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Millwall Lionesses 0 Doncaster Rovers Belles 5 (Sweetman-Kirk 3,70, England 16, Smith 39, Dale 89)
The Belles continued their fine run of form with a five-goal victory at The Den which sees them make a swift return to the top of WSL2.
Sue Smith was first to threaten as she broke into the area, only to see her chipped cross head away within the opening seconds. However three minutes in and the Belles were ahead. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was set free down the left and cut inside before curling a superb effort past Sarah Quantrill.
Good pressing from Kasia Lipka on the edge of the Millwall area saw a defender squander possession, giving Beth England the space to slide the ball past Quantrill from close range for the second.
The Belles were in the ascendancy, with the front three of Smith, England and Sweetman-Kirk causing the home defence no end of problems. Smith had a couple of efforts from distance which went narrowly over, before she finally got herself on the scoresheet five minutes before half time. After a good move, Sweetman-Kirk broke into the area and unselfishly squared the ball to Smith, who made enough contact to see the ball trickle over the line past Quantrill's trailing leg.
Glen Harris' side looked to continue the second half in a similar attacking fashion. After a period of sustained pressure, a corner from Sophie Barker was met by Leandra Little six yards out, and only a superb reflex save from Quantrill stopped the Belles skipper from getting on the scoresheet.
Millwall seemed intent to press forward in the second half, with the pace of Rinsola Babajide and Fliss Gibbons meaning they were a threat. Chances were at a premium for the hosts, however, as the Belles defended well and snuffed out any potential danger.
With just over twenty minutes remaining, Emily Roberts' perfectly weighted pass set Sweetman-Kirk free, and the striker coolly rounded Quantrill and walked the ball into the net for her second goal.
As the game ticked into its final seconds, another substitute got in on the act for the Belles. The Millwall defence froze as Sweetman-Kirk was in an offside position, but they neglected the run of Nicole Dale. The striker raced onto the loose ball and kept her composure to fire home and top off a five-star performance from the league leaders.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Leanne Cowan, Meghan McKeag, Dionne Lennon, Naomi Cole, Danielle Carlton, Ashlee Hincks, Ciara Sherwood, Fliss Gibbons, Megan Goss (sub Anna Williams 86mins), Rinsola Babajide. Subs not used: Jordon Butler, Lilli Maple, Francesca Ali, Frankie Strugnell, Lily Agg.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Rhiannon Roberts, Leandra Little, Sophie Barker, Kasia Lipka, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Emily Simpkins (sub Nicole Dale 80mins), Sue Smith, Beth England (sub Emily Roberts 74mins). Subs not used: Samantha Tierny, Molly Johnson, Hope Knight.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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