London Bees drew 0-0 with Millwall Lionesses in the their first fixture at The Hive

London Bees and Millwall Lionesses in stalemate

London Bees and Millwall Lionesses in stalemate

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London Bees played out a goalless draw against Millwall Lionesses in their inaugural fixture at The Hive in the FA Women’s Super League Continental Cup on Thursday of last week.

The two sides had met just four days earlier when they drew 2-2 in the Women’s Super League.

Millwall Lionesses began brightly and only a good block on the line from Emma Davies denied Kimberley Stenning an opener.

Shirvae Edwards almost capped her debut with a goal for the Lionesses, lobbing into the palms of Bees goalkeeper Cherie Rowlands after seizing onto a poor clearance from the keeper.

Bees captain Dawn Mallett tried her luck moments later, shooting straight at Millwall’s Francesca Gibbs from 20 yards.

In the 11th minute Cherelle Albert cut back for Dionne Lennon, who curled over from inside the six-yard box.

The Bees’ best opportunity fell the way of Sydney Hinchcliffe, who nipped in behind the Millwall defence before testing Gibbs with a low effort which was tipped around the post.

As the half drew to a close, Paige Wakefield and Stenning came close for either side.

Leete Rutherford almost broke the deadlock six minutes after the break, but saw her 35-yard effort pushed over by Rowlands.

An offside flag denied the Lionesses a winner as time began to run out, Edwards finishing when two on one only to see an offside flag raised.

Shauni Griffiths came close in response, improvising impressively to flick an effort onto the crossbar and into the palms of Rowlands.

Former Bee Lily Agg came close to scoring her second goal of the season against her former employers when she tested Rowlands with a volley.

Mallett then curled a free-kick against the crossbar, but neither side could find a way past the opposing keeper in the end.

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