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Late goal lifts trophy for Spurs
 Women's Football News 9 May 2016
 
Late goal lifts trophy for Spurs - 9 May 2016 - Women's Football News

 
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Baptiste 30, Vio 120)
Cardiff City Ladies 1 (Suominen 44)
aet; at Kidderminster Harriers FC

Tottenham Hotspur toasted a remarkable double as they lifted the FA Women's Premier League Cup on Sunday afternoon for the first time, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City. 
 
It took 120 minutes to separate the sides, but after Hope Suominen cancelled out Bianca Baptiste's opener in normal time, Maya Vio popped up at the back post to head home the winner and spark wild celebrations from the Spurs players.
 
The showcase at Kidderminster's Aggborough Stadium was Tottenham's third cup final in as many weeks, and after also lifting the Ryman Cup, manager Karen Hills could hardly contain her delight.
 
Spurs fashioned the first real chance when Baptiste latched on to Wendy Martin's pass and fired a dipping shot goalwards which was well saved by Alesha McGlynn.
 
Cardiff City had a couple of efforts themselves, with both Kelly Bartlett and Michelle Green going close, but it was Baptiste who opened the scoring after half an hour.
 
It was superb play from Leah Rawle, whose powerful run from the back and lob over McGlynn set up Baptiste to make it 1-0.
 
But City were back on level terms before the break, after Hannah Mills made a brilliant goalline clearance to deny Baptiste a second. Kelly Isaac found Suominen, whose dipping effort found its way over Toni Anne Wayne to make the score 1-1 at half time.
 
Laura Williams wasted a good chance for Cardiff after she was put through one-on-one with Wayne, who also saved from Alys Hinchcliffe in the second half.
 
Spurs' Ryman Cup success went down to penalties and it looked as if this tie was heading that way as well with the full 30 minutes of extra time up - Martin seeing a 93rd-minute goal chalked off for offside.
 
There was further drama as McGlynn was injured meaning defender Mills had to don the gloves, and there was nothing she could do about Vio's winner.
 
The ball came in from the left in the dying moments and Vio leapt highest to nod home and send the WPL Cup to North London. 
 
Tottenham Hotspur: Toni Anne Wayne, Alex Keown, Jenna Schillaci, Leah Rawle, Josie Green, Maya Vio, Rianna Soobadoo, Katherine O'Leary, Bianca Baptiste, Sophie McClean, Wendy Martin. Subs: Avilla Bergin, Ronnell Humes, Shannon Moloney, Kelley Blanchflower, Rosie Kmita.

Cardiff City Ladies: Alesha McGlynn, Hannah Mills, Kelly Aldridge, Abbie Britton, Gemma Evans, Michelle Green, Kelly Isaac, Alys Hinchcliffe, Kelly Bartlett, Hope Suominen, Laura Williams. Subs: Cori Williams, Chloe Lloyd, Ffion Price, Amy Wathan, Beth Lloyd.

 
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