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MATCH REPORT | Arsenal 1 Milwall 0

February 19, 2018

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 After getting through the storm in the first half the Lionesses didn't quite just have that bit of luck to get anything from the game yesterday.


With a chance to get into the Quarter finals of the FA Cup, An inform Arsenal side stood in the way of the Lionesses who looked to get one over the North London side.


The first half should have seen the home side home and dry after countless opportunities to put the game to bed and if it wasn't for some fine saves by Quantrill and some brilliant defending by Millwall's back line, the scoreline would have been a bit different.


Arsenal dominated the first 45 and really put Millwall on the back foot, causing Millwall to do a lot of defending at times but the back line remained strong. Millwall were going about their game plan well and it was just about holding Arsenal off for as long as possible.


A firm and strong back line of Millwall's was eventually broken down 31 minutes into the first half. Beth Mead was able to pick the ball up inside the 18 yard box and carefully curl it into the far hand corner to give the hosts the lead.


The goal didn't affect the Lionesses who were still resilient and were digging in deep, doing the dirty work to ensure that Arsenal were not going to run away with this game. Chances came at a premium for Arsenal and O'Reilly and Carter will feel that should have converted their chances.


After the storm of the first half a much improved second half for the Lionesses saw them attack with more danger but that final ball unfortunately never fell in the correct position for the Lionesses.


Leighanne Robe was a monster at the back and wouldn't let any of the Arsenal players through. Despite the calibre of players in the Arsenal side, this did not faze Robe or the Lionesses who were not being distracted by the occasion.


The second half didn't see Arsenal be as threatening as they were in the first half and Millwall were starting to get their foot in the game. The Lionesses saw a few half chances come after Ella Rutherford let one fly from 20 yards, but the midfielder couldn't quite keep her shot on target.


Arsenal could have made it two right at the death but the Lionesses remained strong and despite not being able to breakdown a very well organised back line of Arsenal, defended very well to keep the scoreline to just 1.


The Lionesses will now have 2 days off before Wednesday's game against London Bees, one that is a must win for the Lionesses to keep up with the rampant Donny Belles.


I managed to speak to Leighanne Robe who had her say on yesterday's game.



Millwall starting XI:

Quantrill, Wynne, Brooks, Robe, Alexander, Cowan, Gaylor, Mason (Devlin 58), Horwood, Nicol (Rutherford 45), Dean (Hincks 58)


Subs not used:

Taylor, Wotton


Arsenal starting XI:

Moorhouse, McCabe, Mitchell, Quinn, Evans, Jansen, Nobbs, Van De Donk, Carter (Little 74), Mead, O'Reilly


Subs not used: Veenendaal, Scott, James, Kuyken


MSC POTM: Leighanne Robe

You won't see many better center back performances from anyone after Leighanne Robe's impressive performance against Arsenal yesterday. This wasn't a one off, Leighanne has been like this all season but to do it against Arsenal speaks volumes of her ability.


So what's next?

The Lionesses are back in action at home against London Bees this Wednesday. If the Lionesses can avoid defeat they would make it a whole year unbeaten in the league, something quite astonishing considering where they were a year ago.


VS London Bees

KO: 7:45PM

Date: 21/02/18



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