Millwall's FA Cup dreams ended on Sunday afternoon at Prenton Park as Super League side Liverpool claimed a spot in the quarter finals with a dominant performance in a 2-0 win.
Millwall, who won their first game in the competitive season last week in the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to Grace Neville’s injury time winner earned them the trip to Liverpool, couldn’t get enough of the ball against the top tier side as two second half goals was enough.
In the opening stages Liverpool showed their class with the early chances causing chaos in Millwall's 18-yard box, but the defence remained professional and were dealing with the oncoming pressure very well. Liverpool were becoming increasingly frustrated as they couldn’t find the back of the net and Millwall were trying to hit Liverpool on the counter, but were failing to set Evie Clarke free.
Liverpool then thought they scored not only once, but twice. Both were adjudged to have been offside as Millwall escaped a very nervous five minute period. The first offside goal seemed a very straight forward decision, but moments later after a free kick was whipped in from the left the ball was met with a header and was in the back of the net. A right decision for the linesman to make in such huge circumstances.
The half time whistle blew and Millwall were holding a very good Liverpool to a stalemate. A lot of defending and hard concentration was used up in the first 45 minutes.
The second half got underway and twelve minutes in, the hosts eventually got the opener. A tidy finish from Linett and a sense of relief came around the ground as they believed that from there on in this was their game now in which they could control the manner, flow and tempo. However, Millwall refused to sit back and allow Liverpool to break free keeping the game very tight.
Millwall remained professional, but ten minutes later former Millwall player Babjide found space on the right hand side before cutting in and drilling her shot above Chloe Samson and under the crossbar. That goal looked to have sealed the victory for Liverpool, the insurance goal that would send them to the quarter finals.
The last twenty minutes Millwall tried to put pressure on and Evie Clarke has a good chance to half the deficit with a few minutes to go, but the striker's effort was wide of the target as Millwall just couldn’t find a goal and Liverpool marched into the quarters.
It’s now back to league action for Millwall on Wednesday as they host London Bees.
Liverpool FC Women:
Kitching, S. Murray, Purfield, Roberts (Rodgers 78), Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Babajide, Coombs, Sweetman-Kirk (Thomas 80), C. Murray, Linnett (Hodson 68).
Subs not used: Preuss, Robe
Sansom, Cowan, Bailes, Priest, Lumsden (Ali 74), Cataldo, Clarke, Giddings (Rossiter 45), Fitzgerald, Young (Harford 74), Neville
Subs not used: Stewart, Mackie, Ravenscroft, Bailey