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Lionesses bite back for draw

Posted on 5 October 2011  - 12:00

Karen Hills admitted Spurs Ladies had to 'learn fast' after letting a 2-0 lead slip against Millwall Lionesses in the FA Women's Premier League South on Sunday.

Karen Hills admitted Spurs Ladies had to 'learn fast' after letting a 2-0 lead slip against Millwall Lionesses in the FA Women's Premier League South on Sunday.

Spurs started brightly and deservedly took a 2-0 lead into half-timer after a cracker from Miranda Hall and Wendy Martin's header.

The Lionesses were soon reduced to 10 after a sending off but managed to claw their way back into the lead, reducing the deficit midway through the half and then grabbing a poing via a last-minute penalty.

"I told the team after the game that we need to learn and learn fast how to see out a game when we are in the lead," said Karen.

"We cannot afford to concede silly goals. Silly mistakes have cost us in three matches so far this season and this needs to change if we want to compete in this league."

The ladies face the long trip to Somerset and Keynsham Ladies this Sunday, October 13, kick-off 2pm.

Spurs Ladies 2-2 Millwall Lionesses

The ladies took the lead in spectacular fashion after 12 minutes when Miranda Hall fired home a free-kick from fully 35 yards.

Millwall were shellshocked and almost from kick-off, Emma Plewa won possession and forced a cofner. The ball was delivered by Jenna Schillaci and met by Wendy Martin for a 2-0 lead.

Karen Hills was forced into a change in the first half with Emma Kayser on for injured Derrie O'Halloran.

Millwall upped the tempo in the second half but it remained 2-0 going into the final 10 minutes when the Lionesses had a player sent off.

Undetered, Millwall reduced the arrears in the 83rd minute before Jo Ayre unfortunately conceded a penalty in the final minute that was converted for the final 2-2 scoreline.

"We were cruising in the first half and should have wrapped the game up against 10," added Karen.

"Credit to Millwall, they never give up, but there were no excuses really from our point of view."

Team Jo Ayre, Miranda Hall, Ebony Heath, Sam Pittuck, Claire Gibbons (Ryah Vyse, 65) Derrie O'Halloran (Emma Kayser, 20) Jess Cheesman, Wendy Martin, Jenna Schillaci (Rosi Webb, 60), Kirsten Thomson, Emma Plewa.