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Josie's goal joy

15 January 2013

QPR Ladies 0 Millwall Lionesses 1

Substitute Josie Elliot’s 55th minute strike proved decisive to settle this fiercely fought encounter against a well-disciplined QPR side. 
Millwall began brightly, carving out three chances within the opening 10 minutes. Ellie Manning's second-minute effort sailed high over the crossbar before Emma Whitter burst down the right flank from the re-start. Her cross was well caught by Sophie Cheadle in the QPR goal, and midfielder Shauni Griffiths chanced an effort from 20 yards as the home side pressed for the opener.
Rangers responded to the early onslaught, but were unable to turn any one of a succession of corners into goal chances, with promising young defender Lucy Malyon putting in some strong tackles to avert the danger.
Another Shauni Griffiths run ensued from the left as she cut inside to shoot on target only to have the ball smartly saved by the keeper. 
QPR continued to add pressure as the first half progressed but it was Millwall who almost edged ahead on the verge of half-time when, following another surging run and cross from Whitter, Rebecca Stormer prodded the ball into the side netting.
Millwall didn’t have long to wait to finally break the deadlock though, and within 10 minutes of the restart sub Elliot made an instant impact, collecting a pass from Whitter before driving a low shot past Cheadle's despairing dive less than four minutes after coming off the bench.
QPR could have equalised when O'Leary - with the goal at her mercy - blasted over the bar from six yards.
Chances were coming quickly for the hosts as Sophie Fogarty spurned an equally gilt-edged opening with 17 minutes left on the clock. Sarah Staples’ cross field pass split the Millwall defence but her team-mate failed to find the target, skewing her effort wide of the near post.
Despite the pressure, Rangers were fortunate not to concede a second goal. With six minutes left on the clock Whitter shot from a distance – her powerful blocked shot rebounding and Ellie Manning’s half-volley cannoning back off the crossbar.
Barely 60 seconds later the referee blew the final whistle to the delight of the Lionesses who were able to leave with three more points in the bag. 

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