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Shepherd: Target achieved

“It’s a great achievement and we see it as our trophy”

13 May 2019

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Lynda Shepherd felt proud to lift the Lancashire Challenge Cup once again on Thursday night, it what was her final appearance in the competition.

The Rovers Ladies captain led the Blues to yet another County Cup title, beating Fylde Ladies 2-0 in the Final at the Couny Ground in Leyland.

“It feels really good,” the skipper said post-match.

“Obviously it’s always one of our targets to retain this cup. Five times in a row we’ve done it and I think I’ve won it 11 times personally.

“I’m really proud. The feeling’s the same every time we lift it. It’s a great achievement and we see it as our trophy here at Blackburn so every year we want to come back and win this.”

Rovers had to fight for the victory, but it ended up being a dominant display. Natasha Flint and Saffron Jordan both netted, to make it 89 goals scored between them this season, in all competitions.

“It was always going to be a battle against our rivals,” Shepherd added.

“In the first-half we had to be patient. They set up and sat behind the ball and frustrated us so we were patient with the ball and kept moving it quick.

“And then when the opportunities come, take them and those two again both got one each.”

Shepherd also praised the backline, who kept another clean sheet to match the achievement in the League Cup Final and title-winning league game.

“Serena (Fletcher) was cup tied so Alex (Taylor) slotted in and didn’t look out of place at all. I thought all of them were brilliant.

“I don’t think they had much defensive work to do but on the ball, even Dan (Gibbons) as a collective unit, well done to them."

There’s still one final game for Shepherd at Rovers - the Championship play off against Coventry United on Saturday 18 May. Get your match tickets and coach travel online now!

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