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LCCF Report: Rovers Ladies 2 Fylde Ladies 0

It’s a record 13th Challenge Cup Final win for Rovers

9 May 2019

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Rovers Ladies lifted the Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup for the fifth straight season with a 2-0 victory over Fylde Ladies.

It was a thoroughly dominant performance from the holders, who have now won the competition a record 13 times.

A goal in either half from Natasha Flint and Saffron Jordan wrapped up the win for Gemma Donnelly’s side.

It completes a historic ‘double treble’, with Rovers retaining the league, League Cup and now the County Cup that they won last season.

Rovers created the first chance inside the opening 60 seconds. Flint crossed for Makin, whose shot was blocked.

Flint had a shot of her own early on - a powerful drive from 30 yards out that went narrowly wide. Natasha Fenton then cut the ball across for Makin to shoot over the bar.

At the other end, Danielle Gibbons was forced into a save to deny Emily Hollinshead breaking the deadlock.

But it was ex-Fylde striker Flint who opened the scoring on her 50th Rovers appearance, coolly slotting the ball into the far corner off the post after Jess Holbrook found her in the box.

Flint had another two long-range strikes in quick succession, but neither troubled Brittany Jackson in the Fylde goal.  

The Blues should have been two ahead when Flint flicked the ball into the path of Jordan, but she elected to play in Makin rather than shoot, and the effort sliced wide.

Fylde were yet to cause the Rovers defence any further trouble and when Charlie Hignett put an inviting ball across the box, there was no Coasters player on hand to turn it home.

It took the Blues just seven second-half minutes to double their lead. Makin spotted the run of Holbrook, who cut the ball back for Jordan to fire home with a first-time finish.

Jordan turned provider for Flint, who would have tapped in her second if it wasn’t for a slight touch at the back post.

Holbrook could have had a hat-trick of assists on her 150th Rovers appearance. Her corner was flicked on to Kayleigh McDonald, whose header dropped wide.

And the Rovers number six then found Flint, with her half-volley forcing Jackson into a diving save.

The opportunities kept on coming for Rovers. McDonald had another chance inside the box, but blazed over from Fenton’s free-kick, before Jordan headed the ball in only for the goal to be disallowed for a push.

Holbrook almost grabbed a goal of her own making before the end, jinxing her way through the defence before her shot was saved by the ever-busy Jackson. 

But those missed chances didn't stop Rovers beating their league rivals to lift the trophy once again. 

ROVERS: Gibbons, Jukes, Taylor, Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Davies, Fenton, Jordan (Montgomery 85), Flint, Makin, McDonald.

Unused subs: Dykes, Jones, Redman, Walsh.

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