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Report: Rovers Ladies 2-2 Coventry United Ladies

Saffron Jordan’s brace wasn’t enough for all three points

27 October 2019

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Rovers Ladies were forced to settle for a point at home to Coventry United as it finished 2-2 in front of nearly 1,000 fans at Ewood Park.

Amber Hughes opened the scoring for the visitors before a Saffron Jordan double either side of half-time put Rovers in control. But Shannon O’Brien’s late strike gave United a share of the spoils.

It was the hosts who started the brighter of the two sides and could have taken the lead when Jordan cut the ball back for Natasha Flint to strike, but her effort deflected over the bar.

Jess Holbrook then found space for two curling efforts, only for Sue Wood to stand strong in the United goal.

But Coventry were more clinical in front of goal and when their opportunity came, they took it.

Hughes broke free and made no mistake when one-on-one with Fran Stenson, slotting the ball into the near corner.

She could have had a second but strayed offside at the back post and the linesman's flag came to Rovers’ rescue after she tapped the ball in.

That sparked Gemma Donnelly’s side into life and they felt aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty when Jodie Bartle took down Flint in the area.

Rovers would be level two minutes before the break. Jordan had the simpliest of tasks to tap in after Wood failed to deal with Rhema Lord-Mears’ cross.

The Blues came out strongest in the second-half and Jordan had her second within a minute of the restart.

She picked the ball up in the box, moved it onto her right and curled it past Wood to give her side the lead.

Both sides then exchanged taking shots from distance with Natasha Fenton forcing Wood into a brilliant one-handed save before Stenson was also called into action to deny Hayley Crackle.

A flurry of Rovers chances followed and they could have put the game to bed had Danielle Whitham or Jordan found the net. Ellie Stewart also rattled the bar as the Blues continued to press for a third.

When that didn’t come, Coventry were still in the game.

And with just two minutes to go, O’Brien’s turn and shot in the box flew into the corner and put the away side back on level terms.

Holbrook went agonisingly close to a winner in injury time but her strike just missed the far post and it finished honours even at Ewood.

Next up, Rovers host Liverpool at Bamber Bridge in the Continental Cup on Thursday 21st November, (7:45pm).

ROVERS: Stenson (GK), Jukes, Holbrook, Fenton, Jordan (C), Flint, Lord-Mears, McDonald, Burrows (Pearson 56), Whitham, Stewart.

Unused Subs: Perry (GK), Taylor, McDaniel, Robertson, Fletcher.

HT: 1-1

Attendance: 966

Referee: Christina Hattersley

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