Rochdale were excited to play this weekend as they wanted to push on from their win last weekend but the late pushback time meant they were down a few key players. Junior player Rebecca Newton, now professional golfer Susan Halpin and retiree Jenny Banks kindly stepped in to help the team.
From the start the game was end to end and Rochdale had several chances on goal but Stockports defence stood strong. Stockport had lots of young players on their team but this did not deter Rochdale and what they lacked in youthfulness they made up for in experience.
A well worked move by Captian Kie Leech, Katie Burrell and Rebecca Newton made sure the ball was driven into the Stockport D area where Banks was eagerly waiting. She picked up the ball and smashed it into the back of the net for 1-0.
Stockport had several substitutes and and they used these wisely and within minutes they were back level with a pacey break down the middle of the pitch.
Stockports goal seemed to give Rochdale more confidence and with some fantastic linked moves by Halpin, Gemma Hodcroft and Roisin Pickering, Rochdale saw the ball majestically passed into the D where all Banks had to do was tap the ball into an open net. Boom….2-1.
The second half started off pretty much the same with both sides battling hard. The Rochdale centre players of Paula McDonald and Hodcroft were working tirelessly and Rochdale had many chances but just could not convert. 15 minutes into the second half and Stockport saw their chance. They picked the ball up on the wing and drove it into the D. Rochdale’s defensive back line of Sam Partington, Halpin, Dionne Collinson, Nikki Mongan and Leech worked hard but Stockport managed to get a short corner. This was expertly converted with one touch and Stockport we’re back level.
Rochdale were desperate for another win and they stepped it up a gear. Fantastic movement by Collinson, Leech and Pickering saw the ball driven into the D where Pickering passed to Banks but Stockports defender intercepted. The ball rolled back to Pickering who pushed the ball towards the goal and it sneaked through the goalies legs for 3-2.
The final 10 minutes was a testament to the efforts that the Rochdale players had put in so far throughout the season. The defence once again worked exceptionally hard and they continued to battle until the end and even with a few questionable decisions by the umpire Rochdale came out on top.
Captain Kie Leech “I am so pleased with the team spirit and working hard together this season, we never give up in any match and another win this week proves determination finally gets results. Well done ladies!”
The Player of the match went to Nikki Mongan.