Welcome to Princes Park for today's SSE Women's FA Cup game
MILLWALL vs LEWES
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View from the manager
everyone and welcome to our team's adventure in the 2019 SSE Women's FA Cup.
I trust our visitors players, staff and supporters have had a pleasant journey and one that they’ve got used to as this is their 3rd trip to Princes Park this season.
Since this Christmas break we have played three games and I feel the results haven’t represented our performances. The difference in my team from the start of the season is clear for all to see. I felt we were desperately unlucky not to take anything from our last outing against the league leaders. However we come into this game in good spirits and are looking for a positive result.
Although this will be our 3rd meeting with Lewes, I expect to see a different side to when we’ve played them before. I welcome Fran their new manager and after today wish him and his team well.
With a trip to either Liverpool or Milton Keynes on the horizon, I think both teams will be going for the win today and it should be the recipe for an exciting game.
I say it every time, but your fantastic support is always appreciated by my team and I. Let's hear it as much as possible today to spur the girls on to victory.
1st Team Manager
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Each game, one of the three club captains will update us on how the squad is preparing and how they see the season progressing.
This week it is the turn of midfielder, Georgie Giddings.
Hello and welcome to Princes Park for our first game of the SSE FA Women's Cup and hopefully not our last for this year. I would like to extend the welcome to our visiting players, staff and travelling supporters of Lewes FC Women.
This marks my seventh year in the competition and while many of our players have had experiences in the Youth FA Cup, I am very happy to have team mates who will make their first Senior SSE FA Women's Cup appearances.
The FA Cup is a special competition within the English game and everybody knows to expect the unexpected. While it has been a winless season so far for the Lionesses, myself and the girls are confident that we can get a result from today's game. By no means was our last meeting against Lewes FC Women a reflection of their ability, but it wasn't a true performance from us either. Performances and results are beginning to look better and I think as a squad we have really started to come together as one and have begun to fight for each other. I hope that today we can turn those improved performances not to 3 points, but to an away trip to Liverpool next weekend.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy the game!
One of the veterans of the Lionesses squad, Georgie Giddings was one of only a small handful of players who remained with Millwall after last season’s unforgettable WSL2 campaign and is a vital and pivotal part of the team.
Although traditionally a midfield general, Giddings has found herself in the back-line in recent weeks and her versatility and ability to adapt has seen her form effective partnerships with the likes of Fran Ali, Beth Lumsden and Ylenia Priest. Giddings’ defensive display against Arsenal in the Continental Tyres League Cup in particular received many plaudits and she has also been awarded with the captain’s armband in the absence of club captain, Leanne Cowan.
Giddings plays with a style that displays nothing but composure, organisation and self-discipline and she is a fine role model for her younger team mates around her to gain experience from. Even though she is not primarily known for being a flair player, Giddings can add this to her game when she needs to and proves why she is a dangerous opponent for the opposition.
Lewes made the perfect start to life in the Championship on the opening day with the 3-0 league win over the Lionesses and continued to look good in their opening games, but as games became more enduring and demanding, they have struggled for form recently and find themselves near the feet of the division.
One of the most inspiring clubs in terms of its work in women’s football, Lewes FC have helped its women’s side climb to the second tier as they now look to become an established Championship side and fight to improve week on week.
Goals aren’t hard to find in this team with Leeta Rutherford and Rebecca Carter going forward. Lewes play a very attacking game which will put a lot of pressure on Millwall's back-line, a reason they scored three without reply in their first visit and were victorious in the Continental Tyres League Cup.
Defensively they are physical and won’t allow strikers to get in behind, so it will be about making the pass at the right time for the Lionesses.
From the South and playing their games at the Dripping Pan, they’ve built quite the community which has helped them to get to where they are today.
RIP UNCLE TERRY
Millwall Lionesses have been deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of one our most devoted fans, ‘Uncle’ Terry.
Terry was a firm favourite amongst the players, backroom staff and Lionesses fans and will be sorely missed by all those at Princes Park & St. Paul’s.
We dedicate today's game to Terry's memory.
This season we want you to be our DJ on matchdays. So throughout the season, we want you to send in your song choices that you want to be heard at the game.
It couldn’t be easier to pick a song, so tweet us your choice using #RadioRoar or look out for our Instagram story to request your favourite track. Get your requests in by 5pm on Friday and you could be on our matchday playlist for the next home match at Princes Park.
FEATURE | ELLICE'S GARDEN
Ellice is just like any other 7 year old girl. She loves life, she loves Millwall - especially Jed Wallace - she even loves her brother Jay. However, unlike other children, Ellice can't play in her own garden.
She was born with diplegia cerebral palsy which has affected her mobility all her young life. Ellice's story touched the hearts of many Millwall fans around the globe as well as other well-wishing football fans.
The family's early fundraising efforts saw them raise enough money for successful surgery which has decreased the spasticity, made her more mobile and she is now able to get around on her own for short distances.
With this new found movement, it has highlighted some problems for Ellice that she didn't think she'd have the luxury of facing. Summer 2019 sees her having the goal of playing in her back garden with her brother and sister.
Ellice says "I would love a garden I can play in with family and friends, where I can also dig and plant stuff. I just want to go outside and I can't"
This is where we are hoping you can step in. Her own garden is uneven and not suitable for Ellice to play in, it needs levelling, artificial grass laid and some raised beds installed. The Millwall Supporters' Club (MSC) want to help Ellice enjoy her garden by herself. Not only will it be amazing to play in a place she never thought she'd be able to play in, but it will also help massively with her physiotherapy and exercise to gain strength as part of her rehabilitation.
The MSC need to raise £6500 to do that.
If you own a company that could help with the work needed we'd also like you to get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ellice
Millwall Lionesses and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies played in front of a bumper crowd at Princes Park as the league leaders came to Dartford for this Women’s Championship fixture. Unfortunately for the home side though, the game would end in heartache as the visitors scored a late, late winner to secure the three points.
Also in attendance were the Lionesses’ Sister Club, Kings Hill FC and the young stars of the future formed a guard of honour as both sides entered the field of play.
Former Lionesses, Megan Wynne started well on her right hand side in the opening minutes of the game and it was Spurs who had the first effort of the match when another former Millwall star, Rianna Dean hit high and over Chloe Sansom’s bar in the 7th minute.
Spurs again attacked in the 12th minute, when a dangerous looking cross into the penalty area could’ve resulted in a goal if it hadn’t been for a vital block from Ylenia Priest at the last minute.
Wynne continued to be a thorn in the side of her old club and was causing more issues on the right wing, but it was the Lionesses who had the next real chance when a long range Beth Lumsden free-kick hit the target in the 20th minute, but this was easily gathered by Chloe Morgan in the Tottenham goal.
Some superb goalkeeping in the 31st minute again denied a certain goal for the visitors. A number of Tottenham’s side beat the Millwall offside trap and were stood in the penalty box alone, but the Lionesses shot stopper was equal to the multiple efforts at her and managed to clear the ball from danger to rousing applause from the fans in attendance.
Five minutes later the pressure applied from Spurs finally paid off and in the 36th minute Sarah Wiltshire managed to coolly get on the end of a Megan Wynne cross and put the ball in the back of the net. The home side were one down, but this did not dishearten Chris Phillips’ young side.
Evie Clarke produced a moment of magic that will be one of the highlights of the Lionesses season in the 44th minute of the game. Picking up the ball seemingly acres from the Tottenham goal, Clarke powered her way towards goal, shrugging off the desperate tackles from the Tottenham defence. Running towards goals with the ball at her feet and the home fans screaming her on, Clarke looked up and placed it past Morgan to draw the game back level. Clarke with arguably one of the goals of the season before the referee blew for half-time.
After more dangerous play from playmaker Megan Wynne early in the second half, the Lionesses thought they were away again when Evie Clarke again picked up the ball behind the Tottenham back line in the 52nd minute. Running towards the corner flag, all that could be done by Spurs defender Ashleigh Neville to stop her was to bring down the forward by the touch line. A yellow card was shown to the defender and the play broke down.
Rianna Dean thought she had Chloe Sansom beat in the the 80th minute of the game when her header looped over the Millwall ‘keeper, but some superb awareness saw Ylenia Priest cover around the back of Sansom and head the ball away before it could creep in the home side’s goal.
With only six minutes to go it was the away side who regained the lead. Picking up the ball from close range in the 84th minute, Emma Beckett left the home fans feeling deflated when her close range effort beat the impressive Sansom, but the Lionesses refused to give up and kept on fighting.
With only two minutes to go Sansom pulled off a wonder save and tipped a long range - and certain - goal onto her crossbar before Beth Lumsden’s deflected free-kick pulled the Lionesses back in the 90th minute. The home fans were in jubilation and roared with their players as the Lionesses looked to have grabbed a draw from the jaws of defeat, but it was Rianna Dean who would have the final say.
With the five minutes added on elapsed and the home fans screaming for the full-time whistle, Dean broke the hearts of those who cheered her last season and put the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time to score Tottenham’s third and secure the victory. The final whistle sounded shortly after and the home side had lost the game in the cruelest way imaginable.
Both sides put on a wonderful game of football and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies showed just why they are such a dangerous team. Although this will be a point that slipped away from Chris Phillips and his side, the performance put in by all those in a Millwall kit is one to be thoroughly be proud of.
Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:
Sansom, Cowan, Priest, Lumsden, Cataldo, Clarke, Giddings (Rossiter 70), Fitzgerald, Young (Peart 82), Ali, Neville
Millwall Lionesses unused subs: Stewart, Mackie, Stovold
Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI:
Morgan, McLean, Hector (Green 66), Wiltshire, Dean, Schillaci, Wynne, Addison (Beckett 66), Naz, Neville, Haines (Leon 82)
Tottenham Hotspur unused subs: Gibbon, Filbey, Baptiste, Meiwald
Millwall 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Millwall Starting XI:
13. Chloe Sansom
3. Leanne Cowan ©
4. Freya Bailes
6. Ylenia Priest
8. Beth Lumsden
10. Lia Cataldo
11. Evie Clarke
17. Lucy Fitzgerald
18. Michelle Young
20. Annie Rossiter
29. Grace Neville
30. Rhiannon Stewart
2. Chantelle Mackie
14. Georgie Giddings
19. Beth Harford
28. Francesca Ali
Lewes Starting XI:
1. Faye Baker
3. Sophie Perry
4. Katie McIntyre
5. Amy Taylor
8. Leeta Rutherford
14. Sarah Kempson
16. Samantha Quayle
18. Rosie Paye
20. Sophie O’Rourke
22. Katie Rood
30. Jess King
6. Shannon Maloney
11. Avilla Bergin
13. Nina Wilson
15. Georgia Robert
17. Kellie Larkin
19. Danielle Lane
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