Watford 2-4 Millwall Lionesses
Millwall get back to winning ways after a comprehensive victory at Watford.
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match
19:45, Wednesday 12 August 2015
Millwall Lionesses Goal Scorers: Hincks 24′, Gibbons 35′, Lennon 60′, Babajide 89′
DIONNE Lennon admits Millwall Lionesses are seeking a return to the type of form that kickstarted their season after a comprehensive 4-2 victory at Watford in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.
Ashlee Hincks and Fliss Gibbons gave the Lionesses a two-goal advantage by half-time and though Lennon got on the scoresheet in the second half, Anneka Nuttall and Stacie Donnelly goals kept Watford in it.
Millwall’s Jordon Butler suffered a knee injury that caused a lengthy delay late on, but Babajide struck in stoppage time to secure a second away victory of the season for the Lionesses.
And captain Lennon said: “We’ve had a tough time of it lately, not necessarily getting the results or the performances that we want.
“So we just wanted to come here, prove a point, get back to winning ways and get back to the performances we had at the start of the season. All the times we’ve played Watford they’ve given us a good game, it’s always a nice feisty battle, which I think the fans enjoy as well.
“We’ve found goals hard to come by this year, so it’s nice to score four and spread them around a bit.”
Hincks opened the scoring with a speculative long-range effort that deceived goalkeeper Trippoli Witney and squirmed into the net.
Donnelly came closest to equalising with a beautiful strike from distance five minutes before half-time, forcing Frankie Gibbs into a clever save.
But the doubled the advantage just before the breaks, with Hincks laying off to Fliss Gibbons on the left, who curled an impressive shot into the top corner.
Watford got a goal back in the 55th minute, with Nuttall rising brilliantly to head home a corner.
But Ciara Sherwood won a corner just before the hour mark and Lennon netted firmly from the resultant cross.
The match was marred 15 minutes from time by the injury to Butler before Donnelly grabbed a goal back for Watford almost immediately.
Then Babajide came off the bench and wrapped it up with a terrific solo effort in injury time.
Watford midfielder Donnelly said: “It was end-to-end, a good game, and we battled our hearts out. It was a shame we couldn’t get the result but we’ll pick ourselves up and go again.
“We’ve got a lot of positives to take from that match. We just don’t have much luck at the moment, but we’re building slowly and getting there, and have a lot to take from the second half in particular.
WSL 2 hasn’t gone so well so we were hoping for a change of luck – we’re working hard, we want to get off the bottom of the table and progress in the future.
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