London City Lionesses defeated Lewes 1-0 to climb to third place in the Women’s Championship. They are now level on points with second place Bristol City, who coincidentally are their next opponents.
In a tensely fought game at Princes Park in Dartford, the Lionesses hung on for the win after scoring an early goal.
Player of the Match Jamie-Lee Napier won the ball in midfield and drove through the centre of the park. She found Karin Muya in space who crossed the ball into the box for the unfortunate Rebecca McKenna to put the ball in her own net.
Lewes launch a fight back
The early goal did not affect Lewes as they launched a fierce fight back to get back in the game. Striker Freda Ayisi was absolutely everywhere with several flying tackles to win the ball in the final third.
However, Lionesses goalkeeper Shae Yanez had an outstanding game, making a number of saves to keep a clean sheet. In particular, she was alert to keep out the powering header from Ellie Mason just before half-time.
In the second half, Yanez was athletic enough to keep out a Lewes penalty, However, the Rooks continued to pile on the pressure and hit the post twice in the remaining minutes.
Overall, London City deserved the win, which sets them up nicely to challenge for the runner-up spot in the Championship.Embed from Getty Images
Thoughts of Jamie-Lee Napier
After the game, Napier told Her Football Hub: “It was a good resilient performance from the girls. We’ve worked hard over the coming weeks and I’m just glad we can grind out the three points and a clean sheet as well.
“I’ve been trying to add more to my game and driving and being positive. I slipped the ball out to Karin [Muya] and she’s great, she’s so positive driving down the wing. She put in a good ball and we were lucky but it was a good ball so I’m glad we got the goal.”
Thoughts of Josie Longhurst
Lewes midfielder Josie Longhurst expressed her disappointment after the Rooks narrowly missed out on a positive result.
“It’s disappointing we ended up with the loss. They scored early on and we were chasing the game. It’s frustrating to not bring the game back as we were all over them after that.
“Towards the end we had lots of chances but its just putting them away. We just need to be focused in those moments and get those runs in and try and connect with the ball. We out played them at times and with our one and two touch passing around them we deserved to score.”