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Donnelly delighted to reach another cup final

Rovers Ladies have won the competition a record 12 times

21 January 2019

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Manager Gemma Donnelly felt Rovers were always in full control during the Blues’ 3-0 win over Burnley Women on Sunday.

The result booked Rovers’ place in the Lancashire FA Challenge Cup Final, where they will face league rivals Fylde Ladies.

In front of a capacity crowd of 550 at Padiham FC, goals from Lagan Makin, Natasha Flint and Alex Taylor secured derby bragging rights for Rovers. 

Donnelly said: “I thought the girls were good today, they showed their quality.

“The set up against us was respectful, albeit we won 3-0. The amount of possession and how we dominated the game, the score probably doesn’t reflect a true story of the game. 

“However a win is a win and I’m delighted to progress to another final.”

Fourth tier side Burnley set up a defensive wall for most of the game, which Rovers managed to breach midway through the first-half via Makin’s wonder strike. 

“We just had to be patient. They were camped in their half for a long period of time and it was frustrating.

"But we’ve come across it a number of times throughout this season whereby teams sit back and that was no different to what Burnley did.

“Credit has to go to Burnley. We’ve come here and they’re trying to spoil our party. Thankfully they didn’t but they were very well drilled and organised and incredibly tough to break down.”

Flint and Taylor netted equally impressive finishes to put the game well beyond the Clarets in the second half.

“We just had to keep moving it about and wait for someone to switch off. That’s when you can capitalise and that’s what they did.”

Danielle Gibbons was largely untroubled in the Rovers goal, with the home side failing to muster a shot on target. 

That shutout was Rovers’ 10th of the season in all competitions, and Donnelly was most pleased with that side of the result. 

“We pride ourselves on trying to maintain a clean sheet. It was uncharacteristic of us to concede three goals last weekend against Huddersfield, given that we’ve conceded four all season in the league before that. 

“So we tightened up on that during the week and it’s pleasing to see that they are executing on the pitch what they are doing in training.”

Rovers return to league action this Sunday when Sheffield FC are the visitors to Bamber Bridge, (2pm). 

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