Brighton’s 100% run ended when they came to the Lionesses Den on a rather chilly Sunday afternoon. The first 15 minutes were very cagey and it seemed the Lionesses has not been fed their dinner... Rock at the back Billie Brooks took a knock from a corner, the warrior had to be taken off the MSC wish her all the best . The damage then got twice as worse when the visitors then seized upon the Lionesses empty stomachs and took the lead on the 20th minute Aileen Whelan was allowed to pull the trigger from very close range and fire past Sarah Quantrill to give the visitors the lead.
Half time approached and the Lionesses needed a massive second half if they were going to get anything from this game... Bonnie Horwood came on for Charlie Devlin at half time who also seemed to be carrying a knock. The game seemed to be going against us with 2 players injured and a goal down but Lee Burch rallied his team together and the dramatic second half began...
Not long into the second half Millwall levelled things up when a corner from the left was whipped into the box from Ashlee Hincks who’s corner eventually fell straight into the path of Leanne Cowan who smashed the ball into the net scoring her second goal of the season only her 3rd for the club altogether!!!! It then got even better for the Lionesses when a beautifully weighted pass found Megan Wynne out wide who’s cross met Bonnie Horwood perfectly just inside the box who finished first time and gave the Lionesses the lead.
The Lionesses seemed to be very relaxed once they scored the second and were made to pay when a corner floated into the box met Lucy Somes who levelled it up for the visitors. The action packed second half continued and the Lionesses regained the lead when Rianna Dean closed down the goalie terrifically well forcing the goalie to give the ball straight to Ella Rutherford who restored the lead for the Lionesses. WAIT!!! we weren’t done there Captain and Leader Ashlee Hincks hadn’t got in the act yet!!! and.. her chance finally came when she was sent through in on goal and the striker smartly put the ball past the keeper and surely gave Millwall all 3 points.
It looked as if Millwall were going to go on and win this game but were given a scare when Ellie Mason brought down Umotong and Buet scored from the resulting penalty. But the girls dug in deep and it was the Lionesses who went onto win the game and they have now made it 10 games unbeaten in the league and sending them top of the league.
I managed to get hold of Ella Rutherford who was kind enough to talk about the game to us
Ella said "We knew Brighton would be one of our stronger oppositions this season and would give us a tough challenge but our mentality as a team at the moment is RUTHLESS I feel as if we are going from strength to strength but we will take each game as it comes.Also always nice to get another important goal for us! And another 3 points!
The crowd has a positive impact on my performance as a player, not so much throughout the game as at that moment in time the main focus is on the game however when you’ve scored and you hear the crowd routing for you it helps with moments especially in a game like today’s coming out at half time 1/0 down the two early goals were extremely important and I think the crowds encouragement done us the world of good!"
Millwall starting XI
Quantrill, Robe, Brooks (Butler 20), Alexander, Wynne, Mason, Devlin (Horwood 45), Rutherford (Nicol 79), Cowan, Dean, Hincks
Subs not used: Taylor, Gaylor, Giddings, Fowle
Brighton starting XI
Sansom, Roe, F.Whelan, Rafferty, Perry, A.Whelan, Barton (Legg 85), Buet, Gibbons (Natkiel 79) , Umotong, Thomas (Somes 45)
Subs not used: Wilson, Ritchie, Taylor
MSC MOTM: Leanne Cowan - Caused all sorts of danger down the flank and was rewarded for her hard work and grit with a goal
The MSC would like to thank Ella Rutherford for taking her time to talk to us about yesterdays game. Good luck for the rest of the season