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Report: Lee and Williams win it for Albion

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Hope Powell's side end Tottenham's 100% WSL record with 2-1 victory.

By Bruce Talbot • 10 October 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Albion players celebrate after Geummin Lee's opener against Spurs

Geummin Lee and Victoria Williams scored their second goals of the season as Albion returned to winning ways in the Barclays Women’s Super League with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at the People's Pension Stadium. 

The South Korea international produced a composed first-half finish before Williams scored from a late corner to double the advantage. Tottenham, who had Rachel Williams sent off, pulled one back through Kit Graham but Albion dug in to claim a deserved three points and end Tottenham’s 100% start to the season.

Inessa Kaagman and player of the match Danielle Carter both hit the woodwork and Albion created several other chances and kept the door shut at the back until a late lapse in concentration. 

Before kick-off the players linked arms in the centre circle as a show of solidarity with their fellow players in the American National Women’s Soccer League, who are demanding their voice is heard and say that they will not be silenced.

By Kyle Hemsley
Ellie Brazil is surrounded by Tottenham defenders

Tottenham arrived with one of only two 100% records in the WSL and for the first 25 minutes they were full of confidence and aggressive.

Albion struggled to get a hold of the ball and were pushed back, although Meg Walsh was only called upon once to push away a well-struck 25-yarder by Ashleigh Neville.

Gradually the home side began to get some control and create chances. They should have opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Spurs’ keeper Rebecca Spencer pushed Lee’s shot only as far as Aileen Whelan but she didn’t get enough power on her shot and Spencer saved.

A minute later Albion put together another good move which ended with Inessa Kaagman’s chip from inside the D beating Spencer but clipped the bar.

By Kyle Hemsley
Danielle Carter breaks forward with the Spurs' defence in retreat

But Albion were now on top and went in front in the 37th minute when Kaagman’s shot was blocked to Lee 12 yards out and her powerful low drive went in at the near post.

The home side should have doubled their lead but Spencer denied both Lee and Danielle Carter. At the other end Kit Graham lashed a 25-yarder just wide.

Player of the match Carter was proving a real menace for Spurs with her pace and movement and just past the hour she was denied by the woodwork when her shot from 20 yards fizzed past Spencer but came back off the bar. Three minutes later she tested the keeper again with a low effort from the angle of the six-yard box.

Spurs still threatened with Walsh saving from Chioma Ubogagu and Angela Addison but their task was made harder with 15 minutes to go when Williams picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Fliss Gibbons and the visitors were down to ten players.

By Kyle Hemsley
Aileen Whelan runs at the Spurs' defence

Maisie Symonds came off the bench and nearly scored with her first touch and Carter blasted wide after breaking into the box before Albion doubled their lead five minutes from time. Symonds' corner fell to Williams six yards out and although her first shot was blocked she poked in the rebound for her second goal of the season.

Job done. Well, not quite. Within two minutes Graham had made it 2-1 as Albion momentarily lost concentration and were punished.

There were five minutes of stoppage time to negotiate and Kayleigh Green joined fellow sub Megan Connolly in the book for a foul but Albion saw out the closing minutes to make it three wins from five going into a four-week break before their next WSL fixture at Everton on 7 November. 

Albion: Walsh, Koivisto, Williams, Le Tissier, Gibbons, Brazil, Simpkins (Connolly 55), Whelan, Lee (Symonds 73), Kaagman Green 81), Carter. Subs: Stenson, Kerkdijk, Connolly, Bance, Green, Babajide, Robinson, Symonds, Angel.

Referee: Kirsty Dowle