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Walsh and Stanway star in FA Cup Final

Two ex-Blues made the difference at Wembley

7 May 2019

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Manchester City Women won the Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday, beating West Ham United Women 3-0.

And it was two former Rovers players who made the difference at Wembley…

Midfielder Keira Walsh, who was at Rovers’ Centre of Excellence from a young age, scored the opener for Manchester City.

The England international played for Rovers in the FA Girls’ Youth Cup Final against Arsenal in 2013.

Fellow England regular Georgia Stanway was pictured at that Final getting a photograph and autograph from current team mate Steph Houghton. 

Fresh from picking up the PFA Young Player of the Year last week, Stanway scored the second goal of the game.

She also came through the Centre of Excellence and played six games for Rovers’ first-team in 2014/15, scoring seven goals before being signed by City.

Current Rovers manager Gemma Donnelly coached the players through various age groups at Rovers.

“It shows the ability we have at Blackburn Rovers to be able to produce homegrown talent," Donnelly commented.

"And give them the opportunity in competitive football and nurture them into real potential talents."

Both also helped England to lift the She Believes Cup earlier this year, with Walsh’s long range assist going viral.

“It made me smile because from an early age I know how long she had spent dedicating her time practicing to perfect her passing.”

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