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Final delight for Bridlington Rovers Ladies

Bridlington Rovers Ladies celebrate their League Cup final win
Bridlington Rovers Ladies celebrate their League Cup final win

Bridlington Rovers Ladies claimed a 5-3 penalty shoot-out win against AFC Preston in Sunday’s East Riding League Cup final at the Roy West Centre, Hull.

After a goalless 120 minutes, the Brid team kept their cool to mark their debut campaign with a cup success.

Rovers manager Mark Womersley said: “This is a massive achievement.

“The players have been brilliant this season. They deserve this, they battled and wouldn’t be defeated’

“I’d like to thank everyone that came to support. We filled the stand at East Riding FA headquarters, so the support was excellent.

“Now we have to hungry for more, this has to be the start of something. We must kick on from here

“We are away to Mill Lane on Sunday in another must-win match if we want to finish third and then away to Barton Town the following Wednesday. If we win both we’ll finish third.”

Rovers went into the final as underdogs, but were full of confidence after a great run of results since Christmas, only dropping five points.

Their cup run had also seen them knock out North Ferriby United 3-1, followed by beating Mill Lane 4-1 in the quarter-finals and a penalty shoot-out win over leaders Hall Road Rangers Ladies in the semis.

The game started at a fast pace with Ellie Harding racing through on goal, forcing a save from the Preston keeper.

The Brid side were dealt a blow though after 10 minutes when leading scorer Harding pulled her hamstring, ruling her out for the rest of the game.

Rovers didn’t let this effect them, pushing forwards and constantly asking questions of the Preston defence.

Preston registered their first meaningful shot after 35 minutes but was comfortably saved by keeper Amy Pratt.

Rovers’ back three of Danielle Kendrick, Mel Marsden and Kennedy Elvin were proving difficult for the Preston forward to play against.

The Brid team came close again shortly before the break when Demi Hanson raced clear slotting past the keeper but unfortunately hitting the post.

After half-time, once again Rovers started brightly coming close with a strike from Chamaine Pinder, but Preston started to grow as the second half went on forcing Pratt to make several saves.

Rovers also came close with a free-kick from Vicky Stonehouse forcing the AFC Preston keeper into a save.

Extra-time saw Rovers determined not to be beaten with more excellent defending from Marsden, Elvin and Kendrick, and Jess Coyne in midfield, thwarted most of the Preston attacks and when called on Amy Pratt was equal to everything in the Rovers goal.

Hannah Mitchell forced a great save and another impressive Pinder strike was turned away.

To penalties it went. Rovers keeper Pratt saving Preston’s third penalty, with Rovers scoring all five of theirs through Stonehouse, Coyne, Chloe Bennett, Pinder and skipper Marsden, the latter scoring the winning penalty.

Marsden also went on to claim the official player of the match award.

Brid Rovers Ladies: Pratt, Kendrick, Marsden Elvin, Mitchell, Coyne, Bennett, Hanson Pinder, Harding, Stonehouse. Used substitutes. Sykes, Cloherty, Wingfield. Unused subs: Scales Pollard