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Ladies finish in style - now chase double

Posted on 12 April 2011  - 12:00

Title-winning Spurs Ladies completed their league season in style - now their eyes are firmly fixed on a double.

Ladies finish in style - now chase double

Title-winning Spurs Ladies completed their league season in style - now their eyes are firmly fixed on a double.

The ladies beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday to make it 18 wins and just three defeats from their 22 matches in the South-East Combination.

They will win the title by a minumum of nine points as they now prepare for promotion to the Women's Premier League South.

But the season is far from over.

They next take on Luton Town at Broxbourne Borough FC on Sunday week, April 24 in the semi-finals of the League Cup. Cambridge Women await the winners in the final.

"It's already been the best season in the club's history and we still have plenty to play for," said manager Karen Hills. "Hopefully a few Spurs fans will be able to come down and see the girls in action in the semi-final."

Crystal Palace 0-2 Spurs

Spurs Ladies finally broke down a determined Palace side to complete a memorable season on a winning note.

The champions dominated the first half but space was at a premium and chances few and far between as the home side defended impressively.

Spurs picked up where they left off in the second half with Emma Kayser and Nicola Cable able to gradually find more of strikers Kelly Townsend and Kirsten Thompson.

But the arrival off the bench of Derrie O'Halloran made all the difference. Playing on the right, she made an instant impact, released by Emma Kayser, she beat the last defender before driving home the opening goal.

Another substitute, Robin Downie (pictured above), also played her part as the ladies wrapped up the points. Kirsten Thompson picked our her run and through on goal, she squared for Derrie O'Halloran to slot home her second goal.

Karen said: "We knew Palace would be tough to break down because they are fighting for relegation. Their plan was to try and frustrate us and then hit us on the counter-attack.

"But we stayed focused, kept the ball and eventually ground them down."

Spurs Ladies: Bethany Ives, Robin Mcvoey, Ebony Heath, Sam Pittuck, Rhya Vyse, Nicola Cable, Emma Kayser, Jenna Schillaci, Rosi Webb, Kirsten Thompson, Kelly Townsend. Subs: Derrie O'Halloran, Robin Downie, Christina Oshodi.