Beaten finalists in this competition last term, the Ladies stormed to victory in this first round clash with Maya Vio leading the way with a hat-trick.
Ronnell Humes (2), Bianca Baptiste, Riana Soobadoo, Wendy Martin and Lucia Leon were also on the scoresheet.
Another Cup quest
Spurs Ladies begin their defence of The Women’s Cup Sponsored by Boux – formerly known as the Ryman Women’s Cup – on Tuesday night at Whyteleafe, kick-off 7.45pm.
Carshalton Athletic Ladies 1-9 Spurs Ladies
Capital Women’s Cup
Report by Khalid Karimullah at The War Memorial Sports Ground, Carshalton Athletic.
Photographs – with thanks to Wu’s Photography
Spurs Ladies began their Capital Women’s Cup campaign in thunderous fashion, finding the net on nine separate occasions against Carshalton Athletic – and it could have been even better if not for home goalkeeper Katie Wandsworth.
Riana Soobadoo tested Wandsworth from the edge of the area, connecting with Eartha Pond’s corner early on. Kelley Blanchflower then placed her strike past the upright before the opening goal arrived after just nine minutes. Josie Green broke down the right, crossing for Ronnell Humes, whose header back across goal dropped into the bottom corner of the net.
Pond’s lay-off to Blanchflower saw her force a fingertip save from Wandsworth while Humes’ cross found Soobadoo, whose strike deflected off Jessica Xentsa and popped up to Bianca Baptiste, who had her half-volley from close range kept out by the ever-busy shot stopper.
On 23 minutes, and against the run of play, the hosts were on level terms. Breeze Carmichael latched onto a loose pass before taking the ball around Toni-Anne Wayne, toe-poking inside the near-post. Two minutes later, though, Pond’s low, drilled cross evaded the outstretched leg of Blanchflower, but was guided home by Baptiste for an immediate response.
Humes added a third on 31 minutes, bursting into the box and making no mistake, firing low across Wandsworth. Cindy Colliven’s last-ditch challenge denied Humes her hat-trick after the young forward was found by Lucia Leon, before Soobadoo’s tremendous 25-yard strike after 39 minutes looped over Wandsworth, glancing the post on its way in. Green’s curler flew just past the upright before a fifth arrived prior to break, Maya Vio prodding in after Blanchflower’s strike was tipped into her path.
Olivia Stuart fouled Leon in the box three minutes after the restart and although Humes hit the crossbar, Vio swept up with a delightful technical finish back towards the bottom corner. Humes’ cross then found Vio, who placed her shot into the far corner to complete her treble on 54 minutes. Shannon Moloney and Vio combined to find Wendy Martin, who powered home on the turn from the edge of the area eight minutes later.
The chances kept coming as Renee Hector’s driven free-kick forced a diving save from Wandsworth, Humes played in Vio whose acrobatic attempt was clawed away from the top corner, then Humes found Hector who guided her header inches wide. Spurs pushed for the ninth, which finally arrived nine minutes from time. Rocchane Hall took down Leon in the box and she emphatically finished from the spot. The Lilywhites came close to hitting double figures, but Martin’s curling strike found the crossbar.
Spurs Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Renee Hector, Leanne Mabey, Eartha Pond (Shannon Moloney 56’), Josie Green (Sophie Mclean 56’) Maya Vio, Riana Soobadoo, Bianca Baptiste, Kelly Blanchflower (Wendy Martin 56’), Ronnell Humes.