Rovers Ladies delivered another impressive performance in front of an expectant Ewood Park crowd, as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stoke City.
Goals from Natasha Flint, Saffron Jordan and Jess Holbrook secured the points for the newly-crowned champions, who were presented with the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division trophy after the game.
On a night of celebration for the club, Rovers’ title-winning Reserves were also presented with their medals and trophy, before the first team took centre stage, posing for photos with the three pieces of silverware they have secured so far this season.
Rovers made a strong start to the game and could have been in front inside the opening minute, but Lagan Makin fired wide Holbrook’s pass.
Stoke thought they had opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Cassie Hyde’s shot was superbly saved by Danielle Hill, but Emily Owen was offside as she tapped home the rebound.
At the midway point in the half, Makin cut the ball back to Holbrook, who forced a smart save from Natalia Hall, but seconds later, Flint fired an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner from 25 yards out to register Rovers’ 100th goal of the campaign – and in some style!
Rovers ought to have doubled their lead on 36 minutes when Holbrook played the ball through to Jordan, one-on-one with Hall, but she couldn’t keep her shot down.
The forward made amends just a minute after the restart however, as Lynda Shepherd’s shot was well saved, but Jordan was on hand to rifle home the rebound.
It was one-way traffic towards the Stoke goal from then on, as Flint, Makin and Jordan all went close, before Holbrook added a deserved third on 71 minutes with a cool finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Makin should have made it four moments later, but she fired over on the follow-up after Jordan’s strike across goal was saved.
Shepherd saw a shot saved and Alex Taylor drilled over from distance, as Rovers romped to victory, before receiving a fitting reception from the fans, as the pitchside presentations took place.
Gemma Donnelly’s side now have two league games remaining before they take on Southern Division champions Charlton Athletic in the Play-off Final at Sheffield United on Sunday May 27th.
ROVERS: Hill, Jukes (Clarkson 80), McDonald, Cook, Taylor, Fenton, Holbrook (Walsh 84), Shepherd, Flint, Makin, Jordan (Montgomery 75).
Subs not used: Size, Cunliffe.
Source: Blackburn Rovers Ladies