Photo creds: Brad Fern
A spirited and dominant performance just wasn't enough as Doncaster ran out 1-0 winners down in South London. A sucker punch goal sealed the win for Doncaster who put the icing on the cake after winning the league title before the game even got underway.
After the earlier games had finished and Durham recorded an impressive 4-0 home win against second place Brighton it meant that Doncaster had already sealed the title before kick off and a guard of honour was done by Millwall in respect for the newly crowned WSL 2 champions.
So... arguably the best two teams went head to head as Millwall looked to close the gap on second place Brighton while Doncaster wanted a party atmosphere and 3 more points.
The game started at a very fast pace with some good football being played by both sides, Jess Sigsworth caused a bit of trouble down the right early on however ever consistent Meg Alexander was able to do some tidy defending to keep her at bay.
The fast tempo was maintained as both sides became really up for this fight and chances were flowing for both sides. Megan Wynne had an early chance after she ran 40 yards past multiple Donny players but couldn't steer her shot goal bound. Millwall then had another chance after good work from Rianna Dean inside the 6 yard box set up Charlie Devlin who couldn't keep her shot down as the ball sizzled over the bar.
Doncaster having to show their resilience at times and they will be thankful and feel a bit lucky when Ashlee Hincks was allowed to get away and pulled away one on one. The striker's effort however was well saved by the Doncaster keeper and sent behind the post for a corner.
Doncaster had a few half chances. A few crosses to the back post which some of their players may feel they could have done a little bit better on, but at the moment it was all Millwall as they looked to take the lead before the break.
Donny however started to create some more chances and Megan Alexander had to do some good defending to steer clear a few crosses at times and Sarah Quantrill can be thanked for keeping it goalless at half time as she had to get down low quickly to prevent the visitors from taking the lead.
Leighanne Robe attempted to replicate her free kick against Villa as she attempted a 55 yard free kick, The audacious effort was a good one as the keeper could only give the Lionesses a corner.
Half time approached and it was a positive half from the Lionesses who had dominated large spells of play as they looked to win their final home game of the season.
The second half resumed and the visitors came out firing causing trouble in the Millwall back line, winning multiple corners and dominating the possession early on.
With both sides pushing for the illusive winner the game became more spread and a great chance fell to Rianna Dean on the hour mark but the striker couldn't keep her shot down from inside the box, good work from Millwall but just lacking that final end product.
Amber Gaylor had a chance to give Millwall the lead as she picked up the ball on the edge of the box and smashed it goal bound, the shot was going in but for a good block from the Doncaster defender to deny Amber giving Millwall the lead.
Followed this was the harsh sucker punch... As Doncaster pushed players forward in abundance they went searching for a winner and got it with 15 minutes to play. After the ball was bouncing around in the Lionesses penalty area for a while the ball was eventually cleared however it dropped just outside the box to Pennock who smashed home and with a deflection saw her shot find the bottom hand corner to give the hosts the lead.
The Lionesses however did not sit back, they went for it, one more push as they aimed to get an equaliser late on. Charlie Devlin smashed a free kick goal bound but her attempt was well saved by the Doncaster keeper and cleared for a corner.
So the full time whistle blew, a defeat for Millwall but a proud performance from the Lionesses. They showed what kind of team they really are against such a good Donny side, 3rd place the aim now as they go on to next week the final game of the season against Brighton.
THANK YOU MILLWALL! For what has been a thoroughly enjoyable season to watch and support, let's finish this season on a high. COME ON YOU LIONESSES!