Haran Naresh reports from The Hive Stadium as Tottenham Hotspur Women secure a comfortable win over Charlton Athletic Women.
The Hive Stadium (credit Katie Chan/Wikimedia Commons)
Tottenham Hotspur Women defeated Charlton Athletic Women in the Continental League Cup.
Jiali Tang’s second-half strike secured Spurs the victory in a game where the scoreline did not reflect the extent of their superiority.
Tottenham monopolised possession early on but could not find a way to fashion openings against an organised Charlton side.
In the ninth minute Spurs created their first good chance when Jessica Naz’s through ball reached Kit Graham and she squared to Josie Green who mis-hit her shot with only Charlton goalkeeper Eartha Cumings to beat.
Tottenham came close to taking the lead with 13 minutes on the clock. Esther Morgan picked out Angela Addison with a floated cross and she headed back across goal and the ball hit the post before rolling into the arms of Cumings.
Green collected the ball in space and with the Charlton defence backing off, she fired a shot just over from 20 yards out.
With 25 minutes gone Kit Graham hit a tame shot that was easily saved.
Graham played Naz down the line and she tried to find a team-mate in the box but the Charlton defence got back to clear.
In 30th minute Addison surged down the left flank and put in a searching cross that was steered just off target.
Charlton had been non-existent as an attacking force and finally registered an effort with 30 minutes played when Kiera Skeels screwed wide from distance.
In the 34th minute Graham’s free-kick caused Cumings problems in the Charlton goal and she was forced to tip the ball over the bar.
Despite being utterly dominant, Spurs found themselves level at half-time.
Tottenham’s pressure told and they took the lead just five minutes into the second half. Addison collected the ball on the left wing and found Jiali Tang in the area who poked home from close range.
Addison burst away down the left in the 60th minute and cut inside before having her shot blocked.
The home side still only had a slender lead and were tested when Vyan Sampson hit a curling shot that was saved.
At the other other end, Spurs substitute Kyah Simon released an effort straight at Cumings.
Simon was then put through on goal but was thwarted by a last-ditch tackle.
In the 72nd minute Tottenham took a short corner and the excellent Graham cut inside before firing a shot on goal that was well saved by Cumings.
Chioma Ubogagu drove forward on the left and had team-mates to pick out in the middle but over-hit her cross and the chance went begging.
Rosella Ayane picked out Simon in space but she could only muster a scuffed half-volley that lacked pace.
With 81 minutes on the clock, Spurs developed a good team move that ended with Graham firing a shot straight at Cumings.
Tottenham seemed to tire in injury time and started to present Charlton with opportunities to come forward.
The ball came out to Mia Ross just outside the area and her drilled shot was put behind for a corner.
From the resulting set-piece Ross rose above her marker but could only head down towards Tinja-Riikka Korpela.
Tottenham were utterly dominant but their lack of clinical edge in the final third kept Charlton in the game until the very end.
They can take confidence from the way they seem to be able to create chances at will at the moment. This will serve them well with tougher tests on the horizon.
Clubs now step away for the next fortnight due to the international break.
Tottenham Hotspur Women return to action when they host Manchester United Women on 7th November.