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Keeper Gibbon scores winner as Spurs Ladies win cup shootout over Brighton

Spurs Ladies manager Karen Hills
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Tottenham Hotspur Ladies earned a win in the Continental (FA WSL) Cup the hard way today against Brighton & Hove Albion. Deadlocked at 2-2 after 90 minutes, the match went on to 10 rounds of penalty kicks. Perhaps improbably, Ladies keeper Emma Gibbon stepped up in round 11 and slotted home past the Brighton keeper to give Spurs the win.

Proud Lilywhites caught the winning moment on camera and posted it to Twitter.

Spurs Ladies got goals from Rianna Dean in the 7th minute and Megan Wynne in the 35th minute, but conceded the equalizer in extra time in the 2nd half, sending the match straight to penalties (with no extra time). It’s the second time in two matches that Spurs Ladies have gone to penalties in the Continental Cup; they dropped a penalty shoot-out to Crystal Palace last week.

Gibbon is a new face at Spurs Ladies, brought in to compete with Chloe Morgan for the starting role after the retirement of long-time keeper Tori-Ann Wayne at the end of last season.

This cup is an odd one in that it is played similarly to the Champions League — clubs are drawn into groups with the top two from each group proceeding to single elimination knock-outs.

The win puts Spurs in third place in their group with three points after two matches — they are currently behind Chelsea (six points) and Crystal Palace (five points). Their next cup match is September 16th against fifth place Yeovil Town.