GREATER LONDON LADIES LEAGUE CUP
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1-2 Barnet Copthall
A combination of magnificent goalkeeping and failure to take chances saw Spurs Ladies bow out of the GLL League Cup on Sunday.
Spurs got off to the perfect start when La Toyah Johnson slotted home a pass from Chloe Theocharis in the first minute. Over the next 20 minutes or so Spurs had the chances to be four up when Johnson, Theocharis and Freeman all had good chances to increase the lead.
But two goals in the three minutes before half-time proved to be their undoing.
The first came from a penalty after a foul by Siw Wiggen, Tina Hills diving the right way but the penalty proved too powerful. The second was from a breakaway with Hills unable to stop the ball arrowing into the bottom corner.
The second half saw almost relentless pressure from the home side but they were unable to find a way past the Copthall defence and keeper.
Kerry Daniells had a free kick saved, Samantha Farnum shot from the edge of the area and Chloe Theocharis shot just past the post after a good run from Chrissie Oshodi but whatever Spurs threw at the keeper she was able to deal with.
Jackie Fearon nearly upstaged her goal from the previous week when she hooked the ball over her head with her back to goal on the edge of the area. The keeper just managed to scramble the ball out from under the bar and away - typical of the day.
Spurs Ladies: Hills, Herrett, Sparrow, Djoshkoun, Wiggen, Farnum, Blackmore, Fearon, Johnson, Theocharis, Freeman Subs Oshodi, Curtis and Daniells.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1-2 Wang Soccer College, Norway
Claire Bloomfield made a memorable first team debut as a mixed side lost out in what has become an annual friendly against Wang SC.
She got her chance between the sticks after regular number one Tina Hills went in goal for the visitors, who travelled without a goalkeeper.
Bloomfield made four saves in the opening 15 minutes, including a superb double stop and Spurs cashed in at the other end when Kelly Herrett (pictured) drove a free-kick past Hills into the top corner for 1-0.
Wang levelled after 32 minutes with a rebound from a shot that had struck the post and 10 minutes later the Norwegians led 2-1 with via a rocket shot into the roof of the net.
Bloomfield was back in the thick of the action in the second half with two more early saves.
At the other end, Spurs' forwards did their best to force Hills into action but Wang's defence held firm.
Spokeswoman Kay Lovelock reflected; "Despite the result it was a good battling performance against a very strong and physical Norwegian side. The Spurs squad was made up from some first team regulars and a fair smattering of reserves.
"A special mention should go to Tiffany Ellis and Ruth Yonatan who stepped up from the Under 15 side and performed well."
Spurs Ladies squad: Bloomfield, Tsou, Wiggen, Djoshkoun, Herrett, Farnum, Cordes, Fearon, Blackmore, Oshodi, Daniells, McGhee, Yonatan, Ellis.
THE RESERVES, fielding just 10 players, fought hard against West Ham at Aveley FC on Sunday. All players gave everything but the numerical advantage finally told. Goalkeeper Claire Bloomfield was in fine form again alongside Kim McGhee.
Spurs Ladies Reserves: Bloomfield, Tsou, McEachern, Dow, Cox, McGhee, Gardiner, S. Jones, Heaven, Southgate.
BONNIE Cullinan grabbed a hat-trick at the Under-12s beat Rickmansworth 6-1 in the Herts Girls League. The other Spurs goals came from Laura Parker (2) and Lillie Chapman.
THE UNDER-14s faced a strong Watford side in semi-final of the London Youth Cup and went down 9-1. Sarah Green bagged the Spurs goal.
THE UNDER-15s marched into the final of the London Youth Cup with a 10-4 victory against Kent Magpies. Spurs dominated the first 30 minutes of the match taking an impressive 4-1 lead. Sloppy defending allowed Kent Magpies back into the game pulling back two goals prior to the break but the second half saw a more disciplined approach and another six goals. Meroulla Lazarou led the way with four goals, Ruth Yonatan and Lucy Auguste added two each, Hazel Shepherd one and an own goal made the double-figures.
THE first team are back in GLLL Premier Division action against London Women at Brimsdown Rovers FC on Sunday (2pm). The reserves take on Southend in the GLLL Reserve Division at Frederick Knight (2pm), the U12s (12.30pm) and U15s (2pm) both play QPR at Frederick Knight in the Herts Girls League while the U14s travel to Ham & High at Tufnell Park (2pm), also in the HGL.