Video courtesy of Leigh Nicol
Another 3 points but yesterday's win was even more than just the 3 points that put them 3 off Doncaster, After Tuesday's news, the Lionesses put on a terrific come back in the final 7 minutes to show that money can't buy loyalty, passion or teamwork.
Before the game had even kicked off the news had broke out that the Lionesses had hit their initial target of £10,000, a terrific achievement by all Millwall fans and anyone else who contributed and helped reach this amazing target! However don't stop their, keep donating, keep sharing and let's get this Lionesses side where they deserve to be.
To have your club potentially going into administration can be one tough pill to swallow. You can only imagine how much mental strength it must have taken the players to keep their minds focused on what was a tough game last night. The effects of Tuesday seemed to be evident in the first half with both teams very cagey and neither side being able to get any real chance at goal.
Salmon and Baptiste looked lively on either wing for Villa as the visitors looked to exploit Millwall's 3 at the back formation. The defence remained strong and were helped out by some great goalkeeping by Quantrill. Charlie Devlin looked the most lively going forward for the Lionesses as she played up top with Rianna Dean but the first half saw very little opportunities for either of the two to get something going.
A rather warm Wednesday evening saw tensions rise and players started to get very heated as we went into the second half. Proper Millwall challenges were being thrown in and the heart and desire from both sets of teams was second to none.
Aston Villa could have taken the lead early on but Sarah Quantrill was to the rescue and palmed away a dipping shot which was destined for the top corner. Aston Villa seemed fairly happy to sit back and catch Millwall on the counter and play a lot of balls out to their wingers. Millwall were trying to play through a very congested midfield against a very physical Aston Villa side.
Unfortunately the breakthrough eventually did come and it seemed that Aston Villa were about to ruin the night and end the unbeaten run for the Lionesses. Ebony Salmon got the goal for the visitors when she done well to turn her marker before getting through one on one with Quantrill before slotting the ball past the Lionesses keeper to give the visitors a shock lead with 9 minutes to play of normal time.
Just like how the Lionesses were able to raise £10,000 so immediatley they were able to respond just as quick on the pitch, in fact it only took them a minute and this was a proper Millwall goal. The ball was picked up in the midfield before falling loose leaving a 50/50 battle between Nicol and her opponent. SMASH! Nicol sent her back to the midlands and before you knew it the ball was at Rianna Dean's feet where the young striker masterfully poked the ball past the on rushing Villa keeper and levelled things up.
But that wasn't all, there was even more drama late on at St.Pauls, Millwall managed to win a free kick from 40 yards out, Leighanne Robe stepped up to take and from instructions Leighanne was given it seemed as if she was going to whip the ball in for someone to meet on the header. Leighanne tore the script up and went alone and pulled off an absolute corker!! The center half's free kick was too good and dipped too much for the Aston Villa keeper to do anything about! Absolute limbs once the ball hit the back of the net as the Lionesses made it another 3 vital points in the race for this years title and even more so to keep the name of this club going.
On the biggest night of all, due to unwanted news, The Lionesses turned up and put on a show in front of Sky and BBC, hopefully it will be more of the same come Sunday against Durham.
HOW WE LINED UP
Quantrill, Robe, Wotton, Butler, Alexander, Nicol, Horwood (Mason 67), Gaylor (Hincks 67), Wynne, Devlin, Dean
Subs not used: Cowan, Eligon, Powell, Bailes, Giddings