Lionesses Draw In Front Of Record Crowd

Casey Cooper-Fiske reports as Millwall Lionesses maintain their unbeaten start.

 

Millwall Lionesses shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw away at Yeovil Town in front of a record crowd for the home side.

Millwall looked impressive from the outset with Ciara Sherwood just inches away from opening the scoring for the visitors with a well-hit volley. Despite their high percentage of possession the Lionesses did have a few scares in the first half with keeper Sarah Quantrill being called into action to produce a fine stop from Yeovil forward Nicola Cousins.

Fifteen minutes before half time the home side thought they had the lead when Helen Bleazard clinically finished past Quantrill but Yeovil’s joy was short-lived as the goal was ruled out for offside.

Then three minutes before the break the Lionessses pounced. Leighanne Robe floated a perfect cross into the penalty area for Fliss Gibbons to nod past Glovers’ keeper Charlotte Haynes and put Millwall one up.

Crossbar

It was to be a tale of two halves with Yeovil starting the second period the stronger as Cousins’ header rebounded back off of the crossbar and Sarah Wiltshire’s well-placed effort hit the post.

On 74 minutes the home side had an equalizer as Wiltshire crossed for Bleazard who thumped the ball home confidently to level things up.

The goal prompted the Lionesses to wake up. Lucy Loombes caused problems in the Yeovil defence as she brought a couple of good saves out of Haynes.

It was to be an eventful last 10 minutes at both ends of the pitch as first Annie Henderson thought she had won it for Yeovil as she poked home, only to be denied by the lineman’s flag.

Then Millwall almost had the ball in the net as Loombes beat Yeovil keeper Haynes, but couldn’t put the ball past a retreating Yeovil defender on the line.

The point keeps the Lionesses one place ahead of the Glovers going into a busy week of fixtures.