Wayne predicts a bright future as Spurs Ladies reach their third cup final
Goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne is predicting a bright future for Spurs Ladies after Karen Hills’ side reached their third cup final of the season on Sunday.
Avilla Bergin struck the decisive goal 19 minutes from time as Tottenham triumphed 1-0 away at Nottingham Forest in the semi-final of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.
The Lilywhites have also reached the final in both the Ryman Cup and Capital Cup, and Wayne told Ham&High Sport: “It’s fantastic, this can only benefit the club, as well as the players.
“Some of these girls have been playing for many years and never reached a cup [final] like this, and it’s going to be a huge experience for the younger ones coming through. They’re going to experience this a lot more, I guarantee you that, with the club.
“It’s just how we prepare ourselves now. We have no option but to go out there and play like we did in this game, and if we do that we can beat anyone.
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“It’s fantastic for the girls, fantastic for the club to really get us up there. That’s our third final now, so all credit goes to the girls and the staff. We’ve worked our absolute hearts out to get to where we are.
“From the front to the back we put everything, our whole bodies, on the line. I think we deserved it - we dominated the game and got the vital goal.
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“We managed to defend at the end. We had a few little scary moments but the girls were fantastic and very much deserved the result.”
Wayne made a crucial fingertip save when the game was still goalless, tipping tipping Kelley Kennaugh’s close-range header onto the post.
She added: “That’s what I’m there for, that’s why I train three times a week with my goalkeeper coaches.
“It’s those little fine moments. If I can help the team out and help the girls to the final then I’ll do that. But the girls still have to put the ball in the back of the net and they did that.”
Tottenham started brightly at Basford United’s ground in Nottinghamshire, with Bianca Baptiste seeing a ferocious drive saved by Vanessa Kinnerley and then sending her dipping follow-up wide.
Kennaugh just managed to get a touch to Jenna Schillaci’s corner to stop Wendy Martin heading at goal and, when Baptiste sent the ensuing set piece back into the box, Martin put the ball over the bar from close range. Bergin then broke through and nearly succeeded in lobbing Kinnerley.
Forest began to show signs of their attacking prowess, with Schillaci stopping Jemma White’s through ball to Andrea Bell – and, although Bergin and Martin were both denied by Kinnerley in quick succession, Natasha Meade had two chances at the other end before the break.
There was more of the same in the second period. Baptiste’s shot was deflected into the path of Ronnell Humes, whose effort was palmed onto the crossbar by Kinnerley – and Wayne then produced a fine stop to tip Kennaugh’s header onto the post before rushing out of her area to close down Bell and ensure the hosts’ top scorer could not get her shot away.
The game continued to open up as both sides sought a winner – and it was Tottenham who got it in the 71st minute. Eartha Pond’s teasing cross from the left was glanced to the far post by Leah Rawle, and Bergin arrived to squeeze the ball into the net via the post.