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Report: Millwall Lionesses 3 Lowestoft Ladies 0

9 February 2015

Full-time score from Eden Park Avenue

Dionne Lennon made a winning return to action as Millwall Lionesses booked an FA Women's Cup Fourth Round tie at Portsmouth following this comfortable win against Lowestoft Ladies.

Defender Dionne was making her first appearance since suffering a broken fibula last July, whilst new manager Dan Mlinar also handed debuts to close season signings Rinsola Babajide and Megan Goss.

Sunday's victory was perfect for both Lennon and Mlinar as Millwall's professionalism proved the difference against their opponents in a thoroughly engaging encounter at Beckenham.

Lowestoft, who were unbeaten in both the League and Cup prior to this fixture, made a lively start to the match with Paige Shorten testing Lionesses’ keeper Sarah Quantrill with a well struck free-kick after just 70 seconds.

Millwall's response was swift as first Goss saw a goalbound effort at the near post deflected for a corner and then Lily Agg drilled a low effort straight at Chloe Pearce in the Lowestoft goal.

Lowestoft enjoyed a fair amount of early possession and on 16 minutes Natasha Thomas found herself with a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box, but was denied by an immaculately timed challenge from Grace Fisk.

Shorten then connected with a stunning effort on the volley that sailed well over the crossbar as Lowestoft askled questions of Millwall. But with the home defence calmly and confidently organised by Lennon, the back-four dealt with everything thrown at them.

The Lionesses grew into the game and after a spell of sustained pressure made their dominance count in the 29th minute as a diagonal pass from Fisk sent Agg away down the right flank. She played the ball into the Lowestoft area and Lillie Billson was on hand to poke home beyond the keeper's reach.

Millwall doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a wayward clearance from keeper Pearce fell invitingly at the feet of 16-year-old debutant Babajide, who showed great composure and coolly slotted her finish into the far corner.

In the second-half the Lionesses continued to enjoy the balance of play and were close to extending their lead a couple of minutes after the restary. Livewire Lily Agg seemed determined to get on the score-sheet but saw another powerful drive denied by keeper Pearce.

Lowestoft continued to look dangerous on the break and threatened shortly after from their first corner of the match. Chloe Hoffman found Thomas at the near post, only for the forward to head high and wide of the mark.

On 69 minutes Billson drilled a superb ball to the right side of midfield to send Megan Goss through in space, she pulled back for Agg to try her luck again, but the midfielder’s low strike was gathered by Pearce at her near post.

Not surprisingly, given their high-tempo performance, the visitors seemed to tire in the closing stages of the match, allowing Millwall to dominate the possession deep in their opponents' half.

That pressure resulted in a third goal, four minutes from time, as Fran Ali played a perfectly weighted through ball to substitute Cherelle Albert, who in turn fired a neat finish across goal and inside the keeper's far post.

Lionesses: Quantrill, Strugnell, Cowan, Cole, Lennon, Agg, Ali, Goss (Edwards, 72mins), Billson (Albert, 76mins), Fisk, Babajide (Sherwood, 63mins). Subs not used: Gibbs, James.

Lowestoft: Pearce, Prettyman, Larkins, Cletheroe, Pasque, Scully (Rowland, 63mins), Thomas, Gray, Waters (Cossey, 71mins), Hoffman, Shorten. Subs not used: Bell, Paul, Baker.

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