Lynch hails midfield trio as Spurs Ladies complete league double over Swindon Town

PUBLISHED: 14:50 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 29 November 2016

Tottenham goalkeeper Megen Lynch stops the ball from flying into the top corner of her net against Swindon Town on Sunday. Picture: James Booth/

Tottenham goalkeeper Megen Lynch stops the ball from flying into the top corner of her net against Swindon Town on Sunday. Picture: James Booth/

James Booth

Goalkeeper Megen Lynch hailed Spurs Ladies’ midfield trio for their “perfect combination” of defensive and creative work after the Lilywhites completed a league double over Swindon Town.

Karen Hills’ side triumphed 4-1 against Swindon in their opening game of the season and they scored four times again in Sunday’s encounter, while keeping a clean sheet.

Tottenham have now won their last 10 successive games in all competitions, while they remain unbeaten in the Women’s Premier League Southern Division.

It leaves them top of the table with a game in hand over second-placed Charlton Athletic, and Lynch – who has secured shut-outs in her last two games – was full of praise for the midfielders’ work in the latest success against Swindon.

“It was a good performance - gritty, hard-fought,” she said. “We were so strong in the middle. For such small girls they are some dynamite players that can just hold someone off, which is just unbelievable.

“If you have a midfield trio that can press the ball and play then you have a perfect combination, and we have that.

“They drive the team on, they win their battles in the middle and, in a gritty game like this, they win us the game. Personally, for me, those three were fantastic – Sophie [Mclean], Maya [Vio] and Ri (Riana Soobadoo).

“Our quality in passing showed through at the end. We want to attack, we want to score goals – we just want the best. We play at a fast pace, we play quick football and we expect the best from each other.

“We’ve got a squad of easily 22 – you could have fielded another 11 out there that are first-team players. Toni [Anne Wayne] and Josie [Green] weren’t available and Renee [Hector] didn’t start this time but did brilliantly when she came on.

“The players that came in stepped up and did brilliantly – we still kept a clean sheet, scored four goals and we improved on our performance from earlier in the season against Swindon.

“We literally battle for each other, and at the end of the day we have our end target.”

The result could have been different on Sunday. Lynch made a vital second-half stop when the game was goalless before making an arguably even better save from point-blank range at 4-0 to ensure she kept another clean sheet.

“The one at 0-0 was literally just pure reaction, finger tips, and it went round the post,” she said. “Even I looked round thinking ‘please go past the post’ and everyone just said ‘it was fantastic’. But they do their job, I do mine.

“It was the same with the one in the corner. I couldn’t see, I had players in front of me. I just assumed she was going to go that way as that’s the way strikers tend to go and I dived and luckily got a hand to it.

“The one thing that will kill you as a top-flight goalkeeper is ‘can you stay concentrated when you haven’t got the ball coming your way?’.

“In the first half we kept them in their own half and I didn’t really touch the ball. In the second half I had to react, and I’m just glad I could play my part for the team.

“Nothing changes, the mentality is just to keep another clean sheet, work as hard as I can and keep training hard with [our goalkeeping coaches] Luke [Sheldrick] and Aaron [Tillbrook], because they’re fantastic.

“Some of the saves I pulled off was down to them, especially the first one when it was goalless. I’m just going to keep that clean sheet in mind and keep on improving every time I train, every time I step out there and perform.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Sports News


As I was putting together a round-up of how the Arsenal men, and teens, got on during the international break it suddenly struck me. Apart from a few minutes of England v Lithuania snatched during Mothers Day – to keep tabs on The Ox more than anything – I hadn’t actually watched any games.

Former under-18 manager keen to know what the long-term plan is at Brisbane Road, so he can start chucking more youth back into the starting XI

Yesterday, 15:37

Two boxers from the Lion ABC are through to the final of London Boxing Elite Championship after fighting their way through the opening rounds.

Yesterday, 14:00

33-year-old auctioned his goal-scoring boots and O’s fan Stuart Minchin won with a bid £300

Yesterday, 10:00

O’s manager calls for change at Brisbane Road and wants to create a culture of hard work in E10 if given the chance

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hackney Rugby Club have won the London North West Three title – despite having their home game with Staines bring ruled as a walkover.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

33-year-old reflects on loss at Crawley Town and talks about his plans for Brisbane Road club

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sky Bet League Two: Crawley Town X Leyton Orient X

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport


Show Job Lists