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Report: Sunderland 4 Millwall Lionesses 0

11 August 2014

Kurti feels defeat was "harsh" on young side

Millwall Lionesses manager Alberto described Sunday's FA WSL 2 defeat as "harsh" as his young team slipped to defeat at high-flying Sunderland on Sunday. 

Speaking after the game Kurti said: "I cannot fault the girls in terms of the effort they put in. "If you look at the way the game went, I felt the 4-0 was a bit harsh on us because we tried, we worked hard and we caused Sunderland problems. 

"We got in areas where we created chances, luck just wasn't on our side unfortunately. In the second half I felt a couple of individual errors we made could have sent the game either way.”

Kurti made four changes from the Millwall side beaten by Yeovil, handing young Chantelle Mackie and Stevie Lamb their full debut whilst bringing striker Shirvea Edwards and Cherelle Albert back into the starting XI. Jade Dempster, Lily Agg, Kim Stenning and Sophie Perry all dropped to the bench.
 
Despite the final score, it was The Lionesses who could have taken the lead after just 11 minutes when midfielder Leeta Rutherford drilled over from the right edge of the area. 

Ten minutes before half-time Sunderland's Abby Holmes played a neat ball into the path of Sophie Williams, whose shot was blocked by keeper Sarah Quantrill. However Quantrill could do little to prevent the hosts taking the lead, just before the break, as a corner from the right was headed back at the far post and Sunderland captain Steph Bannon nodded in from close range. 
 
Sunderland, who are now four points above second-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles, doubled their lead on the hour mark when Rachel Furness threaded a ball through to Williams and she stroked a shot across Quantrill into the bottom left corner. 

The Lionesses attempted a come back with Lillie Billson forcing a smart save keeper Alderson with a powerful strike that was floating towards the top left hand corner, before the Sunderland keeper got her fingertips to touch the ball over for a corner.
 
On 65 minutes, Sunderland cemented the points as Keira Ramshaw capitalised on some poor handling from Quantrill and tucked home from six yards to make it three. 

Furness became the fourth Black Cats player on target two minutes from time, completing the scoring with a low drive.
 
Millwall:Quantrill, Mackie (Dempster, 46mins), Davies, Cole, Strugnell, Maple, Rutherford, Lamb, Albert (Stenning, 71mins), Edwards (Perry, 63mins), Billson.

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