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The showpiece of an excellently run and organised Finals Day was the Intermediate Section Final between Tottenham Hotspur Reserves and Petts Wood.
The match was preceded by a minutes applause in memory of Spurs Ladies Chairman Glenn Weaver who passed away in February. Spurs Reserves went on to lift the trophy after a 3-1 victory over a spirited Petts Wood team from the Greater London League Division One who made the FA Premier Reserve League team fight all the way.
Spurs moved the ball round impressively from the start and gained a second minute advantage when Ellis Lunn curled in an excellent opener from wide on the right. Petts Wood keeper Sophie Pourou was kept busy by several dangerous attacks but was happy to see Frances Gamble's 30 yard effort hit the underside of the bar and rebound to safety on 25 minutes.
Lunn was denied by a good save before Petts Wood levelled on 28 minutes. Spurs keeper Lauren Picton's clearance of a through ball was partially blocked but it took a superb first time shot from Natalie Graves some 35 yards from goal to loft the ball into an empty net.
Petts Wood were lifted by the goal and produced the move of the match, four first time passes moving from their own area and ending with a Charlotte Lee volley from ten yards which Picton held. Spurs were always fluent in attack however and regained the lead right on half time. A driving run from Andra Marcoci forced a good save from Pourou but Dionne Manning was on hand to turn in the loose ball.
Spurs continued to play an excellent brand of attacking football but were met with strong defence with player of the match Stacie Taylor in particular giving a great display of tackling, covering and distribution. With skipper Pourou making a series of defiant saves Spurs were kept at bay whilst an equaliser was sought. Just after the hour, however, another fine finish gave Spurs some breathing space. Amy Cooper found Marcoci in the area with a cross from the right and her turn and finish were both top quality.
Spurred on by the arrival of their first team to support them after an away match against Brighton, Spurs dominated the final twenty minutes with shots from Gamble, Annabelle Colston, Frankie Palmer and Katherine Lyons all going close or being saved by Pourou.
Spurs deservedly lifted the Intermediate Cup, remembering the massive contribution of their late chairman during their celebrations. Petts Wood also contributed greatly to a very enjoyable final with their determined and brave fighting spirit.
The Senior section final is to be held on May 6th at Harrow Borough FC between Charlton Athletic and West Ham United. The first of the three Capital Cup finals to be contested on this Finals Day at Met Police also featured Charlton, who took the Under-16 Cup with an emphatic victory over Enfield Town.
Tottenham Hotspur Res: Lauren Picton, Rene Williams, Courtney Miller, Natasha Smits, Frances Gamble, Shona Chetate-Samurwo, Shakira Waithe, Amy Cooper, Ellis Lunn, Dionne Manning, Andra Marcoci. Subs: Faye Picton, Frankie Palmer, Jonea Peters, Annabelle Colston, Katherine Lyons.
Petts Wood: Sophie Pourou, Stacie Taylor, Lauren Thatcher, Ellie Bovill, Jade White, Natalie Graves, Rachel Dulley, Annie Blanche, Danni Glancy, Frankie Mardon, Sarah Miller. Subs: Terri Warren, Ellie Paris, Rebekah Collins, Charlotte Lee.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Shakira Waithe holds off Lauren Thatcher
(middle) Stacie Taylor battles for the ball with Annabelle Colston
(bottom) Tottenham Hotspur Res with the cup
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