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Sunday’s away trip to Durham, proved to be one of the Lionesses' better performances of the season. The girls were defensively astute, who battled bravely against a bombardment of attacks, only to lose by one goal to nil due to a moment of magic courtesy of Durham's Emily Roberts.
After six hours on the road, the Lionesses arrived Durham for their penultimate away game of the season. Rhiannon Stewart returning to the side, giving Chris Phillips a headache for future selection with her best performance in a Millwall shirt this season.
Almost immediately from kick off, Durham threatened the Millwall goal, forcing some last ditch defending early on.
Millwall were to rely on implementing a counter attack when soaking up large amounts of pressure. Annie Rossiter had an audacious effort, which was deflected out for a Millwall corner. Millwall have been dangerous from set-pieces this season, and almost extended their record when Beth Lumsden fired a stunning corner into the Durham area, however the delivery was arguably “too good” and nobody could get on the receiving end of it.
But that wouldn’t be it for the afternoon. As the first half progressed, Durham kept testing shot stopper Stewart, doing well to keep it at a stalemate going into half time.
Early into the second half, the Lionesses were handed somewhat of a lifeline when Durham striker, Zoe Ness, failed to convert her chance, firing just wide of the post. This was shortly followed by a free-kick, which was beautifully weighted to the back post, but fortunately for Millwall it wasn’t capitalised on again.
The weather was beautiful, the sun was scorching, and many a save from Stewart, Durham were forcing! However, the young ‘keeper dealt with everything thrown at her and received many plaudits from both home & away supporters; finding herself into the FAWSL team of the week.
Despite her heroics, Stewart was beaten by an incredible solo effort from Durham’s Emily Roberts, who arched her effort into the far corner from the left hand side. Our first lapse in concentration led to a goal, unfortunately you do get punished at this level!
Despite conceding, Millwall didn’t allow their heads to drop almost instantly replying from another set piece. A well rehearsed drill, Beth Lumsden’s corner was dummied by Evie Clarke, arriving to none other than Gabby Ravenscroft, but she could only fire over from the edge of the 18-yard box.
It just wasn’t meant to be and with Durham still chasing promotion, they showed their quality in not taking their foot off of the gas right up until the 90th minute forcing yet another fine save from Rhiannon Stewart in goal
The game finished 1-0, however it was a fine performance and the girls can almost definitely take this into their final home game of the season against Manchester United Ladies on 28th April at Princes Park.
Borthwick, Ness, Robson, Robertson, Holmes, Wilson ©️, Christon, Gears, Roberts, Hill, Hepple
Durham Substitutes: Reid, Greenwood, Cottam, Ryan.
All substitutes were unused.
Stewart, Mackie, Casley, Priest, Lumsden, Ravenscroft (Young 78’), Clarke ©️, Fitzgerald, Rossiter (Giddings 63’), Neville (Cataldo 57’), Robert
Millwall substitutes unused: Bailes, Stovold, Peart, Bailey