Addison strike inspires comeback victory for Spurs Ladies at Palace
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FA Women’s Championship: Crystal Palace Ladies 1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 2
Angela Addison grabbed the winning goal as Spurs Ladies pegged back Crystal Palace Ladies to win 2-1 at Hayes Lane and maintain their 100 per cent record in the FA Women’s Championship this season.
Kallie Balfour had given the hosts the lead after she converted an early penalty kick, but soon after Rianna Dean scored her third goal of the season to cancel out the home side’s advantage, and young Addison secured the three points in the second half.
Victory in the London Derby meant Tottenham Hotpur Ladies moved up to second place in the table after their third straight league success and they are now the only team in the league yet to drop points this season.
Karen Hills’ team sit just one point off top spot - with a game in hand after last Sunday’s scheduled league fixture against Sheffield United Women was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
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The Tottenham manager made three changes to the team which beat Leicester City Women in their previous game as Chloe Morgan reclaimed her place in goal, Lucia Leon replaced Sophie McLean, and Addison came in for Jessica Naz.
Naz had joined the England squad for their UEFA Women’s U19 Championship qualifying round in Croatia.
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Palace went ahead in the seventh minute as a late challenge from Renée Hector in the 18-yard box on Hope Nash resulted in a penalty for the hosts, which Balfour struck with power past Morgan, into the bottom right corner to give them an early lead.
Seven minutes later, Megen Lynch failed to deal with a dangerous cross in from Megan Wynne as she parried the ball into Dean’s path, and the striker made no mistake from close range to equalise for Spurs Ladies.
Midway through the second half, Addison grabbed what proved to be the decisive goal after she latched onto a delighted through ball from Coral-Jade Haines to loft the ball over Lynch into the back of the net.
But the Ladies were made to work as Palace pressed for an equaliser and came close on two occasions following Addison’s goal.
Both chances for the hosts came from Balfour as she rattled the crossbar with a thunderous strike from the edge of the penalty area and then moments later she almost poked the ball in from close range.
Thankfully Morgan reacted quickly to clear the danger and Spurs Ladies held out for the win.
Crystal Palace Ladies: Megen Lynch (Shanell Salgado 68), Anneka Nuttall, Jordan Butler, Freya Holdaway ©, Kallie Balfour, Chloe Burr, Jade Keogh, Megan Chandler (Nikita Whinnett 68), Hope Nash, Ria Collins, Hannah Mackenzie.
Unused substitutions: Pam McRoberts, Leesa Haydock, Jade Davenport, Ciara Watling, Andria Georgiou.
Spurs Ladies: Chloe Morgan, Megan Wynne (Bianca Baptiste 60), Renée Hector, Jenna Schillaci ©, Ashleigh Neville, Lucia Leon, Josie Green, Coral-Jade Haines (Wendy Martin 82), Sarah Wiltshire (Anne Meiwald 90+3), Rianna Dean, Angela Addison.
Unused Substitutions: Emma Gibbon, Ryah Vyse.