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Donnelly elated after play off triumph

Title winners Rovers Ladies lifted a trophy for the fourth time this season

18 May 2019

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Gemma Donnelly was almost lost for words after her Rovers side completed the quadruple by beating Coventry United 3-0 at Valley Parade.

Both sides already had their place in the FA Women’s Championship confirmed, but this game crowned Rovers as the overall champions of the third tier.

“I can’t even put it into words. Who would have expected it at the start of the season after the disappointment of the last two seasons?

“I’m so proud of the girls for sticking at it. They’ve been class all year. And then to top it off with this, which we’ve been waiting so long for. To do it in such style as well, I have no words.”

It wasn’t until just before the break that Rovers opened the scoring via top goalscorer Saffron Jordan and it was very much a close encounter before that.

“It was tough. The first half with adrenaline and emotions, tactics probably went out of the window. It was going to be a free for all.

“In the last 10 minutes we got a foothold in the game and got the goal which settled us but I thought second-half we were dominant and showed our class. I’m thrilled for the girls.”

Natasha Flint was also on the scoresheet once again, taking her goal tally to 44 goals for the season.  

“As they say, it’s a team effort. Everyone has to work hard for the ball to get up to them. We spoke about it at half-time about them working harder at the top.

“Even though they’re scoring all these goals, they are still in the spotlight because we want them to be the best that they can. And I think they worked incredibly hard in the second-half, closing down.

“That’s how we’ve created a couple of the goals.”

Donnelly admitted it’s now time for a well earned celebration after such success.

“We’ll definitely take today, tomorrow and maybe a week even to celebrate. The girls deserve it.

“This is the end of our season, the close of one chapter and the start of a new one.

“But I think they are all going to have a glass of alcohol-free champagne over the course of the next few days.”

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