Lionesses ready for first-ever game under the floodlights
Millwall Lionesses have a point to prove tonight when they take on bogey side London Bees in their first match of the new FA Women’s Super League season at The Den (7.45pm).
In what is their first-ever game under the floodlights in SE16, the Lionesses are aiming to get the campaign off to a winning start against their rivals.
The Bees only managed eight League points in their inaugural WSL 2 season, but four of those came at the expense of the Lionesses, earning a 2-2 draw at The Den in April before taking maximum points in a hard fought 1-0 win in the return fixture at the Hive.
Newly appointed Millwall manager Dan Mlinar will be looking to lay that ghost to rest in his first League fixture since stepping up from a caretaker manager role in November.
Midfielder Ciara Sherwood believes the new boss has already had a very positive effect on the club and has high hopes for the season ahead, saying: "Dan has been appointed as our new head coach and he has improved a number of things within the club.
"He and his assistant Anton McElhone have altered our training schedule so we are doing more work with the ball and also more fitness. I think this will help us in the long run. We have had a good pre-season and we are only going to get stronger as the season progresses."
One of Mlinar's first tasks since taking the reins was to secure the services of key players such as Lily Agg, Naomi Cole and Lilli Maple.
The new manager has also invested in youth with the closed season signings of promising wingers Rinsola Babajide from Crystal Palace and Megan Goss from London Bees.
"It was important for us as a club to keep our top players like Lily and Naomi here. Both girls had good seasons last year and we're hoping to take this forward into the new season," she continued.
"We've signed Megan Goss from London Bees and she is only 18 and showing a lot of promise. We have also signed Rinsola Babajide from Crystal Palace. I'd say those two youngsters will be our players to watch this season."
Tonight's match has a 7.45pm start and tickets, which can be purchased right up until kick-off, are priced at £5 adults and £2 concessions.
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