Follis bags a brace for Reading Ladies
Millwall Lionesses' proud unbeaten start to the FA WSL 2 season came to an abrupt halt as Reading Ladies returned to the top of the table with a 3-0 win at the Madejski Stadium.
Two goals from Emma Follis either side of an effort from Harriett Scott proved decisive as Dan Mlinar's Lionesses suffered their first defeat in eight games.
Speaking after the game, Millwall defender Naomi Cole felt that her side failed to match the high level of performance they had produced thus far this season.
“Reading proved why they are top of the league at this stage of the season," she said. "They are strong, attack-minded side and they showed that with three quality goals.
"But we know we can play better than that. It's unfortunate for us as we've gone seven games unbeaten and we've kind of given them this result a little bit; credit to them they did play well but we feel we let ourselves down.
"We feel we can get close to the likes of Reading but they showed their quality. We knew we were in for a fight and we just didn’t quite step up."
Reading took the lead on 11 minutes when Bianca Bragg split the Millwall defence with a smart forward pass to put Follis through and she made no mistake when one-on-one with Sarah Quantrill.
The home side pushed on and doubled the score nine minutes into the second half with a thunderous strike from Scott that flew into the top corner.
Bianca Bragg saw a curling effort headed off the line, but Follis put the result beyond doubt with 18 minutes remaining with a composed lofted finish over the on-rushing Quantrill.
Reading finished the game with 10 players following the late dismissal of Bragg for a rash challenge, but by then the damage had already been done and it was too late for the Lionesses to make the most of their numerical advantage.