Tottenham Ladies end year with defeat to Super League side Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' goalkeeper Emma Gibbon claims a cross (pic: Wu's Photography).

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' goalkeeper Emma Gibbon claims a cross (pic: Wu's Photography). - Credit: Archant

FA Women’s Continental Cup Group C: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 0 Chelsea Women 5

Spurs Ladies concluded their FA Women’s Continental Cup campaign with a 5-0 loss at home to Chelsea Women on Wednesday night.

A tough encounter was expected against the Super League outfit and the Blues put Karen Hills’ team to the sword with a professional display.

It took Chelsea just 10 minutes to take the lead at Cheshunt FC’s Theobalds Lane when Deanna Cooper found the net.

Tottenham Hotspur failed to deal with a corner into the area and Cooper bundled home on a cold, chilly evening.

A second goal for Chelsea, who are third in the Super League, arrived in the 18th minute when Ali Riley curled into the top corner with aplomb.

Spurs managed to avoid conceding again in the first half, but the third goal for the away side arrived less than 60 seconds after the restart.

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Karen Carney applied the finish touches to an excellent team move to make it 3-0 to the visitors and leave Tottenham facing a real uphill battle in the second period.

On the hour mark Chelsea extended their advantage once more despite the best efforts of Emma Gibbon in the Spurs goal.

Bethany England saw her first effort brilliantly saved by the Tottenham custodian, but she headed home the rebound to add to the Blues tally.

England added a second with 72 on the clock, with another fantastic finish, as Chelsea continued to look for more goals.

It remained 5-0 for the final 22 minutes, though, and so the visitors ended the Group C campaign with five wins from five, which saw them end up in first spot.

Spurs finished a respectable third, just missing out on a place in the quarter-finals behind Brighton & Hove Albion Women, with six points from five matches and could be proud of their efforts on a particularly difficult night.

While it was a disappointing way to end 2018, the past 12 months have produced a huge amount of success for Tottenham and Hills.

They will look to enjoy the extended period off now and return fresh and raring to go on January 6 for an FA Women’s Championship away clash at Sheffield United Women.