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Shepherd bows out with a win

“It’s perfect, I couldn’t have asked for any better”

19 May 2019

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Rovers Ladies’ retiring captain Lynda Shepherd admitted winning the FA WNL Championship play off was the perfect way to finish her career.

She ended a decade-long association with Blackburn Rovers in style, lifting the trophy at Valley Parade after a dominant 3-0 victory over Coventry United.

Shep bows out of the game having played a record 260 times for the club, making her first appearance back in 2005.

And the former Northern Ireland international is now looking forward to a well earned rest.

“It’s perfect. I couldn’t have asked for any better. The performance was there, the result was there and the clean sheet. Lifting that trophy, it was brilliant.

“We’d failed two times before this and people were saying third time lucky but I said to the girls in the changing room, it’s not about luck, I don’t believe in that.

“It’s about going out there and getting what you want and what you deserve. And we’ve done that. We’ve worked hard for it and for me personally it’s brilliant.”

Rovers had to graft hard to lift their fourth trophy of the season, facing the Southern Premier Division champions in this crunch clash.

“The way the game kicked off, you wouldn’t think we already knew we were promoted. No one was going easy, it was a wholehearted performance from both teams.

“Credit to Coventry, they made it difficult at times but I think we did deserve the win. We’d created a few chances in the first-half so I was thinking please just one go in.

“Again Saffron (Jordan) popped up with a great goal. But all the girls front to back, it was a brilliant performance and a great way to send off the season.

“Obviously I’m going to miss it but it’s the right time to go.”

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