Rianna Dean netted a 96th-minute winner as Tottenham Hotspur defeated West Ham United 2-1 at The Hive this afternoon.
It had been a month since West Ham United’s last match as a consequence of two consecutive postponements. It was a very scrappy affair with neither team able to get into their rhythm and Spurs were forced to try some speculative shots from distance via the likes of Rosella Ayane and Josie Green.
Ayane very nearly put her side 1-0 up when a smart lay off left debutant Grace Fisk for dead. Ayane was bearing down on goal but her left-footed effort was palmed away by Courtney Brosnan for a corner. However, from that subsequent set piece Spurs did then have their lead.
The ball was played short and eventually worked its way to recent loan signing Emma Mitchell. She opened her body up to play a left-footed cross into the area. The ball missed everyone and bamboozled Brosnan before bouncing into the goal off the far post.
In the second half, Spurs looked most likely to extend their lead. A poorly taken free-kick from Gemma Davison created a lot of chaos in the box before the ball fell to Dean who fired a shot first time at goal but Brosnan tipped it over for a corner.
The home side nearly doubled their lead in the 77th minute when a corner was floated in and was met at the back post by Lucy Quinn who headed the ball back across goal and looked certain to make it 2-0. That was until Kenza Dali was able to clear away the ball on the goal line.
Dali then turned goalscorer shortly after. Some industrious work on the right by substitute Julia Simic opened up the home side’s defence and she was able to calmly lay it off for Dali who picked out the far corner and brought her side level with just minutes remaining.
The Hammers’ joy was short-lived. Angela Addison, on for Ayane, had the ball on the left and whipped in a teasing cross which was met by a determined Dean to head into the top corner from close range to win the match for Tottenham Hotspur in the 96th minute.
It is the third time in as many games that Dean has found the net against West Ham United. Spurs were able to hold on for the three points much to the delight of the jubilant home support.
Next up for Tottenham Hotspur is a tricky away test against a Manchester United side who are desperate to bounce back from their shock defeat to Bristol City while West Ham United have what seems like a slightly easier challenge at home to ninth-placed Brighton & Hove Albion.