Metropolis’s first house FA Ladies’s Tremendous League sport of 2021/22 led to defeat, as Tottenham Hotspur produced a spirited second half comeback to grab victory on the Academy Stadium.
A controversial 86th-minute winner, which appeared to strike Rosella Ayane’s hand earlier than bouncing off the put up and in off Karima Benameur Taieb, clinched a dramatic win for the guests, after Rachel Williams had cancelled out Lauren Hemp‘s sixth-minute opener.
The loss marked Metropolis’s second in successive video games, following the midweek Champions League exit by the hands of Actual Madrid.
Determined to answer Wednesday night time’s setback on the earliest alternative, Metropolis got here flying out of the blocks, opening the scoring inside six minutes as Hemp powered house Alex Greenwood’s pinpoint nook for her first of the season – and third in 4 video games in opposition to Spurs.
Metropolis’s elation was short-lived – the sport halted when Morgan and Neville collided. Each gamers required therapy throughout a prolonged stoppage however Morgan was compelled off – a tragic sight to see for the lifelong Metropolis fan, who had been named in England’s 25-strong listing for subsequent week’s 2023 World Cup qualifiers.
As the house facet regained composure, we pressed for a second. Hemp drilled agonisingly large and Georgia Stanway struck the foot of the put up, whereas Ellen White compelled Becky Spencer to tip over the bar, as substitute and debutant Angeldahl appeared to make an instantaneous affect with an incredible supply.
Metropolis continued to dominate – Hemp, Greenwood and Angeldahl linking up nicely down the left flank; Janine Beckie inflicting havoc down the best.
White and Beckie then smashed over the bar, whereas Kennedy virtually marked her full debut with a purpose however watched her header tipped brilliantly large by Spencer, earlier than Stanway rocketed an effort off-target within the final main motion of a stop-start opening 45.
Chasing an equaliser, Spurs rallied after the break, as Taieb was referred to as into motion for the primary time, thwarting Ria Percival’s low, near-post try.
The guests levelled simply after the hour-mark, as substitute Chioma Ubogagu crossed for Williams to transform first-time.
Jessica Naz then spurned the possibility to show the sport on its head, skewing large of the goal when performed by way of one-on-one.
Heeding the warning, Metropolis responded and pressed for a late winner on the different finish. Taylor threw on energetic teenager Jess Park and Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, because the hosts carved wave after wave of assault however couldn’t break down a cussed Spurs defence.
Stanway went closest however drove straight at Spencer, whereas Angeldahl additionally blazed over.
Whereas there appeared to be just one winner, ought to a purpose arrive, it could be Spurs who would strike the hammerblow as Angela Addison’s cross struck Ayane after which Metropolis skipper Steph Houghton earlier than bobbling off the put up, hitting Taieb and rolling over the road.
Regardless of a late flurry of stress, the house facet couldn’t pressure an equaliser and Tottenham took house the factors.
How we lined up…
Taylor made 4 modifications to the facet that fell to defeat in opposition to Actual Madrid in midweek. Kennedy made her first begin for the Membership in opposition to her former facet, changing Demi Stokes, whereas Stanway, Hemp and White had been additionally restored to the beginning XI.
Taieb was named in purpose, shielded by a backline of Greenwood, Kennedy, Houghton and Morgan, whereas Laura Coombs protected the again 4 within the defensive midfield function.
Stanway and Vicky Losada had been employed in central midfield, flanked by Hemp and Beckie, with White main the road upfront.
Having needed to await worldwide clearance for her first minutes, our newest signing Angeldahl was named on the bench. Hayley Raso (shoulder) and Caroline Weir (knee) had been compelled to withdraw with late knocks.
CITY XI | Taieb, Greenwood, Kennedy (Shaw 73′), Houghton (C), Morgan (Angeldahl 14′), Coombs, Stanway, Losada, Hemp, Beckie (Park 62′), White.
SUBS | Keating, Stokes, Mace, Scott.
SPURS XI | Spencer, Zadorsky (C) (Harrop 90′), Inexperienced (Ubogagu 46′), Bartrip, Naz (Addison 81′), Williams (Ayane 80′), Percival, Ale, Simon (Graham 61′), Clemaron, Neville.
SUBS | Korpela, Morgan, Cho, Tang.
- Previous to Sunday’s conflict, Metropolis had received all three Barclays FA Ladies’s Tremendous League clashes in opposition to Spurs and had constructed a run of 33 unbeaten house video games – our final house defeat within the competitors got here in opposition to Studying in April 2018
- We had been additionally unbeaten in our final six first house video games of a WSL marketing campaign, alternating between a win and a draw (W3 D3).
- Tottenham Hotspur have received their final three league matches, having been winless within the earlier 10 video games.
The squad head off on worldwide break for one week and can return for our subsequent FA Ladies’s Tremendous League conflict: a crunch journey to Arsenal on Sunday 26 September.
The highest-of-the-table encounter will happen at 18:45 (UK time) at Meadow Park and will likely be broadcast reside on Sky Sports activities.
The following house sport sees FA Cup holders Metropolis proceed our defence of the trophy with a quarter-final go to of Leicester Metropolis on Wednesday 29 September (19:00), because the 2020/21 competitors resumes.
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