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Linnett and Babajide strike as LFC Women reach FA Cup quarter-final



Linnett and Babajide strike as LFC Women reach FA Cup quarter-final

Kirsty Linnett and Rinsola Babajide were on the mark as Liverpool FC Women reached the quarter-final of the SSE Women’s FA Cup after a 2-0 win over Millwall Lionesses on Sunday.

Vicky Jepson’s side played some excellent football in the fifth round tie at Prenton Park as popular defender Satara Murray played her final game in a red shirt.

Millwall Lionesses might be one division below the Reds in WSL 2, but they came with a plan and frustrated the Reds in a goalless first-half.

Jepson’s team had most of the possession but try as they might they couldn’t find an opening.

Linnett and Niamh Fahey both saw efforts disallowed for tight offside calls, and visiting goalkeeper Chloe Sansom made some fine saves to deny Babajide and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

The breakthrough arrived on 57 minutes. A pass from Jemma Purfield found Linnett inside the penalty area, and the striker turned sweetly before finding the net with a powerful drive that flew beyond the reach of Sansom.

Babajide then curled an effort inches wide before she made no mistake with a brilliant second goal on 67 minutes.

A lovely reverse pass from Linnett found Babajide in space down the right, and after cutting inside the England U20 winger drilled an unstoppable effort into the net.

Babajide caused Millwall Lionesses problems all game and she nearly scored again with a brilliant curled effort that came back off the post.

Murray was given a standing ovation by the Liverpool FC Women supporters at the end when she left the field on a perfect send-off, with a win and a clean sheet.

Liverpool FC Women: Kitching, S. Murray, Purfield, Roberts (Rodgers, 78), Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Babajide, Coombs, Sweetman-Kirk (Thomas, 80), C. Murray, Linnett (Hodson, 68).

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