Losing run continues for LionessesMillwall Lionesses' disappointing run of results continued as a late goal from Aston Villa Ladies condemned Dan Mlinar's side to a fifth successive defeat.
It had looked so promising for Lionesses, who took an early lead through Rinsola Babajide, only to be pegged back by strikes from Bethan Merrick and then Katie Wilkinson, who hit the winner with less than quarter of an hour remaining.
Millwall started promisingly and went close to breaking the deadlock when Danielle Carlton's glorious 40-yard effort took the paint off the Villa crossbar, while Babajide saw her close-range effort drift narrowly wide of the target.
Mlinar's outfit continued to dominate the early exchanges of the game and Babajide finally saw her persistence pay off, powering home in the 25th minute to put the Lionesses in front.
Further Millwall attacks followed during a sustained period of domination. Ciara Sherwood's shot sailed over the bar, while Babajide would have doubled her tally but for the acrobatics of Caitlin Leach in the Villa goal.
The second-half proved to be a different matter, however, as Villa wrested the initiative from Millwall with winger and top-scorer Olivia Ferguson, in particular, proving a real handful.
Sarah Quantrill came to the rescue for Millwall with a smart save from Ferguson, and the keeper could only sigh with relief as another close-range effort by the persistent winger smashed into the side netting.
Villa finally breached the Lionesses defence close to the hour mark. A lofted ball from Wilkinson found Merrick, whose clinical finish evened the score.
It was Villa's game from here on. Millwall defended resolutely and may have come away with a hard-earned point but for a show-stopping winner 15 minutes from the end. A probing cross into the penalty area found Wilkinson who, with her back to goal, unleashed an overhead kick that left Quantrill grasping at thin air.
The Lionesses reacted positively and really pushed forward in the closing minutes striving for an equaliser. Fliss Gibbons went closest right at the death, but her goal-bound shot was brilliantly blocked by Villa defender Lauren Haynes as the visitors held on a maximum points.
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