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Report: Rovers Ladies 4 Loughborough Foxes 0

Lagan Makin bagged a brace for Gemma Donnelly’s side

3 March 2019

Rovers Ladies reached the League Cup Final for a second successive season with a resounding 4-0 win over Loughborough Foxes at Bamber Bridge.

Lagan Makin opened the scoring before substitute Natasha Flint got in on the scoring act to blow Loughborough away. 

Saffron Jordan and a second from Makin wrapped up a convincing victory that set up a Final against fourth tier Crawley Wasps on Sunday 28th April. 

The first chance fell Rovers’ way as Jess Holbrook moved the ball onto her right foot and struck narrowly wide of the target. 

Loughborough also had their chances. Eva Rogers’ effort flashed past the post, before Amelia Size, making her first appearance of the season in goal, did well to hold on to Laura Steele’s in-swinging free-kick. 

It was a frustrating first half for Rovers, who failed to create too many clear cut opportunities. But Holbrook did find Makin, who tried to chip Amy Burle, only for the Foxes stopper to get a hand to her effort. 

Rovers had plenty of defensive work to do before the break. Ex-Rover Millie Chandarana stung the palms of Size with a volley before McGrother somehow missed from close range when Rogers crossed from wide. 

And it took a last-ditch tackle from the superb Charlotte Stuart to prevent Charlotte Cooper getting a free shot on goal. 

The game turned in Rovers’ favour just before the hour mark with two goals in a matter of minutes.

Makin opened the scoring in the second-half, turning Holbrook’s cross into the top corner with the outside of her left-foot. 

The holders then got a tight grip on the game when Substitute Flint saw the keeper off her line and lobbed Burle with a brilliant left-footed chip from 25 yards out. 

Holbrook’s second assist came after she showed great feet in the box before sliding the ball across for Jordan to tap home and make the game safe. 

Burle denied Flint from close range, but it was soon four for the home side.

Makin’s first-time effort rolled under the arms of Burle after some great feet from Holbrook to complete a hat-trick of assists. 

It could have been five when Flint had the ball in the net again – only for the offside flag to deny her a brace.  

But four goals, a clean sheet and another place in the Final will do nicely for the Blues. 

Rovers turn their attention back to the league next week, when Huddersfield travel to Bamber Bridge. 

ROVERS: Size, Jukes, Shepherd (C), Stuart, Holbrook, Davies (Taylor 74), Fenton, Jordan (Walsh 68), Makin, McDonald (Flint 45), Fletcher. 


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