NEW SIGNING Charlie Devlin said her winning goal was “a great way to start” as Millwall Lionesses claimed their first win in the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series by defeating Everton 2-1 at home. The Lionesses took the lead in the 21st minute when Ella Rutherford won possession 25 yards out before sending a superb shot in off the post.
Everton drew level through Claudia Walker’s spot-kick after Jordan Butler had fouled Emily Hollinshead. Danielle Turner then forced a good save from Sarah Quantrill early in the second half, before the Millwall goalkeeper tipped Gabby George’s header wide following a good cross from Turner. Millwall took the lead against the run of play when Leanne Cowan sent in an excellent low cross that Devlin, who joined on loan from Arsenal last week, fired into the top corner.
Everton pressed for another equaliser, but Quantrill ensured her side collected their first victory in the league this season with an excellent save to deny Turner in the 88th minute. “It was a great way to start, the girls have been good and we had a game plan that we stuck to,” Devlin said. “Everyone has done what they were told to do and all the girls were brilliant out there. “It was nice to cap it with a goal as well. I just try my best, really, and hope for the best and it was a great ball in by Leanne.
“Everything was on it and I just had to get a toe on it or something and luckily it went into the top corner. “Everton were quality. We know they’re a good side and it was a real challenge today that the girls put 110 per cent into, so it was a good win for us. “I’ll just keep going and keep working hard and hopefully there’s more to come from me.”