Millwall Lionesses kept the unbeaten run going in the league and extended it to 18 games with a 4-2 win away to Oxford.
In the reverse fixture the Lionesses ran out 1-0 winners in a match that was the complete opposite of today. Millwall went into this game knowing that anything other than a win would be a set back in the run in. With some big games coming up in bunches it was important that the Lionesses started off well and got the job done.
It all started off well and went to plan on the 10th minute when an audacious lob from Rianna Dean went over the Oxford keeper but under the cross bar to give the Lionesses the lead. The boots have been doing magic for Rianna lately, maybe its the tape all wrapped around them.
With the Lionesses leading and Rianna Dean finding the back of the net yet again, Rianna decided that she wasn't done there and got her second and Millwall's second of the game when the ball fell to the young striker inside the six yard box as the striker pounced onto the loose ball like a lion and turned the ball home, doubling the Lionesses lead.
As Rianna put the Lionnesses in comfort zone with her second, the 2 goal advantage was halved almost immediately when Kayleigh Hines hit a peach of a shot from outside the box, well too powerful for Sarah Quantrill as the Lionesses originally failed to clear their lines properly as Hines punished. Game on it would seem.
Oxford gained momentum after the goal and were awarded a penalty with one minute left in the first half. Yeah the drama was just non stop! A chance for Oxford to pull level and potenially swing this game in their favour. Nail biting and high extreme tension as the ref blew the whistle...
SAVED!!! Sarah Quantrill to the rescue and how!!! The penalty was well placed to Sarah's right hand side but she managed to smash the ball away with her hands before the danger is eventually cleared. A great save from such a great keeper. This save would go onto be a huge turning point in a tight first half encounter.
Millwall had one job in the second half and it was to see off this Oxford side and remain tight and compact at the back and avoid any silly mistakes. Leighanne Robe, Viki Wotton and Jordan Butler had formed a formiddable partnership at the back in the game so far with Viki getting forward with the ball well.
Charlie Devlin was rested at the start of this match but was introduced in the second half and killed this game off with two great goals to give the South London side a real big cushion to rely on.
The first came through great counter attacking play. Amber Gaylor picked up the ball well and got Millwall on a quick break, the midfielder found Charlie in space as the midfielder smartly and cooly curled it past the Oxford keeper to extend the lead back to 2 and hopefully ensure 3 points to Millwall.
Charlie Devlin's second would come out of nothing, Charlie picked the ball up outside the box before having a go from distance before seeing the ball rattle the back of the net and in delight gave Millwall a 3 goal cushion deep into the second half.
Millwall 4-1 up and playing with confidence on and off the ball, a Millwall side that has come to be expected when in a game. Passion and desire would be the best way to describe, the 11 on the field playing as a team with the staff and subs having an important role from the sidelines.
With minutes left Oxford scored a very weird consultation goal. Chloe Chivers scored for Oxford but in very unusual circumstances. Chivers picked up the ball on the right hand flank and her attempted cross was poor and went goal bound instead. To the confusion of everyone the ball went into the net, some say it was a shot but it most certainly was NOT!
As the ref blew for full time Millwall secured another vital 3 points in the hunt for top spot. A great team performance and deserving of 3 points, now onto Wednesday where the Lionesses travel to North London to face Spurs.
How we lined up?
Quantrill, Wynne, Butler, Robe, Wotton (Cowan 80), Alexander, Mason (Horwood 45), Gaylor, Nicol, Rutherford (Devlin 59), Dean
Subs not used:
Brooks, Giddings, Hincks
MSC POTM: Rianna Dean
Two well taken goals earns Rianna Dean the POTM, her work rate off the ball was exceptional and added two goals to her collection, despite the tape round the boot.