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MATCH REPORT | Millwall Lionesses 1 Crystal Palace 1

September 23, 2018

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Gabby Ravenscroft to the rescue as the Lionesses picked up their first league point of the season at the third attempt.

 

Millwall started well and looked as if they meant business, Gabby Ravenscroft would have hoped she could have done better when two chances fell her way, the striker however was unable to convert but a bright start from the Lionesses was positive signs for Chris and his staff, a lot different to how the side had started in their previous games.

 

Despite the bright start from the Lionesses which had seem them have two very good chances, they once again fell behind and it was none other than former Lioness Ashlee Hincks. The experienced striker showed her class when she was able to dink the ball over an on rushing Chloe Sansom before having an empty net to poke home and give the visitors the lead, one Millwall would be punching themselves over as they started so brightly.

 

Millwall were forced to make an early change as Ellie Stenning went down, the defender was not able to continue as she had to be taken off for Beth Lumsden, everyone hopes that the injury suffered is not serious and that she recovers well and is back for the next game.

 

From the goal the visitors grew in confidence and took control of the game for large spells in the first half, Hincks kept causing trouble for Millwall's backline but Millwall's defence stood strong and refused to let her have time on the ball. The game eventually got a bit tasty as Hannah Mackenzie went into the book after a challenge on Clarke, but it was the visitors who went into the lead at half time.

 

If the first half was anything to go by, the second half should be a blinder, Millwall will say they undeservedly went into the break a goal down but remained to fight as they went in search of an equaliser and their first league point of the season. It was Millwall who started strongly, looking to get an equaliser immediately and get level, They showed good play on the wings as they looked to exploit Palace's backline and aim to get in behind.

 

The equaliser then eventually came and it was Gabby Ravenscroft who levelled for the Lionesses, WHAT A GOAL it was, you wont see many better well struck goals, The striker picked the ball up outside the box and smashed it straight into the top corner, it was a pearler and one that has been coming to Gabby and was truly deserved after no luck over the last few games. The Lionesses were now level as they looked to push on, in hope that they would find that winner.

 

Millwall Lionesses then continued their constant pressure on the Palace's backline as they wanted more from the game, Chris from the side-line urged his players on and aimed to get them pumped, the team were really working together and working for each other, our defence remained tight at the back, the midfield were working hard to get back and go forward and the forward line were creating space.

 

Annie Rossiter came on for the Lionesses at half time and from that moment was Millwall's greatest spark, her energy and desire to get forward really drove Millwall and became a pain for Palace to defend against, Annie almost won it for Millwall  in the late stages, but it wasn't meant to be.

 

The game ended level and both managers will feel their side could have nicked it at points in the game. It's 3 weeks off for the Lionesses now who look to regroup and go again on the 14th.

 

Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:

Sansom, Mackie, Priest, Stenning, Powell, Auguste (Rossiter 45), Cataldo, Clarke, Fitzgerald (Lumsden 13), Giddings, Ravenscroft

 

Millwall Lionesses unused subs: Taylor, Charles, Bailes, Guzowska

 

Crystal Palace Starting XI:

Lynch, Mackenzie, Butler, Holoaway, Nuttall (Chandler 67), Georgiou, Watling (Keogh 82), Whinnett, Hincks, Balfour(Nash 82), Burr

 

Crystal Palace unused subs: Davenport, Collins, Delgado, Haydock

 

 

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