Tottenham Hotspur have secured their first win over a ‘top four’ opponent in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in controversial style.
Rehanne Skinner’s side won 2-1 at Manchester City last night thanks to a Karima Benameur Taieb own goal which seemingly included a Spurs hand ball in the process.
Alanna Kennedy made her first start for Manchester City against her old club Spurs as both teams fielded summer signings on a wet evening in Manchester.
It didn’t take long for City to take the lead as Alex Greenwood swung in a corner after only six minutes to find Lauren Hemp unmarked in the area who headed the ball home. It seemed like things might be taking a familar path with Spurs in for a tough night and so it was in the first half with City dominant and Spurs largely stuck in their own half.
At half-time though, the scoreline remained at 1-0 with City wasteful in-front of goal. They should have had two or three more but thanks to some fine saves from Becky Spencer and after a number of shots had gone high or wide, Spurs went in at half-time still in reach of City.
In the second half, Spurs came out more agressively, taking the game into the City half more often and not sitting back in their own half. Despite this, it was hard to see Spurs getting more from the game until the 60th minute when Rachel Williams slotted home after some neat interplay between last week’s goalscorer Kit Graham and debutant Chioma Ubogagu.
Both teams pushed for the winner with Spencer making some more fine saves. In the 86th minute, it was Spurs who got the breakthrough, Graham played a free-kick out wide to substitute Angela Addison who whipped the ball in, it came off the high arm of Rosella Ayane, bounced off Steph Houghton onto the post and back into the net off Taieb the City keeper. The goal was given by the referee and Spurs were up by two goals to one with just four minutes plus seven minutes of stoppage time to play.
City came forward with urgency but Spurs defended resolutely despite an injury to captain Shelina Zadorsky who was forced off late in stoppage time. When the final whistle blew it was frustration for Manchester City who have yet to really find their rhythm this season. It was delight for Spurs who collected their first win over a top four side and recorded a perfect start to the season with six points from two games as we head in to the international break.
After the break, City face a tough game away at Arsenal who have started the season strongly whilst Spurs host Reading who have lost both their opening games.