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Donnelly backs players to shine again

“I’m relishing another Cup final and the opportunity to retain the League Cup title”

27 April 2019

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Gemma Donnelly is backing her Rovers Ladies team to lift more silverware this weekend.

The FA Women’s National League Cup holders face Crawley Wasps at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium in the Final on Sunday. 

“It would be an amazingly accomplishment to retain this trophy. With skill and hard work I know we can make it a reality,” the Rovers boss said ahead of the match.

“The squad has both experience in terms of playing in cup finals and the quality to prevail in this competition.”

But she knows it will be no easy task against a Crawley side who have lifted their own league title, as well as reaching this cup final. 

“Congratulations to Crawley on their hugely successful season. They’ve had a fine run in both the league and domestic cups. 

“Albeit they’ve a division below us, I’m sure they’ll be able to compete in the Southern Premier Division next season.”

“As always we’ve prepared accordingly and done our homework on Crawley. We too have had yet another hugely successful season and this is a competition that we intend to retain the title in." 

The Blues are proud holders having faced Leicester City Women last season in an initially close encounter, but romped to victory with a 3-1 win over a side promoted into the FA Women’s Championship this season. 

“It was certainly a highlight of last season to play in the League Cup Final, of which it was a first for Blackburn Rovers Ladies to achieve the final stage. 

“We don’t want a repeat of last season in how we started, by conceding an early goal and actually within the first 20 minutes we could have been two or three nil down. 

“However, as always, the players dug deep and found their composure. Quality certainly prevailed and I would suggest 3-1 is an unfair reflection of our dominance on the game.” 

This season’s cup journey almost ended at the first hurdle. Rovers found themselves two goals down at home to Liverpool Feds from the division below, before winning on penalties after a 3-3 draw. 

That was followed by victories over Guiseley Vixens, Fylde Ladies and then Sunderland Ladies - all from the same league. 

“We had a difficult run in the Cup. All were tight games, but given the memorable experience from the previous season, the players were all determined to progress to the Final. 

“I’m relishing another Cup final and the opportunity to retain the League Cup title.”

Tickets for Sunday’s Final are priced at £5 for adults, £2.50 for concessions, £1 for U10s and free of charge for Under-3s. 

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