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Tottenham Hotspur completed the League and Cup double after beating Charlton Athletic on a penalty shootout to keep hold of the Premier League Cup at Stevenage.
This was the fifth time the teams had met in little more than a month, with both sides having won two games apiece and lifted one piece of silverware each and this was clearly evident as they produced another closely fought match in which they could not be separated after extra time.
The first chance fell the way of Tottenham with Lucia Leon having a shot blocked on the line by Grace Coombs but Charlton hit back right away and a Kit Graham free kick was saved by Toni Anne Wayne.
Play continued to flow from end to end at a hectic pace and Wayne produced further stops from Avilla Bergin and Graham, whilst Coombs once again came to the Addicks' rescue at the other end with a second goal line clearance, this time to deny Wendy Martin as she headed goalwards.
Ronnell Humes almost broke the deadlock for Spurs early in the second half but instead brought out an excellent point blank save from Alex Baker, before the Charlton defence scrambled away the resulting corner.
Both teams had opportunities after the break to put themselves in front but neither were able to convert into goals. Indeed, the closest either side came to making a breakthrough was inadvertent; as Coombs cut out a dangerous cross by Bianca Baptiste, the ball was diverted against the outside of the post and away to safety. Despite the efforts of the two sides in an unrelenting half, the Final was taken to extra time for the third successive season.
Baptiste struck the bar for Spurs during the first period of extra time and this was to prove to be the only clear cut chance of the opening fifteen minutes as the pace of the game finally began to slow down.
Leon then had a great chance to open the scoring after the break when she dispossessed Kim Dixson and made her way to goal but shot straight at Baker. Both teams had free kicks in dangerous positions late on but both defences stood firm and the match went to penalties.
After Renee Hector had converted the first spot kick, Dixson saw her penalty saved, giving Spurs an early advantage. Sophie McLean and Ruby Southgate both scored the next two, then Martin's penalty straight down the middle was kept out by Baker. After Graham netted her kick, we were back to level pegging at 2-2. Substitutes Eartha Pond and Katie O'Leary then scored for Spurs and Charlotte Lee replied for Charlton, leaving the final penalty to Coombs. Unfortunately for the defender, Wayne saved, giving Spurs the win and retention of the trophy.
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