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Report: Rovers Ladies 3 Coventry United 0

Rovers have completed a historic quadruple

18 May 2019

Rovers Ladies were crowned 2019 Championship play off winners with a 3-0 victory over Coventry United at Bradford City’s Valley Parade.

Saffron Jordan, Natasha Flint and Natasha Fenton were all on the scoresheet for Gemma Donnelly’s side, who have now completed a historic quadruple.

Coventry went close to breaking the deadlock early on, Bethan Merrick striking the bar from outside of the area.

At the other end, Kayleigh McDonald’s header was collected by Susan Wood in the Coventry goal.

Jess Holbrook then thought she’d given Rovers the lead - her curling first-time effort narrowly missing the far post.

The Blues were growing into the game and finally opened the scoring just before the break. Fenton found namesake Flint, who played in Jordan to smash the ball home from inside the box.

The striker, who picked up the FA WNL top scorer award at last night’s FA Women’s Football Awards, has ended the season with an incredible 47 goals in 36 games.

Flint almost added a second soon after the restart, trying her luck from distance and forcing Wood into a diving save.

The Rovers number 10 wasn’t to be denied a minute later, running onto Holbrook’s pass and lofting the ball over the onrushing Coventry stopper from 20 yards out to double the lead. It was a spectacular finish to net her 44th goal in 33 games.

But that was only after Helen Dermody could have levelled. She struck the bar from 25 yards out, and after that, you sensed it was going to be Rovers’ day.

Flint was inches away from grabbing her second straight away, breezing past the Coventry midfield before striking over the bar.

The Blues continued to create chances. Lagan Makin clipped the bar after some good build up play from the front two, before turning provider for Jordan, whose effort was diverted wide.

Fenton completed the scoring, rising like a salmon from Holbrook’s corner to convert a bullet header and continue her scoring streak.

Wood held on to Jordan’s long range strike before Player of the Match Holbrook created some space in the corner and crossed for Makin, who headed wide.

On her final appearance for the club before retirement, Lynda Shepherd almost popped up with a goal at the death, only for Wood to foil her, after McDonald had her header cleared off the line.

But a 3-0 victory, clean sheet, and taking home another trophy, was the perfect way to cap off another brilliant season.

ROVERS: Gibbons, Jukes, Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Davies (Taylor 80), Fenton, Jordan, Flint, Makin, McDonald, Fletcher (Walsh 84).

Unused subs: Size, Stewart, Charlton.

Attendance: 539


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