Welcome to Princes Park for today's FA Women's Championship game
MILLWALL vs LONDON BEES
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View from the manager
and welcome back to Princes Park.
I trust our visitors players, staff and supporters have had a safe and pleasant journey across London. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Rachel Yankey. Someone I know very well from our time together at Arsenal. Rachel was a great player, winning every domestic trophy and part of the only English team to win the European Cup, now the Champions League. I’m sure this is a start of just as successful management career and everyone at Millwall wishes her all the best.
We are back to league action tonight after our mini adventure in the SSE Women's FA Cup. I was glad the team achieved their first win together last time we were here and my honest reflection is that we didn’t play our best away to Liverpool.
Having said that it shows the marked improvement in this team, that not playing our best away to a WSL 1 side only resulted in a 2-0 defeat. But the experience was good for the group and we will all have learned from it.
I think today will be a good advert for Championship football. Rachel’s team will want to prove themselves to her and my team are constantly learning. Both teams I’m sure will be looking to take the 3 points.
Your support towards my team has been brilliant as always and I look forward to hearing you cheer us on again tonight.
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 defender, Leanne Cowan.
Good evening and a warm welcome back to Princes Park for a London derby under the lights! I’d also like to welcome the London Bees team, their staff and their fans after the their short trip over from north London.
Over the last few games we’ve really come together as a squad and produced some great performances. Last weekend was probably the biggest proof of this, as our SSE Women's FA Cup run unfortunately came to an end against a strong Liverpool team, but they were very complimentary about us and how we played the game. Their captain said to me after the game that we have to take that performance into the league and it made me feel so proud of the whole squad to see how far we’ve come together.
There’s no such thing as an easy game in this league, it’s simply the team that show up on the day and work the hardest and want the points more that usually walk away with them. So we’ll be looking to bring in the work rate from Sunday and the last few weeks into tonight.
Thank you again to all of our fans for sticking with us and always supporting us.
A tough tackling midfielder who takes no prisoners, Lumsden has built on the experience she has learned from the Arsenal and Chelsea development squads and has cemented herself as a key member of the Lionesses' squad.
Along with her no-nonsense challenges and putting her body on the line for her team mates, Lumsden has an eye for goal and has already found the back of the net in impressive fashion this season against the likes of Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Women's Championship.
Lumsden has featured in fourteen games in all competitions and continues to grow and develop under the tutelage and direction of Chris Phillips and the Lionesses' coaching staff. A player who excites and energises the players around her and the supporters with her crunching tackles, Lumsden has rightfully earned the role as a fan's favourite and the London Bees midfield will need to be at their very best to contain her.
The club began life in 1975 as District Line Ladies FC and joined with Wembley FC in 1993 to become Wembley Ladies FC. In 1997 the club then moved to play at Hanwell Town FC. In 1998 the club became affiliated to Barnet FC, amalgamating with the existing Barnet Ladies FC from the Greater London League to form Barnet FC Ladies. In March 2010, Barnet F.C. Ladies were announced as an unsuccessful bidder for the FA Women's Super League, but in 2013, they were successful in their bid to join the WSL under their new name of London Bees for the 2014 season. In the 2016 FA WSL summer season, London Bees became the first WSL 2 club to reach the semi-finals of the FA WSL Cup, after notable wins against Chelsea Ladies on penalties and Sheffield Ladies in their quarter-final fixture. They were later defeated in the semi-final by Birmingham City Ladies.
Sitting just outside the Championship promotion places and the chasing pack, London Bees find themselves in a respectable fifth place position on 21 points. The Bees recent form has been mixed and although they have won three of their last five games in the league, they also have two defeats and were eliminated from the Women's FA Cup last weekend in the fifth round by Manchester United.
Today will also see England legend Rachel Yankey take charge of her first game as the new boss, with Luke Swindlehurst taking over as Under 18s Head Coach at Barnet FC.
SISTER CLUB - DARTFORD FC
Millwall Lionesses are delighted to announce their sister club partnership with Dartford Football Club for the 2018/19 season.
Dartford FC already has a thriving girls structure. They now have 3 teams from U12’s- U15’s, who train at the club once a week coached by qualified Pre Academy staff.
For further information and to enquire about joining a team please contact Head of Girls & Ladies Football Dave Hill on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming the girls from Dartford Football Club to Princes Park today Wednesday 20th February as we host London Bees in a FA Women's Championship clash.
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 | #WEPLAYSTRONG
UEFA, European football’s governing body, has launched a new YouTube channel for its Together #WePlayStrong brand, partnering with a range of the biggest names in the women’s league, to provide a breadth of regular content.
UEFA has recruited some of the biggest names in women’s football to form a dynamic content creator squad for its new-look, always-on Together #WePlayStrong YouTube channel.
The channel will offer a variety of fresh, original content, focusing on themes such as daily insights into players’ routines, funny challenges, beauty and style content, and health and fitness advice, as well as providing a platform for inspiring women and players across Europe, who love football, to share their experiences of the beautiful game.
The #WePlayStrong YouTube channel has been created to cultivate the growing community of girl and women football players and fans, encouraging more to feel proud to play and feel inspired by showcasing confidence and togetherness.
Juventus defender Petronella Ekroth and Shanice Van de Sanden of Olympique Lyonnais have been added to UEFA’s roster of players creating original content for the WePlayStrong YouTube channel. They will join Lisa Evans (Arsenal), Eunice Beckmann (Madrid), Laura Feiersinger (FFC Frankfurt), and Sarah Zadrazil (Turbine Potsdam), whom all provided content to the #WePlayStrong pilot vlog series that generated nearly six million views on YouTube last year. UEFA also announced that world champion freestyle soccer player Liv Cooke will create content for the new video channel.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, director of marketing at UEFA said:
“The #WePlayStrong YouTube channel is a platform designed to inspire girls and women around the world. Our aim is to not only make #WePlayStrong a thriving digital platform, but an inclusive and supportive community."
“Our social media engagement has doubled since the first year of our campaign, and we want to continue to produce content which is entertaining, aspirational and relatable."
“In a world where YouTube plays a huge role in the life of girls and women, we’re proud to have added three more inspiring women footballers to our channel, and we’re looking forward to sharing their professional and personal journeys online.”
The channel is part of UEFA’s ongoing strategy to grow participation of girls’ and women’s football in each of its 55 national associations.
Millwall 1-0 Lewes
In an afternoon where we saw every piece of weather possible from rain and hail to sunshine and rainbows, the Lionesses may not have found a pot of gold at the end of it, but something much more valuable instead. Their first win of the season.
Since early December and the defeat to Manchester United there has been a feeling growing around the Lionesses that their time was coming. A narrow defeat to Arsenal, a last-minute winner for Spurs and a draw with Sheffield Utd have shown that this vastly inexperienced group of girls at this level were starting to click.
Having arrived under a lot of press attention for their ‘Equality FC’ campaign to equalise the pay between male and female footballers, it was Lewes who were had the unequal amount of possession in the early part of the game, dominating the ball and moving it around comfortably amongst their back four.
Up stepped Lucy Fitzgerald. For a young player with a relatively small frame, she was not in the mood to be bullied on the pitch and in the 6th minute let the opposition know that they might have the ball, but if they came anywhere near the Lionesses area then there would be short and swift punishment. Standing firm, she sent her opposite number flying fairly and calmly walked away with the ball nonchalantly whilst leaving a trail of devastation behind. This was a sign of things to come.
In amongst a string of spectacular saves from Chloe Sansom half way through the first 45 minutes, Evie Clarke began to emerge from the Lionesses half on a swift counter attack. With Lucy Fitzgerald and Beth Lumsden marauding forwards on each side of her, it looked to be developing into a 3 on 3 scenario. Cynically, she was cut down in her prime and could only walk away with a free-kick for her efforts. This wouldn’t be the last time we saw Evie fouled cynically.
As the half progressed, the Lionesses came under mounting pressure from a series of Lewes corners. Mixtures of short corner routines, looped balls the far post and driven crosses were all met by a Lioness head or clutched and held onto by the formidable Sansom.
The media attention on the equality campaign was starting to bear resemblance to the pitch as the teams left the field 0-0 at the break.
For a first half that was full of passing and endeavour from Lewes and hard work and challenges from Millwall, the first 10 or so minutes of the second half failed to match the intensity from the first. It was only when Robert went down for Lewes and there was a break in play that both teams decided that the Fifth Round of the FA Cup was there for the taking. Robert was duly replaced by Paye in the 53rdminute and both teams set about booking their place against Liverpool in the next round.
Lewes were becoming increasingly frustrated at their lack of converting their possession into goals and started taking on even more long-range efforts, much to the delight of Sansom again in goal, who dealt with everything that come her was with consummate ease.
For the first time on 65 minutes, it looked like the Lionesses fortitude had been broken down with the ball in the back of the net directly from a free kick on the edge of the box. Confusion rained down with the hail from the heavens as Lewes wheeled away in celebration and the Lionesses begged the referee to consult with his linesman. To their relief he did and a free-kick was awarded for a Lewes player in an offside position who had run across Sansom’s line of sight.
The Lionesses now had the bit between their teeth and a midfield combination of Lumsden, Fitzgerald and Bailes managed to magically combine to leave Bailes with a sighter from outside the area. The pressure was now swinging in Millwall’s favour. Their confidence was growing by the second.
Entering into the last part of the game, the competitiveness of both teams started to spill over and the earlier chopping down of Evie Clarke suddenly became the norm. With yellow cards flying around fairly for both teams, Bailes and Cowan in the book for Millwall and Kempson in the book for Lewes, it was a tasty last 10 minutes.
Eventually, the discipline got the better of Lewes and after a strong challenge from Clarke, Amy Taylor of Lewes let her temper get the better of her and petulantly kicked out at Clarke on the touchline after the ball had gone. The linesman was right there on the spot and confirmed Lewes’ worst fears to the referee that it was a straight red card. No complaints from Taylor who took her marching orders and left Lewes to play the last minutes down to 10.
Could Millwall capitalise on this advantage, could they finally get the result their endeavours had warranted, could they find a hero to fire them through?
In Chris Phillips’ wildest dreams he would never have predicted an injury time volley from his centre half Grace Neville in the Lewes penalty box. But that is what he and the hundreds of fans in attendance got. With a long ball into the box from captain Cowan, it bounced up nicely for Neville who volleyed with venom and impressive technique from just inside the Lewes box to smash the Lionesses into the 5thround.
Cue wild celebrations from the bench and the Lionesses on the pitch. This was really happening, the magic of the FA Cup was well and truly alive.
Phillips explained after the game, “I’ve known Grace for a long time and she’s always had a very good technique and she took the goal so sweetly. She has adapted well to a new position at centre back since she joined us, normally being a right back before.”
Millwall Lionesses now progress to the 5th round and play away at Liverpool Women. Phillips added, “We know they will be a tough test being a Super League side, but we have become hard to break down and I will get the girls in this week to recover and then we will sit down with the tapes and go over areas we can exploit.”
Who knows what will happen, but we can be sure that this result has been a long time coming and will certainly push the Lionesses on now to hopefully record more victories as the season progresses. Onwards and upwards.
Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:
Sansom, Cowan ©, Neville, Priest, Cataldo, Lumsden (Mackie, 90), Bailes, Young, Rossiter (Harford, 82), Fitzgerald, Clarke
Millwall Lionesses unused subs: Stewart, Giddings, Ali
Lewes FC Women Starting XI:
Baker, Perry, McIntyre, Taylor (Sent off, 84), Rutherford, Kempson (Bergin, 72), Quayle, Paye (Robert, 52), O’Rourke, Rood, King
Lewes FC Women unused subs: Maloney, Wilson, Larkin, Lane
Photo credit: Edward Payne (@EdwardPayne22)
Liverpool 2-0 Millwall
Millwall's FA Cup dreams ended on Sunday afternoon at Prenton Park as Super League side Liverpool claimed a spot in the quarter finals with a dominant performance in a 2-0 win.
Millwall, who won their first game in the competitive season last week in the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to Grace Neville’s injury time winner earned them the trip to Liverpool, couldn’t get enough of the ball against the top tier side as two second half goals was enough.
In the opening stages Liverpool showed their class with the early chances causing chaos in Millwall's 18-yard box, but the defence remained professional and were dealing with the oncoming pressure very well. Liverpool were becoming increasingly frustrated as they couldn’t find the back of the net and Millwall were trying to hit Liverpool on the counter, but were failing to set Evie Clarke free.
Liverpool then thought they scored not only once, but twice. Both were adjudged to have been offside as Millwall escaped a very nervous five minute period. The first offside goal seemed a very straight forward decision, but moments later after a free kick was whipped in from the left the ball was met with a header and was in the back of the net. A right decision for the linesman to make in such huge circumstances.
The half time whistle blew and Millwall were holding a very good Liverpool to a stalemate. A lot of defending and hard concentration was used up in the first 45 minutes.
The second half got underway and twelve minutes in, the hosts eventually got the opener. A tidy finish from Linett and a sense of relief came around the ground as they believed that from there on in this was their game now in which they could control the manner, flow and tempo. However, Millwall refused to sit back and allow Liverpool to break free keeping the game very tight.
Millwall remained professional, but ten minutes later former Millwall player Babjide found space on the right hand side before cutting in and drilling her shot above Chloe Samson and under the crossbar. That goal looked to have sealed the victory for Liverpool, the insurance goal that would send them to the quarter finals.
The last twenty minutes Millwall tried to put pressure on and Evie Clarke has a good chance to half the deficit with a few minutes to go, but the striker's effort was wide of the target as Millwall just couldn’t find a goal and Liverpool marched into the quarters.
Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:
Sansom, Cowan ©, Bailes, Priest, Lumsden (Ali 74), Cataldo, Clarke, Giddings (Rossiter 45), Fitzgerald, Young (Harford 74), Neville
Millwall Lionesses unused subs: Stewart, Mackie, Ravenscroft, Bailey
Liverpool Women Starting XI:
Kitching, S. Murray, Purfield, Roberts (Rodgers 78), Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Babajide, Coombs, Sweetman-Kirk (Thomas 80), C. Murray, Linnett (Hodson 68)
Liverpool Women unused subs: Preuss, Robe
Millwall Starting XI:
30. Rhiannon Stewart
2. Chantelle Mackie
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
Chloe Sansom, Leanne Cowan, Gabby Ravenscroft, Beth Harford, Eden Bailey, Fran Ali, Sofia Stovold
London Bees Starting XI:
1. Sarah Quintrill
2. Annabel Johnson
3. Ellie Wilson
9. Katie Wilkinson ©
10. Ruesha LittleJohn
12. Lauren Pickett
13. Taylor O’Leary
15. Ocean Rolandsen
17. Daisy McLachlan
18. Brooke Nunn
21. Hannah Wheeler
Destiney Toussaint, Lucy Loomes, Tricia Gould, Nicola Gibson, Mollie Dench, Merrick Will
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