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All systems go for Spurs Ladies

Posted on 11 August 2015  - 07:30

Sunday's final pre-season friendly and North London derby against Arsenal ticked all the boxes for Spurs Ladies.

Spurs Ladies, back row, from left - Sarah Budd (physio), Aaron Tilbrook (gk coach), Hannah Jaadia, Alex Keown, Katie O'Leary, Wendy Martin, Toni-Ann Wayne, Jenny Moore, Leah Rawle, Lucia Leon, Avilla Bergin, Juan Amoros (coach), Karen Hills (manager). Front row, from left - Amy Cooper, Mia Vio, Ri Soobadoo, Jenna Schillaci, Bianca Baptiste, Shannon Maloney, Mollie Kmita, Rosie Kmita, Sophie McLean.Katie O'Leary congratulated by Mollie and Rose Kmita and Shannon MaloneyAvilla BerginLeah RawleJenny MooreKatie O'LearyBianca BaptisteLeah RawleRosie KmitaKatie O'LearyWendy Martin

The match represented the team's first at their new home of Cheshunt FC and last before the start of the 2015-16 FA Women's Premier League campaign.

And it didn't disappoint, as Spurs came from 2-1 down to grab an equaliser they deserved to stretch their pre-season record to played six, won five and drawn one since returning to training.

It means the ladies go into Sunday's FAWPL South opener against QPR back at Cheshunt FC (Theobalds Lane, 2pm KO) full of confidence.

"This was our toughest test in pre-season without question and we played really well," reported manager Karen Hills.

"We controlled the first half and created a lot of chances. Rosie Kmita hit the crossbar, Jenna Schillaci had a shot cleared off the line and we deserved the lead. It was a great finish as well from Katie O'Leary, who watched the ball come over her shoulder and managed to lift it on the half-volley over the Arsenal goalkeeper.

"We made a few changes at half-time because we wanted everyone to be involved, Arsenal came back into it and got in front with goals on 55 and 65 minutes.

"To our credit, we got back on the ball and back into the game. Avilla Bergin had a one-on-saved and then we equalised when Lucia Leon got in at the far post, her shot was blocked by the goalkeeper but Jenny Moore was there to finish.

"It was a great day all-round. It was a tough game but ideal before the start of the season, we made it five win and a draw in pre-season and it was our first match at Cheshunt in front of a great crowd. Hopefully everyone will be back to support us on Sunday!"

Ticket prices for Spurs Ladies' games at Cheshunt FC are £3 for Non-Member Adults, £1 for Under-16s and it's free for Under-5s. One Hotspur Members can watch Spurs Ladies free throughout next season!