Spurs Ladies manage what men failed to do and win at Palace in FA Cup
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Women’s FA Cup fourth round: Crystal Palace Ladies 0 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 3
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies progressed into the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup following a commanding 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace Ladies, matching their best run in the tournament to date.
Goals from Jessica Naz, Ashleigh Neville and Coral-Jade Haines confirmed the Lilywhites’ place in the next stage of the competition, with their opponents set to be revealed during the this evening’s draw.
Spurs made the trip to Hayes Lane to take on Palace for the fourth time in this campaign and Sunday’s victory in the FA Cup is the third time they have defeated their London rivals this season.
Karen Hills made several changes to her side who have been in fine form after three straight wins in January, and new signing Emma Beckett made her first start after arriving last month.
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In addition, Lucia Leon and Anne Meiwald came into defence, Josie Green and Anna Filbey slotted into midfield, while Bianca Baptiste started in attack.
Spurs looked lively going forward and Eagles’ goalkeeper Lucy Gillett was called into action on several occasions in the first half.
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Key chances from Neville, Baptiste and Rianna Dean should have put Spurs out of sight within the opening 30 minutes, but their efforts weren’t enough to break the deadlock at Hayes Lane.
Despite dominating play, the Lilywhites were made to wait until the 40th minute to get their opening goal.
The breakthrough came when Naz pounced on Dean’s blocked strike to convert from close range, and give her side a warranted lead heading into the break.
Neville increased Spurs’ advantage in stoppage time of the first half and it was a superb solo goal.
The left-back carried the ball from the half-way line, before bursting into the box to slot past Gillett – a stellar goal from the defender who looked majestic all game long.
Haines came off the bench and scored Tottenham’s third within ten minutes of the restart.
The midfielder had only been on the field for six minutes before she fired home an indirect free kick, layed off by Leon in the penalty box, which was awarded after Gillett handled Freya Holdaway’s back pass.
Dean had a late chance to make it four, but her header at the far post from Baptiste’s cross was saved well by Gillett, and the match finished 3-0 as Spurs eagerly await to find out who they’ll face next in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Crystal Palace Ladies: Lucy Gillett, Freya Holdaway, Hope Nash (Pam McRoberts 51), Meghan Mckeag, Hannah Mackenzie, Leesa Haydock (Megan Chandler 82), Ciara Watling, Aneka Nuttall, Kallie Balfour (Chloe Burr 37), Ashlee Hincks, Nikita Whinnett.
Unused substitutes: Shanell Salgado, Jordan Butler, Jade Davenport.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: Chloe Morgan, Lucia Leon, Anne Meiwald, Josie Green, Bianca Baptiste, Rianna Dean, Jenna Schillaci, Anna Filbey (Coral-Jade Haines 49), Emma Beckett, Jessica Naz (Angela Addison 62), Ashleigh Neville (Megan Wynne 73).
Unused substitutes: Emma Gibbon, Reneé Hector, Sophie Mclean, Sarah Wiltshire.