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Ladies beat Arsenal in pre-season friendly

Posted on 4 August 2016  - 11:00

Spurs Ladies' encouraging pre-season continued with a 4-3 win against Arsenal's development side on Thursday.

Spurs Ladies - back row, from left: Maya Vio, Lucia Leon, Jade Dempster, Ronnell Humes, Josie Green, Katie O'Leary, Leanne Mabey, Eartha Pond, Bianca Baptiste. Middle row, from left: Shakira Waithe, Leah Rawle, Wendy Martin, Toni-Anne Wayne, Megen Lynch, Alex Keown, Renee Hector, Kelley Blanchflower. Front row, from left: Riana Soobadoo, Sophie McLean, Aaron Tilbrook (GK coach), Karen Hills (manager), Jenna Schillaci, Juan Amoros (coach), Sarah Budd (physio), Nikita Whinnett, Shannon MoloneyLadies celebrate Bianca Baptiste's goalJenna SchillaciToni-Anne WayneSophie McLeanLucia Leon and Nikita WhinnettMaya VioNikita WhinnettRiana SoobadooMegen Lynch

It was a pre-season thriller at Cheshunt FC as Spurs trailed twice before taking the lead in the second half only to see the Gunners level with a minute left - and then Eartha Pond to fire the winner in added time!

Bianca Baptiste converted from Riana Soobadoo's pass for 1-1 (21 minutes) and Katie O'Leary made it 2-2 just before the break after good work from Jenna Schillaci and Lucia Leon.

Below: Kelley Blanchflower celebrates after making it 3-2


Kelley Blanchflower followed up after her effort struck the post for 3-2 (63), Arsenal levelled on 89 minutes but Pond's free-kick nestled home in added time for 4-3.

"It was the ideal game in pre-season and the physical side of it was perfect for us," reported manager Karen Hills. "The tempo was good - Arsenal are always a test physically and we matched them from start to finish.

"This was always going to be the biggest test for us in pre-season and we've come through with plenty of positives. There is still plenty of work to do in terms of tactics and strategy, but that will come. The priority for the time being is fitness and game time and things are looking good so far."

WSL side Watford are next up for Spurs Ladies in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.

Below: New signing Nikita Whinnett wins this aerial duel


So far, so good

Spurs Ladies have won three out of three pre-season friendlies this summer.

Goals from Katie O'Leary, Ariana Fleischman, Cheryl Williams and Renee Hector saw them home 4-0 against Enfield while Ariana, Andra Marcoci, Alex Keown, Kelley Blanchflower and Bianca Baptiste registered in a 5-1 win against Middlesbrough.