FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies left to rue missed chances at Doncaster Rovers Belles
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FA Women’s Super League 2: Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 0
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies’ story of missed opportunities at the Keepmoat Stadium saw proceedings end with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Doncaster Rovers Belles in the FA Women’s Super League 2.
Bianca Baptiste’s trickery forced Sophie Bradley-Auckland to head inches wide of her own post inside three minutes.
Five minutes on, Sophie Walton recycled to Rebecca Rayner who fired wide of the right post from 18-yards.
With 12 minutes played, Coral-Jade Haines sent Baptiste down the right, whose cross for Wendy Martin was punched clear by Bethan Davies.
Jess Sigsworth’s inside right strike went across the face of goal a minute later. Samantha Tierney set Kirsty Hanson for a chip, which Chloe Morgan caught on 17 minutes.
Sophie Mclean played Baptiste to the inside left, who cut inside but Rachel Newborough blocked her strike on 24 minutes. Three minutes on, Mclean recycled to Sarah Wiltshire who volleyed over from 20-yards. Walton’s free-kick from the right evaded a packed six-yard box and went wide on 33 minutes.
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A minute later, the table-toppers took the lead. Rayner found Hanson’s run inside the box, who fired into the far corner. Walton’s carbon-copy free-kick met Leandra Little who headed over on 39 minutes.
Three minutes before the break, Jenna Schillaci’s intelligent right-sided free-kick came within inches of meeting Ashleigh Neville on the stretch.
Five minutes into the restart, Haines sent Baptiste away whose cross from the right for Martin was hooked clear by Little.
With 53 minutes gone, Donny Belles doubled their advantage. Walton’s low placed delivery from the corner arrived to Rayner outside the box, who guided her shot home. Rayner teed up Sigsworth for a one-on-one, but Renee Hector smothered with a vital touch 13 minutes on.
Tierney found Emily Simpkins inside off the right, whose dipper evaded the far post on 72 minutes. Sigsworth weaved her way into the box, but Hector cleared. Simpkins’ resulting corner was headed inches over by Rhiannon Roberts on 79 minutes.
It was 3-0 with 82 minutes gone. Sigsworth let fly from 20-yards which rocketed into the top left.
87 minutes saw Neville’s lung-bursting run find Martin, whose first-time shot was blocked by Tierney. A minute later, Baptiste’s curler from the left came within inches of dropping over Davies.
Reaching 90 minutes, Sigsworth played across to Mayumi Pacheco 12-yards out, whose strike was blocked by Hector’s dashing cover.
Deep in stoppage-time, Davies denied Josie Green’s hit towards the bottom right.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: 13. Bethan Davies, 2. Mayumi Pachecho, 3. Samantha Tierney,4. Leandra Little, 5. Rhiannon Roberts, 7. Kirsty Hanson, 8. Sophie Walton (17. Emily Simpkins 58), 11. Jess Sigsworth, 12. Rebecca Rayner, 15. Rachel Newborough (18. Sophie Barker 81), 20. Sophie Bradley-Auckland. Substitutes (not used): 9. Monique Watson, 14. Olivia Cook.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: 1. Chloe Morgan, 29. Ashleigh Neville, 6. Renee Hector,11. Jenna Schillaci, 19. Ryah Vyse, 4. Josie Green, 23. Coral-Jade Haines, 5. Sophie Mclean (34. Rea Laudat 56), 10. Wendy Martin, 8. Bianca Baptiste, 7. Sarah Wiltshire (12. Hannah Mackenzie 74). Substitutes (not used): 1. Chloe Crook, 14. Katie O’Leary.