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On the Whistle: Aston Villa Women 2-1 Blackburn Rovers Ladies

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On the Whistle: Aston Villa Women 2-1 Blackburn Rovers Ladies

Game details

Match:  Aston Villa Women 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
Date: Sunday 8th September 2019 
Venue: Villa Park
Attendance: 1,261

Scoring summary 

Johnson (28), Ewers (54)

Taylor (55)

Line-up 

Rogers, Franklin, Ale, N’Dow, Haigh, West, Ewers, Follis, Johnson (Welsh), Hanssen (Syme), Haywood (Hayles)

Story in brief 

Aston Villa Women produced a dominant display at Villa Park to beat Blackburn and maintain their 100% winning record.

Melissa Johnson spurned a great chance after just three minutes before she turned home a cross to open the scoring.

Emma Follis struck the bar with a long-range effort as the hosts took a one-goal lead into the break, with Marisa Ewers putting Villa two-up shortly after the restart.

From the resulting kick-off, Rovers pulled one back immediately before Sian Rogers made a stunning save in injury time to secure the three points.

Undefeated

Villa’s victory maintains their 100% start to the FA Women’s Championship, with Gemma Davies’ team notching up their third straight win.

Each game has been decided by one-goal, but the home side should have walked away with a bigger win against Blackburn.

A string of chances came and went, but Villa got the goals they needed to pick up an important win.

Ewers off the mark

Marisa Ewers joined from city rivals Birmingham in the summer and she’s been an instant hit with teammates and fans.

Another all-action display from the midfielder was capped with her first goal for the club.

The German ghosted into the box before smashing Amy West’s cut-back past the keeper.

A day to remember

A very vocal Villa Park crowd ensured it was an occasion that will live long in the memory of every player in claret and blue.

A strong turnout roared the home players on as they dominated the ball and looked for goals against Rovers.

And at the full-time whistle, there were lovely scenes as the players took pictures and met their fans young and old.

Next up

Gemma Davies’ side are on the road next Sunday to take on Crystal Palace.

The team are back at Boldmere St Michaels on 19 October in Continental League Cup action. You can buy tickets for the game here.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 8th September 2019