Brentford Women’s FC bowed out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup at the Preliminary Qualifying stage following a spirited 2-1 defeat to New London Lionesses on Sunday. Karleigh Osborne’s side matched their higher-division opponents for much of the game but were unable to fight back after conceding two avoidable first-half goals.
On a miserable afternoon at Bedfont Sports, The Bees new home for the season, it was the Lionesses who broke the deadlock midway through the first-half; strong suspicions of a foul throw in the build-up were waved away as Kendal Drake’s long-range strike eluded Emily Boycott and found the far corner. It was 2-0 shortly after as the Brentford defence failed to deal with a corner and the ball was turned home at close range by Lea Pope
The two teams were Greater London Women’s Football League Division One rivals last season, before the south London side’s promotion, and after the break Osborne’s charges began to show why there is belief The Bees could join The Lionesses in a higher division in the near future.
Sophie Troth's long-range effort halved the arrears with 20 minutes to play and set up a grandstand finale. The Bees created a host of chances in the dying stages but couldn’t make that domination count. Lisa Grant and Jodie Reid both went close to a leveller and when Jenn Amols saw a close range goalbound effort deflected behind those in red and white knew it wasn’t going to be their day.
Both Brentford teams are in action on Sunday with the First-Team kicking off their league campaign away to Leyton Orient Ladies Development while the Development Team, fresh from promotion in May, open their Division Two North campaign at home to Tower Hamlets WFC.