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Report: Crawley Wasps 0 Rovers Ladies 3

The Blues have completed a historic ‘double double’

28 April 2019

Rovers Ladies retained the FA Women’s National League Cup with a 3-0 victory over Crawley Wasps in Sunday’s Final at the Pirelli Stadium.

Rovers had already been crowned league champions in March and have now repeated last season’s incredible achievements. 

A goal in each half from Saffron Jordan and Natasha Flint had Gemma Donnelly’s side in complete control before Jordan added her second - and Rovers’ third - late on. 

Crawley started brightly and had the game’s first attempt on goal when Faye Rabson tested Danielle Gibbons. 

At the other end, Frankie Gibbs was equal to Lagan Makin’s early effort, following a neat back heel from Jordan to play her through on goal. 

It didn’t take long for Jordan to score. The game was just eight minutes old when Lauren Davies kept Natasha Flint’s cross alive at the back post, flicking it back into the path of Jordan to poke the ball in at the second attempt and score her 100th Rovers goal in the process. 

Flint went in search of an immediate second, making a strong run through the middle before finding the stand rather than the goal. And she created another chance soon after – skilfully skipping past several challenges but couldn’t find the target. 

Shepherd was inches away from getting on the scoresheet late on in the first-half when Niamh Stephenson cleared her header off the line. 

Player of the Match Flint got the all important second goal seven minutes into the second period. 

It was a typically brilliantly finish from the striker, who was named Rovers’ Disabled Supporters Ladies Player of the Year this week. She lifted the ball over the onrushing Gibbs after collecting a pinpoint pass from Serena Fletcher. 

The Blues came close to another soon after. Flint’s audacious chested effort hit the post and came out to Jordan, whose powerful strike also came off the upright. 

Rovers’ front two were causing all sorts of problems at the top end of the pitch – Flint ran onto Natasha Fenton’s through ball but blazed over the bar from close range and her next shot went narrowly over the bar.

The backline also had their part to play to keep a clean sheet. Danielle Gibbons dealt with Rachel Palmer’s free-kick, while Kayleigh McDonald headed Palmer’s in swinging cross away.

Shepherd had another chance cleared off the line and Gibbs produced a brilliant one-handed diving save to keep out Fenton’s long-range strike as the relentless pressure continued.  

A piece of individual brilliance from Jordan wrapped up the contest. She weaved in and out of challenges in the box and empathically fired the ball into the top corner from a tight angle. 

Rovers are back in league action on Wednesday, away to Bradford City Women, (7:45pm). 

ROVERS: Gibbons, Jukes, Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Davies, Fenton (Walsh 88), Jordan, Flint, Makin (Taylor 67), McDonald, Fletcher.

Unused sub: Size.


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