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WOMEN REPORT: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 ALBION 2 (10-9 PENS)

26 August 2018

Geoff Penn
Ini Umotong in action against Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Albion lose 10-9 on penalties.
  • Lucy Gillett misses the decisive spot-kick
  • Rianna Dean and Megan Wynne give Spurs a 2-0 lead.
  • Aileen Whelan and Ini Umotong get on the scoresheet for Albion

 

Brighton & Hove Albion lost their second FA WSL Continental Tyres League Cup match with a dramatic 10-9 penalty shootout defeat to Tottenham Hotspur today.

Albion did well to wipe out Tottenham's 2-0 lead and bring the score back to 2-2, courtesy of goals from Victoria Williams and Ini Umotong, but the hosts claimed the extra point in a dramatic shootout defeat.

The poor weather conditions matched Albion's start to the game, as the hosts pressurised the defence in the early minutes.

Within two minutes, Spurs managed to breach Albion's defence but after a scramble in the six-yard box, Sophie Harris managed to collect the ball.

Spurs then forced the first save from Harris, as she easily caught a Rianna Dean shot.

However, Dean didn’t have to wait long to find her way to goal as, after seven minutes, she was able to capitalise after Harris managed to parry an Angela Addison shot away from goal.

Albion were still struggling to find their spark and the damp conditions weren’t helping their style of play, as the ball continually got caught up on the pitch.

Hope Powell’s side had to wait until the 18th minute to hit their first shot on goal, as Jodie Brett shot wide after good play by Ini Umotong.

Albion were then unlucky as good play on the left from Fliss Gibbons saw chances fall to Jodie Brett and Sophie Perry, but they couldn’t convert their respective efforts.

A second goal for Spurs was then presented to them after Harris's misplaced clearance fell to winger Megan Wynne, who looped her shot into the top right corner of the net.

After the team came back out after half-time, Powell’s words of encouragement looked to have lifted the team.

Albion managed to keep a corner alive and Laura Rafferty's low cross fizzed all the way across the penalty area, where an unmarked Williams was on hand to convert a powerful shot to the goalkeeper’s left.

The introduction of second-half substitute Aileen Whelan had a positive effect on the team’s play, and the forward had several attempts on the Spurs goal, with a close-range header ruled out for offside in the final ten minutes.

Albion continued to press their Women’s Championship opponents and in added time got their reward, as Umotong deftly headed home from Sophie Perry's in-swinging cross from the left.

As the match was tied, the rules meant that the contest would go to penalties. After a thrilling shootout where each keeper took a kick, it was Albion’s Lucy Gillett that missed and Spurs keeper Emma Gibbon netted the decisive penalty.

This meant Albion lost 10-9 in penalites and missed out on the extra point that comes with it.

Powell’s side will now look to prepare for the next match, as Albion kick-off their first FA Women’s Super League season against Bristol City on Sunday 9th September at the Broadfield Stadium.

ALBION: Harris (Gillett 58); Rafferty, Williams, Perry, Gibbons; Legg (Green 78), Buet, Barton; Natkiel (A. Whelan 58), Brett, Umotong.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Roe, F.Whelan, Nilden, Simpkins.

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