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Report | Sheffield Ladies 2-2 Millwall Lionesses

25 July 2016

Gurr grabs a late leveller to secure a share of the spoils

Centre of Excellence graduate Ella Rutherford was handed her first WSL2 start as Millwall Lionesses secured a battling 2-2 draw at Sheffield Ladies on Sunday.

It was an excellent result for the Lionesses, who forced their way back from a 2-1 deficit to deny in-form Sheffield a fifth successive victory.

Megan Wynne and Ashlee Hincks combined well to earn Millwall their first corner of the game after six minutes and although that set-piece routine came to nothing, debutant Rutherford did force a smart save from home keeper Juliana Draycott with a stinging drive.

Rinsola Babajide was inches away from connecting with Jordan Butler's cross after excellent approach play from Wynne and Rutherford as the visitors pressed for the opening goal.

It duly arrived on 22 minutes when the impressive Rutherford was hacked down in the penalty area and up stepped Ashlee Hincks to calmly slot the resulting penalty kick into the back of the net.

The Lionesses continued to press forward with Babajide's nutmeg setting up Rutherford, who saw her shot blocked, and then Bonnie Horwood's header from Hincks' peach of a cross directed just over the bar.

However Sheffield hauled themselves right back in it with a goal seconds before half-time. Lionesses keeper Sarah Quantrill did well to make a point-blank save to deny Jody Michalska's drive, but Emma Lipman was on hand to convert the loose ball and level at 1-1.

Both teams looked bright and inventive in the second-half as they bid to gain an advantage and a succession of inviting crosses at either end went begging as the game approached the 70-minute mark.

It took a moment of brilliance from Lipman to tip the balance in Sheffield's favour as, having not scored a goal for three years, she grabbed her second of the game with a stunning long-range strike that gave Quantrill no chance.

That set-back merely strengthened Millwall's resolve and within seven minutes Charlotte Gurr, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes, turned the ball over the line from a Hincks' corner for the equaliser.

Both Sheffield and the Lionesses had opportunities to claim maximum points in a pulsating final 10 minutes with Michalska heading narrowly wide for the home team and Amber Gaylor thwarted right at the death for Millwall with the last action of a cracking game.

Millwall: Quantrill, Brookes, Robe, Butler, Cowan, Maple, Horwood, Rutherford, Wynne, Babajide, Hincks. Subs: Fisk, Loomes, Gurr, Gaylor, Giddings, Nicol.

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