Skipper puts injury nightmare firmly behind her
Skipper Dionne Lennon was understandably delighted to be back in the thick of the first-team action as Millwall Lionesses eased to a comfortable 3-0 win against Lowestoft Ladies in Sunday's FA Women's Cup Third Round tie.
For experienced defender Dionne, Sunday's game was a personal triumph as she marked her first full 90 minutes of competitive action since breaking her leg in July 2014 by leading the Lionesses to a Fourth Round tie at Portsmouth next month.
"It was great to be back after my injury," said Dionne. "I'm feeling good and that was my first 90 minutes. I've only had 45s and 60s so far in pre-season, so it's nice to get some more playing time under my belt.
"As a defender, clean sheets are what you always want, you know, the strikers want goals and the defenders want clean sheets, so that's good."
Sunday's game also saw competitive debuts for Millwall's new signings Rinsola Babajide and Megan Goss and Dionne is expecting big things from the pair this season.
"Both girls have come in and fitted in really well, everyone loves them," she added. "Rinsola is only 16, scored on her debut and did herself proud against Lowestoft. I think Megan has given us something different with her ability on the ball and her crossing. They are definitely both good additions to the squad."
Dionne admitted that she was wary of Lowestoft's free-scoring reputation prior to Sunday's tie and was impressed with the Eastern Region Women's Premier Division side, adding: " We had heard a lot about them, how they were unbeaten in the league and that they score lots of goals.
"They put us under a lot of pressure and didn't give us a minute on the ball. In fact I think at times we thought that we had more time on the ball than we actually did.
"They gave us a good game and that's what we want. It is the FA Cup but we are still in pre-season so I think a game like that was a good little test for us."
Millwall will travel to Portsmouth Ladies in the next round - a tie that will see Pompey's Leeta Rutherford face her former Lionesses team-mates.
"You've got to beat good teams to progress in the FA Cup," said Dionne. "Portsmouth are doing well in their League so I think everyone is looking forward to it. Leeta (Rutherford) is playing there, so it will be nice to see her again. Maybe we'll have a little word with her and get some tips on their weaknesses!"
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