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Millwall Lionesses 0 London Bees 0
Millwall Lionesses drew their opening game of the FA WSL 2 season against London Bees in an enthralling 0-0 at The Den.
Millwall dominated most of the game but were unable to beat an inspired Sophie Harris in the visitors' goal.
The Lionesses made the better start of the two teams with an effective high press led by forwards Ciara Sherwood and Rinsola Babajide. After an even opening, the hosts created the first chance of the game on 13 minutes as Lily Agg found Babajide who pulled her long range effort wide of the left hand post.
Millwall dominated the middle stages of the half and were unlucky not to go in front, Babajide again causing problems with her pace as she beat the Bees offside trap and rounded keeper Harris before firing over the bar.
London Bees were keen to play on the counter attack and this tactic almost paid dividends, when forward Leigh Nicol latched onto a through ball but she was stopped by a great recovery tackle from full back Frankie Strugnell.
The visitors continued to look lively as the first half drew to a close but the Lionesses would certainly have been disappointed to go in to the break on level terms with their London counterparts.
The home side continued to enjoy the balance of play in the second half, restricting the Bees to long range efforts with their tight defensive structure. That tactic almost ran in the visitors' favour shortly after the restart when Nicol hit a fearsome drive from range that was well saved by Sarah Quantrill.
The Lionesses keeper was called into action again soon after to keep out another effort from distance from Cheryl Williams. Megan Goss headed a ball into the path of Agg at the other end but the livewire midfielder shot straight at the Bees custodian.
The biggest chance of the game fell to the hosts and once again to forward Babajide. The WSL debutant beat the Bess' offside trap only to see her shot saved by keeper Harris before firing the rebound wide under pressure.
Rinsola was equally unlucky with a chance just after the hour mark, connecting with a right wing cross from Megan Goss, only to see her left footed shot cannon back off the post.
The Lionesses continued to create chances but were unable to capitalise, forcing keeper Harris into numerous saves. The full time whistle saw both teams claim a share of the spoils and Millwall's search for a first win over the Bees goes on.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Frankie Strugnell, Dionne Lennon, Naomi Cole, Leanne Cowan, Grace Fisk, Lily Agg, Rinsola Babjide (sub Cherrelle Albert 78mins), Ciara Sherwood (sub Shirvae Edwards 62mins), Lillie Fenlon-Billson (sub Jordon Butler 83mins), Megan Goss. Subs not used: Frankie Gibbs, Naomi James.
London Bees: Sophie Harris, Aoife Hurley, Paula Howells (sub Charlotte Benson 80mins), Jemma Connor-Iommi, Jade Dempster, Louise Fellows, Ashleigh Goddard, Cheryl Williams (sub Andria Georgiou 88mins), Leigh Nicol, Lucy Loomes, Gemma Fraser (sub Rebecca Anderson 65mins). Subs not used: Imogen Riches, Katherine Huggins, Paige Wakefield.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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