Albion drew their third game in the FAWSL Spring Series.
- Albion make it three draws from three FAWSL Spring Series games
- Kate Natkiel comes closest for Albion with chances in either half
- Ashlee Hincks comes close with several chances for Millwall
- The Seagulls are next in action away at Aston Villa on 2nd April
Brighton & Hove Albion made it three draws from three FAWSL Spring Series games, after a goalless draw with Millwall Lionesses at the St Paul’s Sports Ground.
Despite there being no goals, it was a game with no shortage of incidents in a highly-competitive match.
Albion created a chance in the opening minute when Kate Natkiel took advantage of some space on the edge of the box and forced Millwall keeper Sarah Quantrill into a low save.
Lucy Somes then teed up Alessia Russo inside the box just moments later, but the latter’s effort went wide.
Millwall produced two quick-fire chances in an end-to-end game, as Emma Byrne kept out Ella Rutherford’s low strike, before Ashlee Hincks was denied from a free-kick.
Rutherford had another chance to break the deadlock for the Lionesses, while Bonnie Horwood had arguably the hosts’ best opportunity of the game with a looping header that sailed just over the target.
Kirsty Barton showed some good skill on the left flank and cut inside to force Quantrill into a comfortable save, before Natkiel’s strike rattled the woodwork in almost the last kick of the half.
LATEST NEWS FROM SEAGULLS.CO.UK
REPORT: ALBION 3 DERBY 0
- U23 REPORT: ALBION 4 MIDDLESBROUGH 2
- ALBION BOOST DEFENSIVE OPTIONS
- 2017-18 SEASON-TICKET RENEWAL INFORMATION
- KNOCKAERT SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION
Millwall had the first chance after the re-start when Amber Gaylor’s speculative strike from distance was saved by Byrne in the top corner.
Sophie Perry’s cross from the left-hand side almost picked out Somes at the far post, but Quantrill got to the ball first.
Hincks was on set-piece duty for the Lionesses again moments later, and her swerving effort missed Byrne’s far post.
Somes and Natkiel were two of Albion’s liveliest players up front and the two combined inside the Millwall box, with the latter firing wide from close range.
Rutherford attempted to add her name to the blank scoresheet with an acrobatic effort just moments later, but couldn’t divert the shot on target.
Byrne was called into action yet again to keep out Leigh Nicol’s effort, while Natkiel and Somes saw their shots blocked down at the other end.
Hincks was denied twice more, first with a strike that went wide, and again when Byrne saved her shot from inside the box.
The game continued to move at a frenetic pace, as Kirsty Barton ended some slick build-up play with by shooting wide from the edge of the box.
Amy Taylor came on to replace Somes with 11 minutes left and almost had an immediate impact after being picked out by Natkiel, but her shot was deflected behind.
The Seagulls made a promising end to the match with a spell of pressure on the Millwall defence as further chances fell to Barton, Charlotte Young and Natkiel.
Taylor arguably had Brighton’s best chance of the game in the 89th minute, when she fired over from point-blank range from Russo’s cross, as the game ended goalless.
ALBION: Byrne; Ritchie, Ashton-Jones, Young, Perry; Russo, Barton, Rafferty, Somes (Taylor 79); Natkiel (Olding 90), Thomas (Dorey 75).
SUB NOT USED: Wilson (GK)