West Ham Utd 0-2 Tottenham

  • by Jack Sullivan-Bissett
  • Tuesday, 1st October 2019

West Ham suffered their second league defeat of the season, succumbing to a 2-0 loss in their first Women's Super League game to be held at the London Olympic Stadium.

It was a disappointing way to end what started as a great day for the Hammers with the 24,790-strong crowd being the second largest in Super League history.

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Match Report

West Ham started the stronger of the sides. A strong challenge in midfield saw the ball break to Martha Thomas just inside the Tottenham half. The number nine steamed forward before a good tackle from the Tottenham defender forced the ball onto the left wing.

West Ham's Baunach collected the ball, exchanged passes with Thomas, whose dangerous cross missed two West Ham attackers before hitting Lehmann and drifting harmlessly wide.

Tottenham threatened throughout the half; Allen was found on the left wing after a good ball from the middle, the winger choose to shoot from long distance with the ball flying comfortably over the West Ham goal.

They came close when Ayane was found on the right wing, but the Tottenham striker just missed her low cross at the far post with the West Ham goalkeeper helpless.

Tottenham continued to pose a threat. Ayane received the ball again, this time on the left wing, she whipped in a dangerous cross from deep.

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It was met by a diving header from Rianna Dean that left the West Ham goalkeeper helpless. Dean found her way in between two West Ham defenders to meet the ball as she planted her header into the bottom corner.

West Ham had good chances in the second half as they attempted to draw level.

Alisha Lehmann pressed the Tottenham defence into a mistake which left her free in the Tottenham box. She unselfishly squared the ball to an unmarked Thomas, but Tottenham defender Godfrey threw her body in the way of the American.

The ball broke outside the box to Kate Longhurst whose first time shot flew just wide.

Tottenham broke quickly from the resultant goal kick, the ball found its way to Furness on the left wing whose cross found Ayane but her volley was saved fantastically by Brosnan in the West Ham goal.

West Ham continued to press for the equaliser, Lehmann again threatening down the right wing. She crossed to the far post to find Leon, whose header flew over the bar from three yards out.

West Ham threw Jacynta Galabadaarachchi into the mix and the young Australian caused Tottenham problems from the off.

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In one of her first contributions she broke on the left wing before finding fellow substitute Kenza Dali. The French international cut inside, but placed her long range shot just wide of Becky Spencer's goal.

Thereafter It was attack after attack from West Ham. Kvamme's cross from the right was prodded just wide by Martha Thomas as they continued to push for a deserved equaliser.

However Tottenham finally put the game out of West Ham's reach with a second goal against the run of play. A deep free kick from the right hand side ricocheted around the West Ham box before finally breaking for Quinn, who drilled the ball into the net through a crowded box.

West Ham had more than enough second half chances to draw level or even take the lead, but poor finishing from the Hammers allowed Tottenham to capitalise and take the three points.

As a result of the defeat, West Ham drop to 8th in the league and will be hoping for better when they play Brighton on October 13, after the international break.

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