Manchester United women celebrate a goal.

Millwall Lionesses 0 United Women 5

There was no let up by Manchester United Women at Millwall Lionesses, as the champions of the FA Women’s Championship won 5-0 in south-east London.

The penultimate match of the season brought a debut for Emily Ramsey in goal, though the 18-year-old was barely troubled by the hosts. At the other end of the pitch, Amy Turner, captain for the day, and Martha Harris netted their first goals for the club.
 
United soon got into the stride, Katie Zelem opening the scoring from the penalty spot after seven minutes. Leah Galton took on Lia Cataldo in the box, the latter lunging in and fouling our number 11. Zelem buried the spot kick to take her FAWC goal tally into double figures for the season.
Katie Zelem scores a penalty.
Zelem puts the Reds 1-0 up in the early stages at Princes Park.
It was 2-0 six minutes later when Turner nodded in from a typically precise Zelem corner, to get the United coaching staff and substitiutes on their feet in celebration. Her defensive partner Millie has already scored twice this season, including the opener against Aston Villa in the recent win that secured promotion.
 
Soon after, Lizzie Arnot’s clever work on the right created the opening for the third goal with 23 minutes played. The Scot waltzed past the home defence, pulling the ball back for former Millwall attacker Charlie Devlin to score against her old club.
 
Zelem was a constant threat in a comfortable first half, dictating play, stinging the palms of Lionesses goalkeeper Rhiannon Stewart and firing just over on a couple of occasions.
When referee Lauren Hott pointed to the spot after a foul on Harris in the area, again by Cataldo, Zelem handed the ball to our no.2. Harris stepped up and calmly slotted past Stewart, despite some mind games by the Millwall goalkeeper.
 
The second half followed the same pattern as the first in all but goals, with relentless United pressure and possession. Millie Turner had two opportunities within a minute of each other, heading over and then into the hands of Stewart, before a fierce shot from Zelem was blocked.
Martha Harris takes a penalty.
Harris nets her first United goal, from the penalty spot.

Jess Sigsworth and Mollie Green replaced Devlin and Toone respectively with half an hour to go, and Sigsworth netted her 16th league goal of the season from a corner.
 
All in all, it was a routine afternoon for the champions in London, ahead of the final match of the season and trophy presentation at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday 11 May.

Jess Sigsworth points one finger in the air in celebration.
Jess Sigsworth added United's fifth goal in the second period.

MATCH DETAILS
 
United Women: Ramsey; Harris, A. Turner (c), M. Turner, Smith; Zelem, Galton, Toone (Green 62), James, Arnot (Hanson 76); Devlin (Sigsworth 62).
 
Subs not used: Chamberlain, Palmer.
 
Scorers: Zelem 7 (pen), A. Turner 13, Devlin 23, Harris 29 (pen), Sigsworth 78.

Millwall Ladies: Stewart, Mackie, Casley, Priest, Ravenscroft (Young 7), Cataldo (Cowan 69), Clarke, Giddings (c), Fitzgerald, Rossiter (Bailey 90), Neville.
 
Subs not used: Bailes, Peart, Stovold.

Booked: Giddings 50.

NEXT MATCH

United's final game of the season is on Saturday 11 May as Lewes Women pay a visit to Leigh Sports Village (kick-off 17:30 BST). Match tickets will be on sale at www.manutd.com/womenstickets.

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