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Report: Burnley Women 0 Rovers Ladies 3

Rovers took home the bragging rights in the East Lancashire derby

20 January 2019

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Rovers Ladies defeated arch-rivals Burnley Women 3-0 to progress into the Lancashire FA Challenge Cup Final.

Goals from Lagan Makin, Natasha Flint and Alex Taylor secured a safe passage into the Final, where Rovers will play league rivals Fylde Ladies. 

The scoreline didn’t reflect Rovers’ dominance against the Clarets, who failed to trouble Danielle Gibbons throughout the game. 

It’s the 15th successive year that Rovers have reached this stage of the competition, and Gemma Donnelly’s side will be looking to lift the trophy for a record 13th time. 

In front of a packed crowd at Padiham FC, chances were few and far between early on as the home side set up a defensive wall on the edge of their area.

Rovers did have opportunities through Makin, who couldn’t find the target from Taylor’s cross, and Kayleigh McDonald, who was unable to get a strong connection on Jess Holbrook’s corner. 

Makin opened the scoring with a worldie of a strike midway through the first-half. The ball fell to the wing-back on her return from injury and she made no mistake, volleying over the keeper and into the roof of the net. 

The same pattern of Rovers pressure continued in the second-half. Lynda Shepherd and Holbrook combined well on the edge of the area before the latter’s shot was well saved by Lauren Bracewell. 

Rovers had the ball in the net again when Saffron Jordan slid in to get on the end of Flint’s shot, but the offside flag was raised to disallow the goal.

Flint turned provider to pick out Taylor on the right and her half-volley went narrowly wide. The striker was involved again, shooting wide following a lay-off from Charlotte Stuart.

And it would be Flint who doubled the Blues’ advantage, latching onto Holbrook’s pass before smashing the ball home from the edge of the area.

Taylor made the game safe with 15 minutes remaining, getting on the end of Natasha Fenton’s pinpoint cross to volley into the top corner. 

The Blues attempted to add further gloss to the scoreline when Fenton and Flint both took aim from distance, but couldn’t hit the target.

Burnley did have one chance to get on the scoresheet, capitalising on a defensive error on the edge of Rovers’ box, only for Evie Priestley to sky her shot over.  

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

ROVERS: Gibbons, Jukes, Taylor, Shepherd (C), Stuart, Holbrook, Fenton (Pacitto 78), Jordan, Flint (Donoghue 80), Makin (Davies 70), McDonald. 

Unused subs: Size, Clarkson. 

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