Devlin double helps Lionesses sink Villa
Charlotte Devlin scored two goals as Millwall won away at Aston Villa in FA WSL 2
FA WSL 2 match
14:00, Sunday 11 February 2018
Millwall Lionesses Goal Scorers: Devlin 70',90'
Charlotte Devlin struck both goals, as Millwall Lionesses ground out a 2-0 victory against a courageous Aston Villa to maintain the pressure on Doncaster in WSL2.
The second-placed Lionesses were by no means at their best against their opponents, but they managed to find the extra quality that mattered to keep themselves one point behind the Belles.
Aston Villa edged the first half, but in the second period Millwall kicked on and scored the two goals to take all three points.
Aston Villa 0
Millwall Lionesses 2
Devlin 70, 90
Aston Villa (3-5-2): Sian Rogers, Chloe Jones, Elisha N'Dow, Jade Richards, Beth Merrick, Alice Hassall, Aoife Hurley, Amy West, Jodie Hutton, Ebony Salmon, Elizabeta Ejupi
Substitutes: Phoebe Warner for Merrick 81, Hayley Crackle for Hutton 84
Substitutes not used: Amy Goddard, Ashlee Brown, Tash Baptiste, Ellen Martin
Red cards: none
Millwall Lionesses (4-2-3-1): Sarah Quantrill, Megan Wynne, Leighanne Robe, Jordan Butler, Megan Alexander, Leigh Nicol, Bonnie Horwood, Ella Rutherford, Charlotte Devlin, Leanne Cowan, Ashlee Hincks
Substitutes: Rianna Dean for Horwood 57, Amber Gaylor for 66, Ellie Mason for Hincks 81
Substitutes not used: Billie Brooks, Georgie Giddings
Bookings: Rutherford 64
Red cards: none
Referee: Bik Chi Law
Aston Villa did well to keep Millwall out for 70 minutes, but the key moment came when Ashlee Hincks laid the ball into the path of Devlin who was able to score.
That meant that Villa had to push for an equalizer and Millwall were then able to wrap the game up in the final minute through Devlin again.
GOAL OF THE MATCH
After being frustrated for 70 minutes, Devlin fired Millwall ahead in spectacular fashion.
Hincks laid the ball into the path of Devlin, who let fly with a superb shot which rifled into the top courner of the goal.
WHAT THEY SAID:
Aston Villa striker Ebony Salmon “We went in a half-time 0-0 and we knew we'd have to come out and work harder, but I don't think we deserved the 2-0 loss today.
“We had a few chances in the first half and I had one, which was a great save by the goalkeeper.
“I think both teams battled well, it wasn't really like a one-sided game at all, even at the end of the game. They just took their chances.
“I think we've just got to go again, work hard in training and take this performance into the next few games.
“Although we lost 2-0, it was a great performance and we worked well as a team, so we've just got to keep working hard and hopefully we'll start getting the results.”
Millwall Lionesses striker Charlotte Devlin said: “We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we all worked for each other and we got the three points.
"In the first half we were a bit nervous - it showed with our possession and how we were keeping the ball.
“We didn't take too many shots in the first half, but we got into the game and got some shots off at last.
“There was definitely some relief when we got the first goal - it was a good bit of play, with Ash [Hincks] setting me up, and luckily I had a good shot on goal that went in.
“I literally just got it out of my feet and whacked it and got it where the 'keeper couldn't reach.
“It was a big relief and once we got the first goal it was either us or them and luckily we came out on top after that.”
Next up for Aston Villa they face Sunderland in the SSE Women’s FA Cup while Millwall travel to Arsenal.
But when they return to FA WSL action then Villa take on Doncaster and Millwall have a derby against London Bees.
Salmon added: “We're going to keep working hard in training and hopefully we can take the performance against Millwall into the Doncaster game.
“Hopefully we can produce a performance and get the result that we think we can get from that game.
“Doncaster are a really good team and they've got really good players, but I think we're just as good, on our day.
“We just need to perform and everyone needs to work hard, like we did against Millwall, and hopefully we can get the result.”
Devlin added: “We're looking forward to the derby against London Bees, we're going to plan and hopefully we'll go into the game the way we want, with our mind-set and hopefully we'll come away with what we deserve.
“All WSL2 teams are good sides, so we can't go into any game thinking we're going to easily beat them or we're going to come off with the three points.
“Every game is a challenge and we're up for the challenge, so we don't underestimate any team.”
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