Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC retained possession of the Women’s Premier League Cup after a thrilling match against rivals Charlton Athletic Women’s FC on Sunday afternoon at the Lamex Stadium in Stevenage. Spurs and Charlton battled to a 0-0 draw that went to penalties, with Spurs eventually triumphing 4-3.
This match wasn’t televised or broadcast in any capacity, but from the tweets from @thlfcofficial, it was a near thing with Spurs going close on a number of occasions, but Charlton also having chances to score. Charlton keeper Alex Baker by all reports had an excellent match, making a number of key stops to keep Spurs out in regular and extra time.
The match went to penalties after 120 minutes of scoreless action. Spurs keeper Tori-Anne Wayne made two penalty saves, and Spurs got strikes from Renee Hector, Sophie McCleann, Eartha Pond, and Katie O’Leary to clinch the cup title victory. Afterwards, jubilant club captain Jenna Schillaci lifted the trophy for Spurs.
This is the third piece of silverware Spurs have lifted this season out of four possible: Tottenham won the Women’s Premier League Southern Division title outright a few weeks ago, and also won the Boux Avenue Women’s Cup, also against Charlton, in April.
This match, however, snaps an improbable three game losing streak for Spurs Ladies. Spurs dropped consecutive league games to Charlton and Cardiff, with a Capital Women’s Cup final loss, also to Charlton, coming in between.
Spurs have one additional dead rubber league game left next Sunday against West Ham, but all eyes are looking towards Sunday, May 28. Spurs Ladies will play Blackburn Rovers Ladies, the winners of the WPL Northern Division, in a one-match playoff for promotion to the Women’s Super League 2nd division. The match will take place, ironically, at Charlton Athletic’s home ground, The Valley. Spurs have faced Blackburn one other time this season: a 2-1 Women’s FA Cup third round win in early February.