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MATCH REPORT | Millwall Lionesses 1 London Bees 1

February 22, 2018

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 It was honours even at St.Paul's last night.


After an impressive defensive display on Sunday against Arsenal it was back to league action last night against 8th placed London Bees, Before their last game the Bees had gone 4 unbeaten.


It was a rather cold night in South London, warmed up by the prospect of the Lionesses going a year unbeaten after this game.


The last two meetings between these sides have seen the Bees take the lead and it was to be the same tonight when a corner from the left hand side was whipped in and was met well by a header from O'Leary. The goal seemed to have woke the Lionesses up a bit who up until that goal had really not been in the game.


Corners would follow for the visitors but the Lionesses were able to stand their ground and get rid. It was clear that the Bees were here to end the streak which had seen the Lionesses go 16 games unbeaten in the league and were the better side so far.


The Lionesses eventually levelled the scoring when a well worked cross from Charlie Devlin down the left hand side allowed Rianna Dean to rise highest inside the penalty area to steer her header home and make the game level again. This game was always going to have goals in it as Rianna Dean has netted against the Bees before and she was on the score sheet yet again.


With the scores level this was a game either side could take and the Lionesses almost went in front when the combination of Charlie Devlin and Rianna Dean worked again but the latter couldn't quite get her shot off in time.


London Bees would have taken a draw before this game and were not reluctant to taking shots from a long way out, which were thankfully no real trouble for Sarah Quantrill in goal. Devlin then had her chance for the Lionesses but her effort went to high and the players eventually heard the half time whistle on a cold and wet Wednesday night.


As the second half got underway the Lionesses seemed like they may nick that second goal. Chances came at a premium for both teams in this game and everyone in the ground thought the Lionesses took the lead when Ellie Mason smashed it goal bound but her effort was smashed against the crossbar and the Bees survived the threat and got rid.


Mason would have another chance not long later but her effort this time was fired straight into the palms of Hobbs. The visitors were on the back foot for spells in the second half but most certainty had the best chance of the half when Clarke broke through and was 1 on 1 with Quantrill but Clarke seemed to have miss hit the ball and just pushed the ball straight to Quantrill. A massive let off for the Lionesses with only 10 minutes left.


The Lionesses then could have nicked it late on when Ashlee Hincks got through but the striker wasn't able to pull a shot away before the ball eventually just rolled straight into Hobbs hands and preventing a goal scoring opportunity. Another late opportunity arose for Ellie Mason again as she was found unmarked in the 18 yard box but her effort flashed over the top of the crossbar.


The full time whistle blew and while it wasn't the result the Lionesses would have wanted and will feel it is two points dropped, it does however make it a year unbeaten in the league which is a massive achievement and will be something they will be looking to carry on in a month's time in their next game.




Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:

Quantrill, Brooks, Robe, Alexander, Wynne (Nicol 81), Horwood, Gaylor (Rutherford 68), Devlin (Mason 59), Cowan, Hincks, Dean


Unused subs: Eligon, Powell, Fowle, Wotton


London Bees Starting XI:

Hobbs, Weston, Toussaint, Lea, Lane, Wilkinson, Rolandsen, Beckett, Anderson (Clarke 74), O'Leary, Will (Goddard 58)


Unused subs: Taylor, Gibson, Jumratie, Milliken, Brayer



MSC POTM: Sarah Quantrill

Sarah kept Millwall in the game at times yesterday, just as she did against Arsenal on Sunday. The experienced shot stopper had to make plenty of good saves and winning a fair few 1 on 1 battles.

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