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West Ham United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

With both teams less than perfect so far this season the match started out bitty, the ball pinging from one end of the pitch to the other with counterattacks for both broken down. The atmosphere warmer than many would have expected, the noise swelled and rose as blue and claret advanced up the pitch, baring down on Becky Spencer’s goal.

Ultimately it was Rosella Ayane’s tireless work up the flanks that saw the visitors open the scoring, her whipped ball in was well met by the rising head of Rianna Dean. The goal failed to spark the match into much more than a back and forth, both teams hungry to claim the second of the game.

The first best chance of the second half came the way of the visitors, Rachel Furness’ square ball reached the toe of Ayane who struck low to coax a headline save out of new Irons’ goalkeeper, Courtney Brosnan.

West Ham had their chances throughout the match, the crowd of just under 25,000 making themselves well known, the sharp intake of breath as Kenza Dali skipped a shot just wide of Spencer’s upright echoing around the stadium. The tension rose as Martha Thomas flicked the ball wide from two yards out before a breathless scramble saw Dali’s effort deflected out by Hannah Godfrey’s big toe.

Despite all the pressure coming from the hosts it was Spurs who had the net rippling for a second time when birthday girl and second half substitute Lucy Quinn arrowed the ball through the crowded box to seal the tie late in the day. The goal against the run of play, zapping the remaining bite from the showpiece match.

West Ham: Brosnan, Kvamme, Flaherty (c), Lehmann (Kiernan ‘70), Thomas, Baunach, Longhurst, Leon (Galabadaarachchi ’60), So-Hyun, Middag (Dali ’46), Vetterlein.
Tottenham: Spencer, Percival, Green (c), Filbey, Peplow, Dean, Worm (Neville ’79), Graham (Addison ’90), Ayane (Quinn ’70), Godfrey, Furness.
Goals: Dean ’36, Quinn ’84
Cautions: Ayane ’65
Referee: Abigail Byrne
Attendance: 24,790

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