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Report: Durham 2-3 Millwall Lionesses

5 April 2015

Agg at the double to maintain unbeaten WSL 2 start


An outstanding second-half fight back saw Millwall maintain their unbeaten start to the WSL 2 season at Durham's New Ferens Park. Amelia Pereira gave the hosts the lead at the break but Rinsola Babajide’s first League goal and a brace from sub Lily Agg were enough to claim all three points for the Lionesses.

Durham had the better of the early chances and were unlucky not to take the lead in the eighth minute. Julie Nelson connected with Beth Hepple’s free-kick but her shot was diverted past the post.

Emily Scott was next to test the Lionesses defence with a 20-yard drive that crashed against the woodwork on 13 minutes.

Dionne Lennon and Cherelle Albert both spurned chances at the opposite end before Frankie Strugnell kept her side in the game with a clearance off the line to divert Scott’s goalbound half-volley to safety.

Durham finally took the lead on 37 minutes when Becky Beech dispossessed Naomi Cole, slipped in Pereira and the Portuguese midfielder made no mistake, slotting a cool finish into the bottom corner.

Millwall started the second-half with renewed impetus and claimed a deserved equaliser in the 54th minute when Babajide pounced on a poor back pass from Vic Linsley and thumped home her first FA WSL goal into the roof of the net.

Two minutes later Dan Mlinar introduced Agg in place of Albert and last season’s leading scorer made an instant impact for Millwall. 

Durham failed to deal with a 63rd minute corner and Agg was handily placed hand to smash home the loose ball and put the visitors in front for the first time.

Soon after, the Lionesses survived a scare at the other end as skipper Lennon reacted quickly to deny Nelson with a clearance from under her own crossbar.

Another defensive error from the hosts allowed Agg to claim her second goal in the 72nd minute, the livewire midfielder drawing keeper Helen Alderson, before lobbing home into an empty net.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded for their efforts 10 minutes from time as Beth Hepple smashed home a stunning free-kick to set up a nervy finish, but the Lionesses hung on to secure a superb away victory.

Milwall: Quantrill, Cowan, Lennon, Butler, Strugnell, Sherwood (Ali, 77mins), Cole, Babajide, Goss (Edwards, 66mins), Billson, Albert (Agg, 56mins). Sub not used: Gibbs.

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