandra Brookes saved an earlier penalty in the shootout, as Rovers won 5-4 on penalties.

Gemma Donnelly's side showed great character after going 3-1 down during the game before scoring twice in the final 13 minutes to take the game to extra time.

With no added strikes in the following 30 minutes, Rovers managed to hold their nerve from 12 yards to book their place in the next round.

Things didn't start well for the hosts, as Jennifer Rogers put the Feds in command just three minutes into the encounter at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium in Bamber Bridge.

But Rovers responded well and Beth Donoghue scored just nine minutes later, only for Rogers to score her and the Feds' second goal as she tapped home from close range after a neat move.

That was how it remained for the rest of the half, but after the break things got worse for Rovers as the Feds made it 3-1 just before the hour. This time it was Demi Devereaux who scored direct from a corner to give Rovers a mountain to climb.

And that mountain only got steeper when Natasha Fenton was sent off just three minutes later for a second bookable offence.

Donoghue gave Rovers hope when she pulled a goal back on 77 minutes before the comeback was complete as Saffron Jordan levelled things up with six minutes left on the clock.

With no further goals, the game went to penalties and lady luck was on the side of the hosts, who sneaked through with Stuart the hero with the final spot-kick of an exhilarating tie.

ROVERS: Brooks, Taylor, Stuart, Walsh, Penton, Shepard (c), Holbrook, Davies, Makin, Jordon, Donoghue.

Liverpool  Feds: M.Pope, Mendes, Clark, Charlton, A.Pope, Thompson, Lee, Mortimer, Devereaux, Rogers, Kinvig.

*Photo: Colin Shorrock

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