For the second year in a row, Tottenham Hotspur hosted their end of the North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but they were unable to get any points from the encounter as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.
The Gunners came into the game chasing the top three with their sights set on UEFA Women’s Champions League football next season while Spurs were looking to end their run of games without a win.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Rehanne Skinner brought in Josie Green and Gemma Davison for Ria Percival and Angela Addison whilst Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro made one change, bringing in Jordan Nobbs.
Despite early dominance from Arsenal, they weren’t able to create many chances. Any opportunities which did come their way were either directed straight at Becky Spencer in the Spurs goal or sent wide of target. They did manage to break the deadlock after 25 minutes thanks to a pass from Caitlin Foord to Noelle Maritz which took out Spurs defender Siri Worm. Maritz played the ball back to Foord who had advanced into the centre of the box and she slotted home.
Spencer made a string of good saves to deny Nobbs before Vivianne Miedema scored with an impressive volley after 34 minutes. The second goal galvanised Spurs who went on the attack for the remainder of the first half, but were unable to really threaten the Arsenal goal and the teams went in at half-time with the away side leading 2-0.
The second half continued in the vein of the first with Tottenham Hotspur defending resolutely but unable to find much in the way of an attacking threat. It was a Spurs mistake that led to the third goal for Arsenal as Abbie McManus played a pass to Esther Morgan which fell short and Katie McCabe was able to steal the ball and slot home at the far post.
The last 20 minutes of the game saw Spurs push forward as both teams tired with Kit Graham and Rachel Williams both going close. In stoppage time, Spurs won a free-kick in Worm territory but the defender was visibly drained and her shot went wide.
The game finished 3-0 to Arsenal who again close the gap on Manchester United ahead of their trip to Bristol City next weekend. Spurs face another tough game on Easter Sunday as they host Manchester City back at The Hive.