FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies let lead slip in hard-fought draw with Millwall Lionesses

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies forward Wendy Martin heads in the opening goal of the game against Millwall

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies forward Wendy Martin heads in the opening goal of the game against Millwall Lionesses (pic: wusphotography.com). - Credit: Archant

FA Women’s Super League 2: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1 Millwall Lionesses 1

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies had to settle for a share of the spoils with Millwall Lionesses after they pegged back Karen Hills’ side in a frantic 1-1 FA Women’s Super League 2 draw at Cheshunt Football Ground.

Lucia Leon played Bianca Baptiste through who lobbed Sarah Quantrill, but the goal was ruled out for offside after two minutes.

Leon then fired home Jenna Schillaci’s corner to the back-post, however the ball was deemed to touch her arm before she found the top corner and the game remained goalless two minutes on.

Leon collected possession and sent Baptiste away down the inside right, whose strike swerved with clout into the arms of Quantrill on six minutes.

A glorious chance fell to Sarah Wiltshire after eight minutes, who headed Ashleigh’s Neville’s right-sided cross towards goal from a yard out, which Quantrill somehow miraculously denied.

Leon drifted from left to centre and played Baptiste away down the right, who drilled a 20-yard strike into the arms of Quantrill eight minutes on.

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Either side of the half hour mark, Baptiste’s cross came within inches of meeting Leon’s header at the back-post, but Billie Brooks’ vital touch cleared the opportunity.

Before at the other end, Leanne Cowan’s deep cross looking for Charlie Devlin needed a stooping header from Jenna Schillaci to clear the looming danger.

On 36 minutes, Coral-Jade Haines stole possession and slipped in Wiltshire on the inside left whose initial shot was saved, but the offside flag denied Spurs again as she fired in the rebound.

Nine minutes into the restart, Bonnie Horwood burst away on goal but was met by Wayne’s ferocious tackle inside the box.

Devlin broke away just past the hour mark, although she fired wide under pressure from Renee Hector and Neville.

The Lilywhites found the breakthrough on 72 minutes. Baptiste’s corner to the back-post was met by Wendy Martin, who rose to power her header back across goal and into the top corner.

The Lionesses drew level four minutes later. Leigh Nicol’s ball over the top dropped to Brooks who headed in from close.

Schillaci’s powerful free-kick from wide right was tipped away by Quantrill on 83 minutes.

Four minutes on, Rianna Dean hooked Megan Wynne’s cross towards goal, which Wayne acrobatically got down low to keep out.

Deep in stoppage-time, Martin headed Wayne’s kick over the top towards Katie O’Leary inside the box, whose placement at goal was cleared off the line by Megan Alexander.

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: 1. Toni-Anne Wayne, 19. Ryah Vyse, 6. Renee Hector, 11. Jenna Schillaci, 29. Ashleigh Neville, 5. Sophie Mclean, 23. Coral-Jade Haines, 2. Lucia Leon (14. Katie O’Leary 70), 10. Wendy Martin, 8. Bianca Baptiste, 7. Sarah Wiltshire (24. Ronnell Humes 64). Substitutes (not used): 21. Chloe Morgan, 12. Hannah Mackenzie, 26. Sophie Tudor.

Millwall Lionesses: 1. Sarah Quantrill, 5. Billie Brooks, 6. Leighanne Robe, 32.Leanne Cowan (3. Megan Alexander 79), 12. Megan Wynne, 4. Leigh Nicol, 14. Georgie Giddings, 8. Ashlee Hincks (15. Ellie Mason 68), 7. Bonnie Horwood, 11. Amber Gaylor (9. Rianna Dean 65), 10. Charlie Devlin. Substitutes (not used): 13. Simone Eligon, 18. Freya Bailes, 22. Viki Wotton, 2. Jordan Butler.