Momentous day for Spurs Ladies
09 May 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs Ladies completed the biggest achievement in their history in thrilling style on Sunday.
They lifted the FA Women's Premier League Cup after Maya Vio headed home the winner in the final seconds of extra time against Cardiff City at Kidderminster.
It was the fairytale finish to a dream season for the team.
Spurs finished sixth in the FA Women's Premier League South - just one below last season's best-ever fifth - reached the fourth round of the FA Cup and won two of three cup finals - including their best yet in Sunday's FAWPL Cup. Known as the 'national cup', the FAWPL Cup brings together the Northern and Southern Divisions of the FAWPL.
CARDIFF CITY 1-2 SPURS LADIES (aet)
FA Women's Premier League Cup Final
Report from Khalid Karimullah at Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster Harriers FC
All photographs courtesy of Clive Jones (www.clivejonespr.com)
Maya Vio's dramatic late winner completed a cup double for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies as they added the prestigious FA Women’s Premier League Cup to the Ryman Cup.
Karen Hills’ side started the brightest with a front three of Wendy Martin, Bianca Baptiste and Katie O’Leary forcing Cardiff into some early defensive mistakes.
In the 12th minute, that pressure almost paid off when Martin played Baptiste away for a one-on-one chance but Alesha McGlynn made a vital stop.
Cardiff responded and Toni-Anne Wayne did well to tip Laura Williams' cross away from danger. Kelly Isaac then picked out Kelly Bartlett, whose dipping attempt went wide of Wayne’s right-hand post.
Spurs took the lead on the half-hour. Martin picked out Leah Rawle's run from deep, she spotted McGlynn tearing out and lobbed over the goalkeeper for Baptiste to tap home.
Wayne was in inspired form moments later tipping the ball over from Williams’ floated free-kick. Spurs would have doubled their lead but for Hannah Mills recovering to clear Baptiste’s lobbed effort off the line.
Despite keeping defensively strong, it was 1-1 going in at the break. Isaac found Souminen whose dipping attempt from just outside the area found the back of the net.
The second half saw Williams’ shot saved from close-range by Wayne, Josie Green recovered superbly to close down Alys Hinchcliffe and Wayne needed again to stop Hinchcliffe’s attempt from six yards.
With 90 minutes not enough to decide a winner, extra-time was needed – which had everyone on the edge of their seats.
Martin had the ball in the net from Baptiste’s delivery but was ruled out for offside, before Cardiff were forced down to 10 players after McGlynn had to be taken off with an injury in the 105th minute.
Mills stepped in goal, and saved Avilla Bergin’s close range effort after the Northern Ireland International beat two challenges inside the area.
It all looked set for a second cup final to go to penalties, but this time, there was a grandstand finish.
Substitute Ronnell Humes lofted a ball into the box from the left and the small frame of Vio rose highest to head home, capping off a tremendous season.
Spurs Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Alex Keown, Jenna Schillaci (c), Leah Rawle (Rosie Kmita 76), Josie Green, Maya Vio, Riana Soobadoo, Katie O'Leary (Avilla Bergin 72), Bianca Baptiste (Ronnell Humes 99), Sophie McLean, Wendy Martin. Substitutes (not used): Shannon Moloney, Kelley Blanchflower.