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MATCH REPORT | Millwall Lionesses 1 Leicester City 2

October 15, 2018

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A second half comeback from a spirited Foxes side saw the visitors run away with all 3 points, in a game Millwall would have felt they could have claimed victory.

 

Millwall and Leicester started very well on the front foot, causing both defence's problems with the two teams in search of an early goal.  The Foxes got in behind the Lionesses defence a number of times and on another day would have taken the lead.  However, a combination of misses and brilliant saves by Chloe Sansom denied them of this inside a cagey first 10 minutes.

 

Millwall continued to pressure the back-line of Leicester with Gabby Ravenscroft working her socks off up top to ensure the pressure was applied all around the pitch, not just at the back. Chances were falling for both sides early on, but neither side were able to capitalise on bad marking and positioning to make their opponents pay.

 

A moment of true magic then came about for Millwall and a moment the side have been waiting for.  After a free kick was given 20 yards from goal, Beth Lumsden stepped up to take it.  With a box full of Millwall heads, the obvious option was to whip the ball in the box and hope it comes off a Lioness head and into the back of the net.  Beth, however, had other ideas and smashed the free kick straight into the top corner giving Millwall the lead. It was the start Chris Phillips and his side were looking for and looked as if fortunes were changing for the home side.

 

The Lionesses almost made it two not long after when a beautiful spin and turn from Evie Clarke saw her get away from her marker and send herself through one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The striker took the option of trying to take the ball round the 'keeper to leave herself an empty net to place the ball in, but some brilliant tracking back by Leicester's defence were able to stop the potential second goal and keep Millwall's lead to just the one.

 

The second half got underway with Leicester looking to get an equaliser early on and hopefully push on for that winner.  Millwall, who were without both the influential Lia Cataldo and Annie Rossiter, were desperately attempting to hold off the Midlands side and hit them on the counter. Leicester were trying to break down a Millwall side who were full of confidence and aiming to get their first win of the season.  The home side refused to be broken down and were trying to set Gabby and Evie free up top whenever they could.

 

Leicester eventually got their reward for their constant pressure when the visitors were awarded a penalty not too long into the second half.  It felt a little harsh on the Millwall side who had done so well to get themselves into this position, but there weren't many complaints about the decision. Rosie Axten stepped up and comfortably scored, levelling the game and dealing Millwall with a huge blow.

 

The visitors grew in confidence from this goal and were hungry for more. The away side continued to put Millwall under pressure to get a goal, but Millwall were refusing to allow Leicester their second goal of the game.  But just like with the London Bees game, it was heartbreak once again for Millwall.  Rosie Axten who had scored already from the spot was allowed to take a free-kick for Leicester from 25 yards.  After already seeing Beth Lumsden make Princes Park erupt with her earlier effort, the home fans in the ground were just hoping this would fire straight into the wall.  Rosie Axten, however, didn't read the script and stepped up and put herself in the hat for goal of the season, giving the visitors the lead for the first time in the game.

 

Despite feeling depleted from that free-kick, Millwall continued to stick to the game plan and look for that illusive equaliser, something they felt they would have at least deserved from a game where for 45 minutes they were the better side.

 

The full time whistle blew and this defeat was probably the hardest to take out of them all so far.  After 45 minutes where the Lionesses looked as if they were picking up their first win and to come away with nothing will hurt, but the improvement in the players is still showing.

 

Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:

Sansom, Mackie, Priest, Casley, Powell, Bailes, Fitzgerald, Lumsden, Giddings, Clarke, Ravenscroft

 

Millwall Lionesses unused subs: Taylor, Charles, Auguste, Harford, Bailey, Harvey

 

Leicester City Starting XI:

Lambourne, Nymoen (Cusack 64), Morgan, Domingo (Dugmore 59), M.Johnson, Axten, Ayisi, McCue, N.Johnson, Fletcher, L.Johnson (Jackson 69)

 

Leicester City unused subs: Clarke, Greengrass

 

 

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