FA Women’s Super League 2: Coral-Jade Haines holds her nerve to seal late Tottenham Hotspur Ladies win at Oxford United Women
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FA Women’s Super League 2: Oxford United Women 1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 2
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies’ persistence paid dividends at Court Place Farm as a late, dramatic 2-1 win at Oxford United saw them to a morale-boosting three points in the FA Women’s Super League 2.
Hannah Mackenzie sprayed a delightful pass out to Ryah Vyse, who set Sarah Wiltshire to strike just wide following a positive nine minutes.
Three minutes later at the other end, Hannah Short sent Chloe Chivers down the right, whose cross for Taome Oliver’s late run into the box was vitally cleared by Mackenzie.
Two minutes on, Vyse’s overlap down the left allowed Wiltshire to cut in and hit a dipper which Demi Lambourne stopped.
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Coral-Jade Haines sent Katie O’Leary inside the box whose cross was hit first-time by Wiltshire, forcing Ella Franklin to deflect the shot wide after 20 minutes.
O’Leary, Wiltshire and Bianca Baptiste combined for the latter to strike wide from distance four minutes on, before The Lilywhites took the lead.
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Ashleigh Neville’s tackle on the edge of the box saw Baptiste hit towards the near-post, which Lambourne parried for O’Leary to fire into the roof of the net after 30 minutes.
Mackenzie’s audacious, 30-yard lob was tipped over 12 minutes on. A minute before the break, Wiltshire’s strike deflected towards Baptiste who volleyed past Lambourne, but was deemed offside.
Four minutes into the restart, Neville sent Baptiste away down the right whose cross for O’Leary was smothered by Lambourne.
Vyse’s dangerous whipped in cross for O’Leary at the near-post forced Riva Casley to make a timely clearance, five minutes on.
Baptiste’s corner was punched out to Wiltshire, whose volley dipped inches past the far post on 55 minutes.
Vyse, Haines and O’Leary combined from left to right and picked out Wiltshire, whose controlled strike was blocked by Imogen Lancaster on the hour mark.
Short broke for a one-on-one, but Renee Hector’s recovery saw the forward hit straight at Chloe Morgan a minute later.
The Yellows made it 1-1 after Ella Franklin’s cross from the right arrived to Short, who prodded in at the back post on 71 minutes.
Jenna Schillaci’s corner saw Wendy Martin head inches past the far post, 11 minutes later. Josie Green shimmied inside the area, but her cross for Baptiste was swept up by Lambourne three minutes on.
In the 89th minute, Neville’s burst towards the box saw her taken down for Haines to step up and send Lambourne the wrong way.
Oxford United Women: 1. Demi Lambourne, 5. Riva Casley, 27. Danielle Carlton, 13. Ellis Hillman, 7. Ella Franklin, 20. Sophie Baker, 18. Taome Oliver, 16. Ellie Noble (40. Imogen Lancaster 57), 15. Chloe Chivers (21. Flo Fyfe 88), 34. Hannah Short, 17. Emily Allen. Substitutes (not used): 12. Lucy Thomas, 25. Jess Graham, 3. Corinne Yorston.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: 21. Chloe Morgan, 29. Ashleigh Neville, 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci, 19. Ryah Vyse, 4. Josie Green, 12. Hannah Mackenzie (5. Sophie Mclean 65), 23. Coral-Jade Haines, 7. Sarah Wiltshire (17. Lauren Pickett 76), 14. Katie O’Leary (10. Wendy Martin 73), 8. Bianca Baptiste. Substitutes (not used): 34. Rea Laudat.