Tranmere Rovers Women come from behind to seal all three points after a victory against Blackburn Community Sports Club Women.
Rovers first game of the New Year got wasn’t one to disappoint after three goals in the second half meant the girls would kick off 2023 with a win.
Tranmere were the first team to have sight of goal after Katy Maddock released Lindsey Smith who played the ball up the pitch when Ellie Doyle found herself through on goal but her shot went just wide of the post.
The girls carried on mounting pressure on the visitors with a number of shots but they couldn’t quite find the back of the net.
Despite dominating the first half, Rovers found themselves behind after the visitors’ number 17 latched onto a missed placed header from Nat Kerrigan and slotted the ball past Maddock to put the visitors ahead.
Moments later Tranmere had chances from both Katie Bowers Folan and Ellie Doyle but neither could convert meaning Rovers were behind at the break.
Half time substitute from Tranmere saw Keris McRoberts replace an injured Liz Roberts.
Rovers started the second half as they did the first but much like that half they couldn’t quite find the back of the net.
Anna Jones made her debut when she came on to replace Elisha Price.
Still dominating the game, Laura Pennington found herself on the edge of the box and curled the ball into the corner of the net past Blackburn’s keeper and bringing Rovers level.
It didn’t take long for Tranmere to take the lead after Ellie Doyle much like the first goal curled the ball into the back of the net from 18 yards.
Not taking their foot off the gas, Rovers continued to put pressure on the visitors when Pennington’s long range effort bounced off the crossbar into the path of Doyle whose shot was saved by the Blackburn keeper.
Laura Pennington secured the three points after she lobbed the goalkeeper from 30 yards perfectly getting her second of the game and Rovers’ third.
With five minutes remaining, Isabelle Arrowsmith and Amy Shannon who both received a call up from the Development Team replaced Anya McCready and Katie Bowers Folan, whilst Missy Von Bargen also returned from injury to see out the game.
It was nearly four for Rovers when debutant Anna Jones played through Arrowsmith who was just short of slotting the ball home.
A fantastic fight back in the second half and Tranmere take all three points into the New Year.
Up next for Tranmere Rovers Women is an away trip to Manchester where they will face FC United in the Women’s Northern Premier League.