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Lionesses pipped by Oxford in five-goal thriller

7 September 2015

Millwall let 2-1 lead slip and slide to fourth successive defeat

Millwall Lionesses' poor run of results continued as Lauren Allison headed a late winner to secure a 3-2 win for Oxford United in Sunday's FA WSL2 clash at Beckenham Town.

The Lionesses went into action having shipped 15 goals in their previous three matches and within the opening minutes were caught napping defensively when Destiney Toussaint netted the opening goal from close range following some good work from Allison.

Toussaint was a whisker away from doubling Oxford's tally after 25 minutes, smashing an effort off the bar with a thunderous strike from just inside the area. 

After that let-off, Millwall began to work their way into the game and create chances of their own. Ashlee Hincks was thwarted by the woodwork with a drive from the right-hand edge of the area, but that proved just a temporary reprieve for United as the home side were awarded a penalty almost immediately after. Lillie Maple stepped up to take the spot-kick, hammering it straight down the middle to restore parity.

In an end-to-end tussle United went close to restoring their lead within a minute of the game restarting when Kat Nutman tried her luck beat keeper Sarah Quantrill from 10 yards, but the ball bobbled wide of the post.

It was the Lionesses, however, who edged ahead two minutes into the second-half, Babajide Rinsola cutting in from the right-hand side before she curled a shot past the despairing dive of United keeper Demi Lambourne.

Back came Oxford, and the two teams were locked level at 2-2 on the hour mark courtesy of a sublime finish from Nutman, who calmly slotted a left-footed shot past Quantrill when through one-on-one.

United began to pile on the pressure and were duly rewarded for their efforts 11 minutes from time when Allison nodded home at the back post following a lofted ball in from Kayleigh Hines.

Despite a late, at times desperate, onslaught from Millwall the visitors hang on to claim maximum points and leave the Lionesses third from bottom of the table.

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