15 March 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
After successfully completing one long journey, Spurs Ladies could complete another and reach their third cup final of the season this weekend.
The team made the five-hour trip to Plymouth in the FA Women’s Premier League South on Sunday.
Departing at 7am, it’s often the case the teams suffer in the early stages of these games but not Spurs, who raced into a 3-0 lead before coming home with a 4-2 victory.
It was just what the doctor ordered after last Tuesday night’s loss against West Ham at Upton Park and with another huge cup game now on the horizon – the semi-final of the League Cup against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
"It was a really important win after a tough week," said manager Karen Hills. "We've had three tough games in a week including this long round trip to Plymouth, so to end with such a good performance was ideal.
"Now it's all about preparation for the semi-final against Forest on Sunday."
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE LADIES 2-4 SPURS
FA Women’s Premier League South
Report from Khalid Karimullah at Elburton, Plymouth
After Tuesday's disappointing derby defeat to West Ham Ladies at the Boleyn Ground, Spurs Ladies ensured they bounced back brilliantly with a dominant performance in a 4-2 win at Plymouth Argyle.
Despite the early morning travel, Karen Hills' side came out flying. With just two minutes on the clock, Wendy Martin held up possession well prior to playing a pass through to Kelley Blanchflower, who calmly found the bottom corner past Michaela Phillips for her debut goal.
After 12 minutes, Spurs found themselves doubling their lead. Shannon Moloney broke away down the right flank before her near perfect delivery fell to Martin and she made no mistake.
The first chance for the hosts fell to Ezme Wells, though she could only watch as her effort flew over the bar. Spurs’ rearguard remained strong with Jenna Schillaci and Alex Keown denying Plymouth's front line, giving the North London outfit the momentum to add a third after 25 minutes. Lucia Leon did well to get past Phoebe Baker, prior to finding Martin inside the box who grabbed her second of the afternoon with a neat finish.
Blanchflower then placed an effort inches wide and just before half-time, Martin caused more trouble for Argyle after freeing herself down the right and her thunderous effort had Phillips beaten – but not the post.
Straight after half-time it was end-to-end. First Toni-Anne Wayne did superbly to deny Wells' one-on-one chance, before at the other end, Riana Soobadoo found Blanchflower with a cutting pass and she was denied from close range by Phillips. Pushing for a fourth, Soobadoo found Rosie Kmita inside the area who arrowed her strike against the post. Soon after, Argyle found their way back into the game with a clinical finish from Amber Pollock inside the area.
Nevertheless, the deficit was restored a minute later. Straight from kick-off, Soobadoo's pass was deflected into the path of the returning Bianca Baptiste, who finished superbly after 65 minutes. Pollock then grabbed her second of the game after breaking in on goal, and despite Wayne keeping out her initial effort, the shot-stopper could do nothing to deny her second attempt.
With the final whistle about to be blown, Sophie McLean made a goal saving block from Rebecca Atkins to keep the score, and points, securely in Spurs' favour.
Spurs Ladies: Toni-Anne Wayne, Sophie McLean, Alex Keown, Jenna Schillaci (c, Maya Vio 61), Rosie Kmita, Shannon Moloney, Lucia Leon, Riana Soobadoo, Ronnell Humes (Bianca Baptiste 62), Wendy Martin, Kelley Blanchflower. Substitute (not used): Mollie Kmita.
Player Of The Match: Wendy Martin.