Dale ease pain with Cup win

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

tire­lessly track­ing back to help the de­fen­sive unit, it was start­ing to be­come clear Rochdale weren’t go­ing down with­out a fight.

The goals from both teams came in fast suc­ces­sion. Af­ter a lovely cross from Pick­er­ing on the wing, Rachael se­cured her third for the sea­son early on, prov­ing an es­tab­lished mem­ber of the se­nior ladies team.

How­ever; Man Uni were quick on Rochdale’s tail and it wasn’t long be­fore the score was 1-1.

The sec­ond goal for Rochdale came from Banks, who de­spite an­nounc­ing her retirement in 2017 and tak­ing on role as coach, has re­turned to her spot up­front.

Again, the op­po­si­tion weren’t go­ing to let Rochdale take this one with ease so they launched an­other at­tack on the ev­ery fa­tigu­ing de­fence which took the score to 2-2.

With the game nearly over, both teams knew they had ev­ery­thing to play for to come out vic­to­ri­ous to get through to the next round of the cup. It wasn’t long be­fore Man Uni went 3-2 up which left Rochdale hun­gry for an­other goal.

Goal ma­chine Banks how­ever, de­liv­ered for Rochdale af­ter a whole team ef­fort saw the ball be­ing in­ter­cepted by Owen in the D, passed to Collinson who sent it into the mid­dle to meet Hod­croft. Hod­croft sent it back to Mong­han, a wise de­ci­sion as it gave Rochdale time to re­cover their for­ma­tion, be­fore it was sent fly­ing to New­ton on the left wing. New­ton skil­fully took it around the op­po­si­tions de­fence and the ball met Banks in the D, who slot­ted it home, send­ing the crowd wild.

The fi­nal whis­tle was blown and the game ended 3-3 how­ever; with the im­pend­ing penalty flicks, the pres­sure was still on!

Cap­tain Knowles or­gan­ised her squad and se­lected Pick­er­ing, Banks, Mong­han, Burrell and her­self to take the penal­ties.

With keeper Part­ing­ton un­able to play due to other com­mit­ments it was up to Bram­mer to come face to face with the op­po­si­tion. Ini­tially it looked as if Rochdale had wor­ry­ing times ahead as Man Uni started off lead­ing 2-0 nev­er­the­less; Bram­mer de­cided enough was enough and be­came a sav­ing sen­sa­tion.

With Burrell scor­ing the first of our penal­ties and Mong­han the sec­ond, it was all down to Cap­tain Knowles to lead us to vic­tory. With­out a se­conds thought, Knowles sent the ball fly­ing in to the top right hand cor­ner of the net, leav­ing the keeper baf­fled. A goal first for Rochdale’s keeper and a very mem­o­rable goal at that!

Cap­tain Knowles said: “This was as well bat­tled game and a great ef­fort made by all.

“De­fence needs a spe­cial men­tion as they kept it strong through­out.

“We started to see a for­ma­tion to the team through­out the game and it def­i­nitely went in our favour. Great game and a great re­sult hav­ing won on penal­ties.”

Player of the match was: Gemma Hod­croft.

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