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Schillaci on the ‘worst five minutes’ she experienced on a football pitch

Wed 23 November 2022, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Jenna Schillaci admits the final five minutes of our 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in May, 2019, were the ‘worst’ she was involved in during her illustrious playing career.

A legend of our Women’s First Team having first joined us at the age of 16 before going onto spend 12 years in total in lilywhite, including captaining the side during our extraordinary journey to the top of the Women’s game, Jenna is one of the stars of SPURSPLAY’s latest documentary offering that tells the story of the incredible rise of our Women’s team.

In the production, Broxbourne and Beyond, the former defender speaks about the highs and lows of her remarkable journey with the Club, including a tense final five minutes of play in the penultimate game of the 2018/19 season as we ultimately clinched an historic promotion to the WSL.

Taking on Villa at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground in Sutton Coldfield on matchday 19 of 20, we needed to take just a point from the game to secure a promotion spot but, having been pegged back in the match with Amy West cancelling out Jess Naz’s early opener, we faced a nervy end to the clash, most pointedly an agonising last few minutes as the Villans threw everything at us.

“This (game), we all felt the nerves,” Jenna reflected on that historic fixture. “We had a big crowd that had travelled. We could hear them chanting (throughout).

“I remember the last five minutes of that match were the worst five minutes (of football) I’ve ever been involved in. It was awful. They put so much pressure on us. They threw everything at us. We were literally defending for our lives.”

You can watch Broxbourne and Beyond exclusively on SPURSPLAY now.

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