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Whitter at the double

2 October 2012

Emma on target in derby win

Team: Chanell Yardley, Chantelle Mackey (Alicia Ferguson, 5mins), Dionne Lennon, Natalie Grafton, Francesca Strugnell, Shauni Griffiths, Ciara Sherwood, Ellie Manning, Nikki Payne (Kayleigh Xidhas, 60mins), Abigail Igbavboia (Abby Dawson, 80mins), Emma Whitter. Subs not used: Josie Elliot, Rebecca Stormer.
This week we play Reading on their turf and I’m sure it will be a real battle as they are on top form this season.”
The players underestimated QPR but thanks to Chanell Yardley and Emma Whitter who were on top form we got the goals and kept a clean sheet.
We had a good first half performance and could have won the game more easily if we had finished our chances.
Manager Alberto Kurti said: “We rode on our luck in this game and credit to QPR as they deserved to get something out of today.
Millwall defended well and caught the visitors on the break with 10 minutes remaining to secure victory. It was Whitter again who showed a touch of class as she beat two defenders before calmly slotting the ball beyond the QPR keeper into the bottom corner for a 2-0 final score.
QPR continued to press and Yardley came to the rescue once more, magnificently saving a first-time volley at point-blank range.
Minutes later another one-on-one situation similar situation arose but this time it took a combination of Yardley's save and a tiomely clearance off the line by skipper Dionee Lennon to avert the danger.
During the second half QPR were on top for large spells and were only denied an equaliser within seconds of the restart thanks to a smart save by keeper  Chanell Yardley.
Some fine saves and good defending from the QPR ladies kept their opponents at bay and The Lionesses went in with a well deserved lead at the break.
Ferguson' was involved immediately and it was from her clever through ball to Emma Whitter that led to the first goal with Whitter's clinical finish firing Millwall 1-0 ahead.
In the fifth minute a challenge on Chantelle Mackie forced her out the game and experienced midfielder Alicia Ferguson came on to make her League debut for the Lionesses.
Millwall started brightly and a good passing move nearly ended with the opening goal in the opening couple of minutes, only for Abigail Igbavboia's shot to fizz  inches wide of the net.
Millwall Lionesses maintained their fine form to the season with a hard-fought victory against London rivals QPR at the weekend.

Millwall Lionesses 2 QPR Ladies 0

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