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Perfect 10 for Spurs Ladies!

Posted on 5 September 2016  - 13:45

Spurs Ladies began the defence of the FA Women's Premier League Cup in spectacular style on Sunday.

Spurs Ladies line-up against West Ham, back row, from left - Eartha Pond, Renee Hector, Megen Lynch, Wendy Martin, Lucia Leon. Front row, from left - Riana Soobadoo, Nikita Whinnett, Josie Green, Bianca Baptiste, Jenna Schillaci (c), Maya Vio - photograph by Wu's PhotographyLucia Leon opens the scoring - photograph by Wu's PhotographyMegen Lynch on her full competitive debut - photograph by Wu's PhotographyEartha Pond celebrates the second - photograph by Wu's Photography Wendy Martin challenges - photograph by Wu's PhotographyMaya Vio takes on former team-mate Amy Cooper - photograph by Wu's PhotographyRenee Hector heads home for 7-0 - photograph by Wu's PhotographyRenee celebrates - photograph by Wu's Photography Shannon Moloney scraps for possession - photograph by Wu's PhotographyHead Coach Juan Amoros - photograph by Wu's PhotographyLucia Leon - photograph by Wu's Photography Jenna Schillaci hits the tenth - photograph by Wu's PhotographyJenna celebrates with Maya Vio, Shannon Moloney, Riana Soobadoo and Renee HectorKelley Blanchflower - photograph by Wu's Photography

They sent out a resounding message to any team looking to prise away the trophy by hitting double-figures against West Ham in their first round tie at Thurrock FC.

The victory included eight different goalscorers with only Nikita Whinnett and Kelley Blanchflower netting twice.

One of those goalscorers was skipper Jenna Schillaci, who said: "Every player gave their all, we scored 10 goals, took our chances and kept a clean sheet. This is our cup to defend and we've sent a statement out."

Head Coach Juan Amoros added: "It's never the easiest to travel to West Ham in the first round of the League Cup but we were excellent and dominated from start to finish. We showed we're up for trying to retain this cup."

FA Women's Premier League Cup, first round

Report from Khalid Karimullah at Ship Lane, Thurrock FC
Photographs - with thanks to Wu's Photography

This was as close to a perfect performance as Spurs Ladies could have hoped for. Hitting the Hammers for six before the break, the Lilywhites went onto complete a 10-0 rout at Ship Lane.

Five minutes in, Lucia Leon powered up the right flank, broke through on goal and placed her attempt inside the near-post for 1-0. Three minutes later, Spurs found a second. Wendy Martin was impeded inside the area and Eartha Pond smashed the penalty into the roof of the net.

It was 3-0 after 10 minutes. Riana Soobadoo found Bianca Baptiste, whose first-time attempt found its way in past Beth Griffiths.

Soobadoo’s deep pass over the hosts’ backline gave Nikita Whinnett a chance to stroke the ball home from inside the area for 4-0 after 23 minutes. Martin was then sandwiched inside the area and just managed to squeeze her 35th-minute penalty over the line.

West Ham goalkeeper Beth Griffiths denied Leon meeting Pond’s delivery, but could do nothing when Whinnett’s header went in for 6-0, 10 minutes before the break. Whinnett came close to her hat-trick before the break, but couldn’t keep her shot down on the turn.

Below: Josie Green on the ball against West Ham - photo: Wu's Photography


Into the second half and Baptiste’s cross hit the crossbar before Spurs were in seventh heaven on 54 minutes as Renee Hector powered her header from Baptiste’s corner inside the near-post. Two minutes later, Baptiste’s shot deflected to Kelley Blanchflower, who smashed in for eight.

Soobadoo’s initial attempt rolled towards Blanchflower who added the ninth 19 minutes from time. The perfect 10 was completed just a minute later through skipper Schillaci, as she finished well at the back-post after being found by Soobadoo.

West Ham looked for a consolation through Molly Peters, but Megen Lynch’s superb concentration saw her keep out a palm-stinging strike.

Spurs Ladies: Megen Lynch, Lucia Leon, Jenna Schillaci, Renee Hector, Eartha Pond, Josie Green (Shannon Moloney, 46), Maya Vio, Riana Soobadoo, Wendy Martin (Kelley Blanchflower, 46), Bianca Baptiste (Leah Rawle, 60), Nikita Whinnett.