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Buzzing for the girls

“They really stuck to the game plan and left nothing on the pitch”

13 October 2019

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Rovers Ladies boss Gemma Donnelly couldn’t hide her delight at securing a maiden Championship victory at Durham.

Ellie Stewart put the Blues ahead in the first-half and they held on to seal a vital first three points in the second tier, against one of the division’s title contenders.

Donnelly admitted it was a weight lifted off everyone’s shoulders to get that win under their belts.

“I can sleep tonight that’s for sure, I haven’t slept for two months! I’m just so buzzing for the girls and everybody involved.

“It’s been tough but the girls have kept their heads. We’ve not encountered negativity and I thought they were absolutely brilliant today.

“They really stuck to the game plan and left nothing on the pitch. They’ve come off and they’re tired – fair play to them, they deserved it.

“We’re all so relived to finally get some points on the board. We’ve had a long journey, an early start but they’ve just clicked today.

“I can’t say it was the prettiest football, it was just effective. We’ve got the penalty and put Durham on the back foot. They’ve had to try and find a way to break us down and they couldn’t.”

And it was just as pleasing to earn a first clean sheet of the season.

“First-half we were quite lucky until getting the penalty. Fran Stenson has been absolutely unbelievable.

“They had two or three odds on goals to score and she’s stuck her arm out and stopped that ball from going in the net. Brilliant from her today.

“That cascaded from back to front in terms of everybody’s commitment and passion and willingness to put bodies on the line and that’s exactly what we’ve done.

“We’ve gone in front once or twice this season but teams have nicked it back so that’s testament to the girls and their mental strength.

“You couldn’t come to a tough place and a tougher team to play when you’re searching for points and they’ve really pulled it out of the bag today, so I’m delighted for them.

“Hopefully they can all rest tonight and we can go into training to plan again for Durham next weekend.”

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