Tottenham Hotspur stormed to their first FA Women’s Super League away win at the London Stadium against a misfiring West Ham United side on Sunday.
It was not the homecoming West Ham United manager Matt Beard would have wanted as his team played at the club’s official stadium for the first time. In-front of over 24,000 spectators, Beard would have hoped his team would be galvanized and be able to get their season up and running but unfortunately for him, that was not the case.
Tottenham Hotspur on the other hand seemed completely unfazed by the occasion and sent their travelling fans home happy with an assured 2-0 victory over their London rivals.
We have rated the players’ individual performances as listed below:-
West Ham United
Courtney Brosnan 7
Could do nothing to stop either goal and pulled off an excellent save with her feet to keep her team in it early in the second half.
Cecile Redisch Kvamme 7
A constant threat when bombing down the right, Kvamme was able to get in behind a few times and played a pivotal role in West Ham United’s best chances.
Gilly Flaherty 7
An early injury scare nearly forced Flaherty from the field but she was able to shake it off and give a commanding performance at the back winning every aerial duel she was involved in.
Laura Vetterlein 6
Slow to react to Rianna Dean’s charging run for the first goal and got caught out of position a couple of times
Katharina Baunach 6
Struggled to keep up with the pace of the Tottenham Hotspur wingers and was nearly punished by several swift counter attacks when she had ventured forward.
Kate Longhurst 6
A feisty and scrappy performance from Longhurst but was unable to put her stamp on the game and her frustration showed during a couple of altercations with referee Abigail Byrne.
Alisha Lehmann 5
Sloppy in possession and gave the ball away cheaply on far too many occasions. When Lehmann was able to link up with her teammates she created one of West Ham United’s best chances but moments like this one were few and fair between.
Tessel Middag 5
Not the best 45 minutes for the Dutch midfielder relinquishing possession in key areas and was she withdrawn at half-time.
Cho So-hyun 6
Showed brief glimpses of her expertise but lacked the creative cutting edge to break down a stubborn Spurs defence.
Adrianna Leon 7
West Ham United’s biggest threat going forward and looked the most likely to score, it was a slightly strange decision from Matt Beard to bring her off as early as he did.
Martha Thomas 6
Feeding on scraps despite taking up some good positions. When the chances did come to her she fluffed her lines and missed West Ham United’s two best opportunities of the whole game.
Kenza Dali 6
Had a couple of good opportunities but unable to open her account thanks to committed Tottenham Hotspur defending.
Jacynta Galabadaarachchi 5
Showed a real turn of pace to try and drive her team forward quickly but couldn’t make it count once she got up field.
Leanne Kiernan 5
Fresh legs brought on up front to break down the visitors’ defence but unable to create any chances for herself or her teammates.
Becky Spencer 6
Didn’t have too much to do and when the former West Ham United goalkeeper was tested, the efforts were relatively tame so she was able to handle them with relative ease.
Ria Percival 7
The New Zealand international didn’t offer too much going forward and with Ayane staying up field for the counter attack she had little protection from West Ham United’s attacks but she never looked like she really needed it anyway.
Hannah Godfrey 8
A couple of vital blocks to keep her team ahead but also nulified West Ham United’s forward threat through focused and compact positional play.
Anna Filbey 7
Combative and composed but nearly cost her team the lead with a risky pass that was snuffed out by the home side’s high press. That was a minor blip in amongst some good defensive play.
Siri Worm 7
Struggled at times to track Kvamme’s overlapping runs from deep particularly in the second half but she was an integral part of strong, coherent unit at the back.
Chloe Peplow 8
A deep lying playmaker and destroyer rolled into one, Peplow broke up the play excellently and her ability to retain the ball in tight areas meant she could instigate effective counter attacks for her team.
Josie Green 6
An assured but unspectacular performance in the middle of the park which allowed Spurs to maintain possession and work their way up the field quickly.
Rosella Ayane 7
A nuisance all game for the West Ham United defence regardless of which wing she was on and a wonderful cross to assist in the opening goal.
Rachel Furness 6
Typically Tottenham Hotspur’s main creative threat but was outshone by those around her.
Rianna Dean 8
A superb bullet header which left Brosnan helpless and could’ve gone on to score even more. Many expect Dean to really kick on in the FA Women’s Super League after an outstanding season in the FA Women’s Championship and she will hope that this is the first goal of many.
Kit Graham 6
Pushed back a lot particularly in the second half as West Ham United threw bodies forward so was unable to do her best work going forward.
Lucy Quinn 7
Very well taken goal at a crucial time in the game when West Ham United were on top to put the game to bed and guarantee all three points for her team.
Ashleigh Neville 5
Brought on towards the end to sure things up at the back and she battled hard at left-back as West Ham United were really pressing.
Angela Addison N/A
Not on long enough to have any impact other than winding the clock down.
By Ryan Lee Gregory (@ryanleegregory)