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Hammers women lose in front of near 25,000 fans

Adriana Leon

West Ham United women’s team’s suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur Women in the London Stadium clash this afternoon (Sun).

The match drew a 24,790 strong crowd , the second highest attendance ever in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League but goals from Rianna Dean and Lucy Quinn saw the points disappear to north London..

The Irons had their moments through Martha Thomas, Adriana Leon, Kenza Dali and Kate Longhurst who all went close.

The club site reports: ‘The first chance of Sunday’s game fell to Alisha Lehmann. A flowing team move allowed Katharina Baunach to burst into space on the left and fire a wicked ball across the box. Lehmann looked to latch onto the pass, but the ball ricocheted out for a goal kick.

Rosella Ayane blasted a shot over the bar from distance for the away side, before Kate Longhurst tried her luck from a similar range. The No12’s effort was straight at former Iron Becky Spencer, who claimed comfortably.

Martha Thomas was fouled around 25 yards from goal just prior to the half-an-hour mark, allowing Laura Vetterlein to attempt a lethal strike from the set-piece. Her shot was blocked away.

Spurs took the lead on 36 minutes. Siri Worm placed a cross between Gilly Flaherty and Vetterlein, with striker Dean quick to exploit the available space. The Tottenham forward’s diving header went past Courtney Brosnan and into the bottom corner.

It seemed that Tottenham’s first-half goal pushed West Ham into life in the second period, with the Irons’ pressure almost forcing Chloe Peplow to turn into her own net just a minute after the restart.

The Hammers crafted chance after chance. First, Lehmann won the ball back in a dangerous area and squared the ball to Thomas. Somehow, the close-ranged shot was blocked. Then Lehmann played a lofted ball to Adriana Leon, but the Canadian international’s close-range header was also over.

Courtney Brosnan pulled out a phenomenal save with her feet to deny Rosella Ayane, after Kit Graham squared the ball across goal, as West Ham continued to press hard for opportunities.

The introduction of Jacynta Galabadaarachchi, Kenza Dali and Leanne Kiernan added further attacking impetus. Galabadaarachchi thought she had set up Cho So-hyun to level, but Spurs took possession back.

Dali then fired a shot wide before Redisch Kvamme’s well-timed cross found Thomas. Somehow, the No9 could only turn wide.

West Ham’s inability to put the ball in the net was made to pay on 84 minutes. A set piece was allowed to bobble in the West Ham area, and substitute Lucy Quinn was on hand to poach Spurs’ second.

There was still time for Thomas to see another header saved by former Hammer Becky Spencer, with the first-ever London Stadium match for West Ham United women’s team ending in a heartbreaking defeat.

West Ham United: Brosnan; Redisch Kvamme, Flaherty (c), Vetterlein, Baunach; Middag (Dali 46), Cho, Longhurst; Lehmann (Kiernan 69), Thomas, Leon (Galabadaarachchi 60)
Subs not used: Moorhouse, Simon, Hendrix

Tottenham Hotspur Women: Spencer; Percival, Filbery, Godfrey, Worm (Neville 80); Green (c), Poplow, Furness; Graham (Addison 90), Ayane (Quinn 71), Dean
Subs not used: Morgan, Wynne, Haines, McLean
Goals: Dean 36, Quinn 84

Attendance: 24,790


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