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Match Report: London City Lionesses finish the season on a high, beat Lewes 3-2

Updated: May 9

London City Lionesses came from behind to topple Lewes 3-2 on the final day of the Barclays Women’s Championship season. 

Remi Allen made two alterations to the side that lost at Southampton, with Izzy Groves replacing Ruesha Littlejohn in central midfield and Georgia Brougham stepping into the backline in place of Leanne Cowan.

Aimee Claypole opened the scoring for the visitors in the 21st minute, setting the scene for what quickly became a Princes Park classic.

Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah started London City’s resurgence three minutes later, cutting inside from the left flank and arcing a shot into the top corner.

Danielle Carter combined with Lucy Fitzgerald to fire the Pride ahead on the stroke of half-time, with the London-born forward slotting home from close range following a cutback from Fitzgerald.

Emma Mukandi added the icing to the cake in the second-half, inverting from the left flank before driving a low shot into the bottom corner.

Hollie Olding halved the deficit moments later – but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback from the away side, with London City controlling the remaining minutes.

“We knew that Lewes would come with a reaction following their relegation and we managed that really well,” said head coach Remi Allen.

“My message to the players was that it’d be really nice to finish the season on a high by winning this game and that I really wanted us to take twelve points out of the eighteen available in the final weeks of the season.

“That’s what we did and I think it’s an unbelievable achievement from this group.” 

London City finished the season eighth in the standings, bouncing back from a difficult start to the campaign with four wins in six games under the management of Allen.

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