Top of the league! Tottenham Hotspur Women have now started their WSL campaign with nine points from nine after dispatching Reading at The Hive 1-0. Spurs had numerous chances to score, but it was a late goal from Jessica Naz — her first WSL goal — assisted by substitute Tang Jiali that was the difference in this match.
Tottenham started with an attacking lineup that included a first start for striker Chioma Ubogagu, plus Kit Graham, Rachel Williams, and Jessica Naz. Former Tottenham midfielder Chloe Peplow, who left the club in the summer, started for Reading.
8’ — Rather slow start to the half. Tottenham out with an attacking lineup and are pushing forward but haven’t created any clear cut chances. They haven’t really let Reading have a sniff at goal.
12’ — First shot for Spurs! Some great midfield passing leads to a shot from the top of the box for Kit Graham, forcing a good save from Reading keeper Moloney.
20’ — VERY scary moment there. Molly Bartrip had her pocket picked right in front of goal by Reading’s Rose, who was one-on-one with Spencer. Somehow, Becky managed to smother the ball before Rose could get a shot off. Outstanding keeping, but terrible defensive mistake by Bartrip.
21’ — Moments after, Ashleigh Neville had a pop from long distance. Not far wide, but a good look.
37’ — A crunching tackle from Kit Graham in midfield eventually leads to a blocked Ubogagu shot and a follow-up blast from Graham that’s nowhere near the goal.
40’ — HOW? Spurs have several glorious chances to score off a turnover. Kit Graham has a shot saved, Ubogagu has another shot saved, then Percival has one saved off a line and another deflected away. Incredibly unlucky not to score there.
HALFTIME — All square at the break. Spurs have been the better of the two teams on balance, but both sides have had big chances in the first half.
46’ — Glorious opportunity for Spurs on the counter. Were three on two but Ubogagu’s attempted cross was blocked out on a corner. Moments later, Kit Graham had a long range effort that went just wide of the right post.
50’ — Scary moment from Becky Spencer who was nearly dispossessed with the ball at her feet on the goal line. Managed to scramble it away.
55’ — Numerous chances from Spurs. Percival puts a cross to the far post that Rachel Williams heads wide. About a minute later, Williams receives the ball at the top of the box, takes a touch, turns and fires a rocket just over the bar.
66’ — Chance! Kit Grahm lofts what looks like a cross to the back post, but it’s close enough that it forces a fingertip save from Moloney.
73’ — Yellow card on Spurs’ Asmita Ale, first card for either side.
78’ — Good shot Spurs! Kit Graham has a powerful shot that takes a slight deflection and is saved by Moloney. It just won’t go in the net...
82’ — Past the 80 minute mark and Rehanne Skinner still hasn’t made a substitution.
84’ — Finally, subs! Clemaron makes way for Tang Jiali, while Rosella Ayane comes on for Ubogagu.
86’ — GOAL!! JESSICA NAZ with her first WSL goal! Substitute Tang is able to poke the ball forward into the box, Naz makes a late run and slots it past Moloney!
92’ — Sub for Spurs. Goalscorer Naz makes way for Cho So-hyun.
FULL TIME! Tottenham win their first three matches and go top of the table (at least for now). Final score: 1-0!
- I wasn’t sure that goal was ever going to come. Tons of chances for Spurs today but none were going in... until one did.
- First half was rather pedestrian and even. Not much to say about it, Spurs had most of the ball but weren’t creating too much.
- Second half was much better, lots of opportunities and half chances especially on the counter. Tons of blocked shots, near misses.
- So happy for Naz who got her winner and also her first WSL goal. She’s super young but has the skills to be a top talent.
- Ria Percival also impressed me today, with a number of very good crosses and passes in and around Reading’s box.
- Tottenham are now TOP OF THE TABLE (at least for now) with three huge wins to start their league campaign. Next up: an FA Women’s Cup match at Arsenal on Wednesday, followed by a WSL trip to newly promoted Leicester next weekend.