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Report: Aston Villa Women 2 Rovers Ladies 1

Alex Taylor had pulled one back for Gemma Donnelly’s side

8 September 2019

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Rovers Ladies went down 2-1 against Aston Villa at Villa Park, despite a spirited second-half performance from the Blues.

Melissa Johnson opened the scoring in the first-half and Marisa Ewers doubled Villa’s advantage.

Alex Taylor pulled one back immediately with an early goal of the season contender, but it wasn’t enough for Rovers to get anything out of the game.

The home side started the better of the two sides and showed their intention early on. Fran Stenson collected efforts from Amy West and Johnson.

And Villa went ahead after 27 minutes. Emma Follis got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Johnson to tap home from close range.

Follis almost scored a goal of her own but Stenson made a brilliant save to tip her effort onto the bar.

Rovers had a brilliant chance to level when Danielle Whitham found Jess Holbrook in acres of space in the box, but the midfielder was denied by Villa stopper Sian Rogers.

Stenson continued to be kept busy at the other end – Ewers forced her into a diving save.

The Villa midfielder wouldn't be denied early in the second period, when the ball was pulled back for her to slot home inside the box.

But Rovers responded immediately thanks to a stunning goal from Taylor. She lobbed Rogers from 35 yards out to halve the deficit.

There were more sensational saves to come from Stenson, denying West twice and tipping Shania Hayles’ acrobatic effort onto the bar.

Rovers had a great chance to level the match in injury time when Kayleigh McDonald, up for a corner, headed the ball on target only for Rogers' save to prevent an equaliser and a share of the points.

Next up for Rovers is the visit of Sheffield United Women to Bamber Bridge on Sunday 15th September, 2pm.

ROVERS: Stenson (GK), Pearson (Taylor 45), Holbrook, Davies, Fenton, Jordan (C), Lord-Mears (Montgomery 75), McDonald, Whitham (Jukes 45), Fletcher, Stewart.

Unused Subs: Hill (GK), Jones, Redman.

Goal: Taylor (55)

Bookings: Fenton (24), Taylor (90)

HT: 1-0

Referee: Emily Heaslip

Attendance: 1,261

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