By Mackenzie Byrne http://kenzieebyrnesoccerviews.blogspot.com/
Blackburn Rovers Ladies secured their place in the third round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Loughborough Foxes Women.The hosts, currently plying their trade in the Women’s Premier League Northern Division, started the game brightly and could have found themselves a goal to the good in the early stages, but were denied by a resilient Foxes defence, goalkeeper and frame of the goal. Rovers had Foxes pegged back for the majority of the first half & had ample chances to break the deadlock, but Foxes defended well & rode their luck at times. Conversely, a rare Foxes set piece nearly saw the visitors ahead, but Jodie Bartle was unable to direct her back post header on target. Unfortunately the visitors were unable to hold out till the break and Rover’s top scorer, Saffron Jordon notched the opener just before half time. Rovers lead 1-0 at the break.The second half continued in similar fashion to the first with Foxes defending resolutely against their higher tiered opposition. However, the visitors were unable to keep the hosts out for much longer as Jordon added her second of the game eight minutes after the restart. A few tactical changes were made, which saw Foxes pressing higher up the pitch in the hunt for a route back into the game, and it came with less than twenty minutes remaining. Charlotte Cooper shifted the ball past two defenders and fired her effort into the top corner with Foxes first effort on target - game on!Foxes had more of a bite in their play as they wanted lightning to strike twice but their deficit was short lived as Blackburn restored their two goal lead. Amy Burle pulled off a worldy save, but the resulting corner was converted by Kayleigh McDonald. Rovers looked dangerous from set pieces all afternoon. Rovers’ third goal knocked the wind out of Foxes’ sails and halted their fight back into the match. Rovers’ Jordon then grabbed the match ball by rifling her ninth goal of the season, and third goal of the afternoon into the top corner. Curtains for Foxes.Blackburn put their name in the hat for the third round of the Women’s FA Cup, whilst Foxes will look to put their Cup heartache aside as their focus turns to higher tiered Leicester City Women in the last 16 of the League Cup.