Umotong: Nigeria striker breaks Lewes duck with brace against London City Lionesses



The 24-year-old scored twice to open her goal account in Israel as her side cruised past their visitors in the league encounter

Ini Umotong broke her FA Women’s Championship duck with a brace as Lewes bowed 3-2 to London City Lionesses on Sunday.

The Nigerian striker joined the Rockettes in January 2021, after mutually breaking ties with Swedish Damallsvenskan side Vaxjo despite having 12 months left on her 18-month contract.

The 26-year-old had played two games for her new club without success in front of goal. Against their visitors from London, however, she broke her duck for Simon Parker’s team with her twin efforts.

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Having returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win at Coventry United, Lewes welcomed the struggling side to The Dripping Pan.

The eventful first-half got off to a bright start for the hosts when Lucy Ashworth-Clifford’s effort was rebuffed but Umotong blasted in a rebound to break the deadlock after just 11 minutes.

 

UMOTONGGGGGGG!!

❤️🖤 1-0 💙🦁#COYR pic.twitter.com/bfqK8JPpXh

— Lewes FC Women (@LewesFCWomen) February 14, 2021

Some 12 minutes later, the visitors pushed for an equaliser and found a breakthrough through Atlanta Primus to level the score before Kallie Balfour handed them a lead in the 27th minute.

After the break, Lese continued to pile up pressure on the London City defence until they were gifted a penalty and Umotong converted from the spot with her brace of the encounter in the 80th minute.

 

82’ UMOTONGGGGGG

❤️🖤 2-2 💙🦁#COYR pic.twitter.com/l3Up3Jjoao

— Lewes FC Women (@LewesFCWomen) February 14, 2021

However, London City left it late to claim a win when a corner kick fell in the path of Ellie Mason and she made no mistake, firing home to secure the victory.

Nigeria’s Umotong lasted the duration for Lewes and has now scored twice in three games this season.

This result saw Lewes remain in the sixth position on the table with 18 points from 13 matches and they will hope to bounce back to winning ways against Charlton Athletic on March 7.





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