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We never gave up, says a delighted Damien

Rovers booked their place in the Lancashire Senior Cup Final for the first time since 2011

12 February 2019

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Development Squad manager Damien Johnson was thrilled with his side's endeavour, spirit and attitude after dramatically booking their place in the Final of the Lancashire Senior Cup.

After going 1-0 up, Rovers went into the break losing after strikes from Offrande Zanzala and Liam Nolan.

But the youngsters battled back, with the impressive Dan Butterworth superbly setting up Lewis Thompson to score with almost the final kick of the game, to take the tie to penalties.

Rovers progressed 3-2 on penalties and seal a place in the Final for the first time since 2011, to the delight of Johnson. 

“There was a really good intensity to the game," he reflected.

"They brought an experienced side with good players and it was a really good test for the lads. 

"They found it a challenge but stood up to it. I thought in the second half in particular we played with a great intensity.
"When the chances came and went, hitting the post and crossbar, you did wonder whether it was going to be our day.
"However, we kept going. Credit to the lads, because sometimes in those situations heads can drop or you start to force things. I thought it was a terrific move for the late goal."
One of the stand out performers was Butterworth, who brilliantly scored the first prior to picking the inch perfect pass for Thompson's late leveller.
Johnson added that he is pleased with the development of the young attacker following his display.
“Dan has quality at the top end of the pitch and is improving his decision making now," the supremo said.
“The first goal was terrific and had that bit of individuality about it, beating the defender then finishing clinically with his left foot."
“The pass through at the end for the equaliser was excellent and it’s something we want to see more of from him, because we know he’s got that quality."
"Overall though I thought it was a really good team performance where every player played his part."

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