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Millwall Lionesses 6-0 AFC Acorns

by Kai Bennett (6/12/22)

Above: Millwall put AFC Acorns under pressure on Sunday. Photo: Tom West Photography.

Millwall Lionesses manager Jack Wheeler was delighted with his side’s “professionalism” in their 6-0 win against AFC Acorns on Sunday afternoon.

Millwall sit top of the London & South East Regional Women’s Division, two points clear of second-placed Worthing.

The Lionesses started well and got the opener when Maisie Joyce got on the end of a Jade Keogh corner.

It was two six minutes before the break as Shannan Drewe did well to beat the defender before striking under the keeper and into the corner.

It didn’t take long to get the third after the restart as Millie Connell hit home from another Keogh delivery.

Above: Shannan Drewe, who scored a hat-trick for Millwall against AFC Acorns on Sunday. Photo: Tom West Photography.

Drewe got her second and The Lionesses’ fourth with half an half an hour to go as her powerful effort flew into the top right-hand corner.

The hat trick was complete when the ball was played into the box, Drewe took a touch and placed it past the keeper.

The cherry on top came with three minutes remaining as Milly Penfold’s effort from the edge of the box flew into the bottom corner.

Wheeler said: “Really happy with the performance, obviously needed a reaction after the last couple of weeks.

“Really pleased with how the girls conducted themselves, a tricky game today, a potential banana skin for us, and going to a new facility (the game was played at Meridian Sports Club near Charlton Park rather than Millwall’s usual St. Pauls home) but the biggest thing for us was focusing on being high performers and really getting a big result that we needed, another three points and hopefully it will kick start us on another good run.

Above: Millie Connell, who scored Millwall’s third. Photo: Tom West Photography.

“I’m really pleased with the conduct and professionalism of the girls and the performance, just hoping that can propel us back up to the standards and the expectations that we expect from the group. Really positive and really happy both as staff and really happy for the players.

“We’ve got to take each week as it comes, we had a bit of a hangover from the way we lost in the FA Cup, and from it, we didn’t reach the same level of performance that we did prior to that game.

“But it is what it is so it’s all on the long term vision and the long term project for us so it’s really important to get back to winning ways because winning and losing can become a habit and it’s just important we continue to make sure that we keep putting in good performances.

“If we do that I’m pretty sure that we will keep getting the big three points so I’m really pleased.”

First Team Coach Adam Rowland was particularly impressed with how The Lionesses dealt with plenty of changes throughout the side.

Above: Lucy Jellett gets a shot in for Millwall against AFC Acorns on Sunday. Photo: Tom West Photography.

Rowland added: “They dealt with it particularly well, we changed the whole midfield, completely different three in there.

“They coped very well with it, worked very hard. We worked hard on the rotation throughout the week so it was good to see that in effect out there.

“Shannan (Drewe) got her real sort of full debut, got herself a hat-trick, and has done very well coming in. Overall, pleased with the players that came in, they did their job, worked hard, and gave us a good performance. 

“Nothing changes really in the way we prepare, we go into every game with the same thoughts, work ethic, the girls are going to work hard throughout it, building up to it.

“We have to keep the momentum going, every game is a big game for us now and we want to stay where we are and we want to progress. The girls know where we need to be at and we’re going to work hard this week and over the next couple of weeks in preparations for that game.”

Teams: MILLWALL LIONESSES: Hand, Connell, Payne, Keogh, Welsh, Jellett, Joyce, Moulton, Bailey, Drewe, Reid. Substitutes: Seely, Penfold, Williams, Kabadaki, Giordani.

Scorers: Joyce 21′. Drewe 31′, 61′, 69′. Connell 48′, Penfold 87′.

AFC ACORNS: Chesworth, Daily, Hudson, Hutson, Mclead, McDonnell, Page, Phillips, Powell, Tyler, Virley. Substitutes: Bosher, Horton, Livingstone.

Officials: Mark Jenkins, Juliette Joseph, Vince Kennedy.

Attendance: 34.

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