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05.04.2009
qpr u15 1
tottenham hotspur ladies u15 2
home counties girl's football league  - u15 div. 1

The Spurs Ladies Under-15 team were without Katie Mills, Jemma Young, Georgie Richings and Phoebe Eshen, as they travelled to play QPR Under-15s on Sunday. 

It was the game that nearly never took place and that could have been the end of the U15s league campaign.  The traffic was horrendous because of a Wembley final and Spurs only had six players as Ricky was stuck in traffic with five of the players in the car.  The supporters of the teams, the six Spurs players and the patient QPR outfit waited anxiously with the clock ticking.  Forty minutes after the game should have started, Ricky Inniss screeched into the car park and the five girls ran across to join their team.  After a short warm up the game was ready to begin.  

Spurs started the brighter of the two teams and had numerous chances, managing to take the lead after Renata Inniss slotted home from a Nikki Hunnable corner.  A couple more chances followed, first Whitney Tango powerfully shot just past the left post and then Siobhan Jones hit a great shot that swerved around the wrong side of the right hand post. 

Spurs were on top and Charlotte Dean chipped the ball over the QPR defence and goalkeeper.  The ball looked to be going in, when Renata ran through and made sure by poking it over the line. 

QPR started to get back into the game and the Spurs defence were constantly being tested and seemed to be handling the pressure, but a scrappy piece of defensive play let QPR back into the game to make the score 2-1. This was the half time score. 

The game was fast flowing and their were chances at both ends.  Laura Smith did well in an unfamiliar position, Harley Keenlyside and Rosie and Molly Kmita were spot on, tidying up well on numerous occasions.  Daisy also made a couple of fine saves. 

Spurs most notable chances were from Ayse Mustafa, who picked up the ball at the edge of the area and thumped the ball against the post.  Even the QPR defenders looked shocked when it bounced back rather then go into the goal.  Right at the death, a cross by Nikki was met by Renata, who chipped the ball for Charlotte to header and the Rangers keeper did well to push the ball away. 

Full credit to both teams for a hard fought game that was played in a competitive manner and thanks to everyone at QPR for their patience waiting for the game to start. 

Roll on the Luton game that promises to be an exiting finale to the season.

COYS

THLFC U15player(s) of the match: Renata Inniss

 

ross hunnable

tottenham hotspur : - 
  1. daisy o'sullivan  
12. laura smith 17. molly kmita 5. harley keenlyside 25. rosie kmita
7. nikki hunnable 9. ayse mustafa 11. charlotte dean 28. whitney tango
  10 renata inniss 13.  siobhan jones  
subs  :  - 
other results :

denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
luton town  -    
enfield town  -    
northwood  -    

 

12.04.2009
no game

 

19.04.2009
luton town u15 3
tottenham hotspur ladies u15 1
home counties girl's football league  - u15 div. 1

Spurs arrived at Luton at full strength needing a win to maintain their hopes of winning the league.  

Because of this the girls were quick out of the blocks and had Luton on the back foot for much of the first half. Laura Smith and Rosie Kmita were tireless working the lines in their wing-back roles, whilst Ayse Mustafa, Charlotte Dean and Renata Inniss bossed the midfield as Spurs stroked the ball around probing for an opening.  

Nikki Hunnable’s pace in particular was causing the Luton defence all sorts of headaches as she, Renata Inniss, Laura and Whitney Tango all went close – firing just wide or forcing saves. 

At the other end Luton were restricted to a few long range shots with Katie Mills, Molly Kmita and Harley Keenlyside resolutely snuffing out attacks at source, and as a result Daisy O’Sullivan was largely a spectator. The first half ended goalless with the U15s dominating proceedings. 

Luton came out more determined in the second half and quickly forced a number of corners that were dealt with by the Spurs defence.  

On 53 minutes Nikki was brought down 30 yards from goal. She picked herself up and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the Luton net to make it 1-0 Spurs, which, to be fair, was well deserved.  

This seemed to galvanise Luton who fired just over before the game turned in their favour on the hour, when first they profited from a deflection off a Spurs defender that took the ball away from Daisy and into the net to equalise. 

A couple of minutes later Katie was pushed from behind whilst shepherding a ball out for a Spurs throw-in causing her to concede a corner.  No foul was awarded and the U15s were made to pay the ultimate price as Luton bundled home the resulting corner kick to make the score 2-1 to the hosts. 

Spurs poured forward seeking parity and it seemed had won a penalty when Renata was bundled over in the box. Alas, the appeals were waved away and shortly after Luton broke down the left and sealed the game with a fine finish to make the final score 3-1 to Luton which, barring a catastrophic collapse, probably sealed the league title.

I’m a great believer in you get out of life what you put in.  Today this was not the case as the girls dominated much of the game yet left with no reward. The key incidents all went Luton’s way on the day with the girls playing well enough to have earned a draw at the very least.  

If there has to be a criticism then it would be that we did not score in a period of dominance.  It looked on occasion as though we were trying to walk the ball into the net, when a clever pass or a shot may have opened up the Luton defence.  

To end on a positive note: We were more than a match for Luton who certainly knew that they had been in a game afterwards. We need to take this performance into next Sunday’s cup semi-final against QPR to give ourselves another chance of silverware this season.

Come on you Spurs.

 

THLFC U15 player(s) of the match: Whole Team

 paul mills

tottenham hotspur : - 
  1. daisy o'sullivan  
6. katie mills 17. molly kmita 5. harley keenlyside 25. rosie kmita
12. laura smith 9. ayse mustafa 11. charlotte dean 10. renata inniss
  7. nikki hunnable 28. whitney tango  
rolling subs  :  -  13.  siobhan jones, 14. phoebe eshen, 18. georgie richings, 8. jemma young
other results :

qpr  -    
denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
luton town  -    
enfield town  -    
northwood  -    

 

26.04.2009
tottenham hotspur ladies u15 1
qpr u15 1

aet : - thlfc win 4-3 on penalties

home counties girl's football league  - u15 cup semi-final
The THLFC Under-15s hosted Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup semi final without the services of Jemma Young and Georgie Richings on a hot morning at Frederick Knights.  What was served up by both teams was a game full of drama right to the end.

 

First Half 

In the first minute of the game Ayse Mustafa crossed into the box where Rosie Kmita controlled and fired just over the bar.  A minute later Rosie and Renata Inniss combined to feed Whitney Tango whose shot was gathered by the keeper. 

The fine start by Spurs continued when a ball was played through the QPR defence to Nikki Hunnable who held off a defender before firing over the bar. Ayse then went close from distance seeing her shot gather by the keeper. 

With 13 minutes on the clock Rosie fed Nikki who in turn found Laura Smith who fired into the side netting.  Nikki was by this time torturing the QPR defence with her pace and, having beaten a couple of players, found Rosie who saw her shot saved.   

With all the Spurs pressure, it was QPR who actually came closest to opening the score on 15 minutes when, after winning a free kick on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, they fired a fierce shot towards the goal only to see Daisy O’Sullivan pull off a superb save tipping the ball round the post for a corner.  

Renata then fired over again before another great run by Nikki set up Laura who saw her shot saved.  QPR then went close again crossing in to the Spurs area finding an unmarked attacker.  Katie Mills flew in with a challenge to whip the ball away before she could get a shot off.

With 21 minutes on the clock another good run from Nikki found Renata on the edge of the box.  She controlled, took the ball round a defender and fired past the keeper to make the score 1-0 to Spurs. 

The game seemed to suffer a lull for the next few minutes as both teams toiled away without creating any clear chances.  Just prior to half time Nikki fired over from distance before feeding Siobhan Jones whose shot was well saved leaving the score 1-0 to Spurs at the break.

 

Second Half

QPR were awarded a penalty right after half time after Laura was adjudged to have committed a foul.  The QPR penalty taker made no mistake from the spot levelling the score at 1-1. 

With 42 minutes on the clock Renata fired just wide as Spurs sought to regain the lead. Laura and Charlotte Dean both had shots saved before Katie was on hand again to tidy up from some slow reaction to a loose ball. 

Renata fired over from a cross by Phoebe Eshen and both Charlotte and Laura again went close before Spurs were (rather fortunately) awarded a penalty of their own on the hour after Renata was fouled. She stepped up to take the penalty only to see the ball hit the post before being cleared by the QPR defence. 

Molly Kmita and Harley Keenlyside were on hand to tidy up from a dangerous QPR free kick shortly afterwards as the game became more open. Siobhan won a free kick on the edge of the box after 65 minutes. Nikki stepped up and fired a shot at goal that was well saved by the Rangers keeper. 

Ayse shot past the post whilst QPR went close themselves from a corner as the game seemed to be drifting to extra time. However, there was still time for first Laura and then Siobhan to go close from a couple of corners before the final whistle blew with the scores level at 1-1.

 

Extra Time 

The first half of extra time was fairly nondescript with QPR having one chance gathered comfortably by Daisy whilst Renata fired over the bar from distance at the other end.  

The second half was pretty much all Spurs as the QPR team seemed to tire with Ayse first firing over before combining with Renata only to have her shot saved by the Rangers keeper.  Laura then went close whilst at the other end Katie was on hand to cut out a dangerous QPR attack.  

With a penalty shoot-out looming, the ball was crossed into the QPR area and it seemed Ayse was certain to score, but she could not get a shot away with enough power to beat the keeper and thus this was how extra time finished. 

 

Penalty Shoot-out 

And so it was down to the lottery of penalties and a question of who could hold their nerve and gain a bit of good fortune.  Both sets of players gathered in the centre circle as girls from both sides stepped forward in turn, displaying an incredible amount of bottle, to take the spot kicks.   

QPR dispatched the first penalty with Daisy close to making a save (1-0).  Laura stepped up first for Spurs and dispatched to level the score at 1-1.  

QPR scored their second penalty (2-1) with Daisy again getting close, before Renata fired wide to leave the score remaining at 2-1 and seemingly the advantage with QPR.  

Cue Daisy, who then made a fantastic save from QPR’s third penalty to prevent them from adding to their score before Ayse drilled home to level the scores at 2-2 after three kicks apiece. 

The pressure was definitely beginning to tell as Daisy again saved QPR’s fourth kick only for Siobhan to see her kick saved also when it seemed likely that Spurs would move ahead. 

QPR dispatched their fifth penalty (3-2) as did Charlotte calmly under extreme pressure and so it was to sudden death with the scores level at 3-3. 

Fortune favoured the U15s as QPRs sixth penalty was drilled wide of Daisy’s post.  Captain Molly stepped up to take Spurs’ sixth penalty.  The parents and management team collectedly held their breath, but needn’t have worried, as she fired the ball into the roof of the net to make the final score 3-4 to Spurs and taking the U15s to the cup final where Luton await. 

Well done to the girls on both sides for an entertaining game. Commiserations to QPR, who having fought back to level the game, were denied by penalties. 

 

THLFC U14 player(s) of the match: Whole Team

 paul mills

tottenham hotspur : - 
  1. daisy o'sullivan  
6. katie mills 17. molly kmita 5. harley keenlyside 25. rosie kmita
12. laura smith 9. ayse mustafa 11. charlotte dean 10. renata inniss
  7. nikki hunnable 28. whitney tango  
rolling subs  :  -  13.  siobhan jones, 14. phoebe eshen
other results :

denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
luton town  -    
enfield town  -    
northwood  -    

 

03.05.2009
no game
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other results :

qpr  -    
denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
luton town  -    
enfield town  -    
northwood  -    

 

06.05.2009
tottenham hotspur ladies u15 1
enfield town u15 1
home counties girl's football league  - u15 div. 1

A sunny evening at Frederick Knights saw us welcome Enfield Town and in particular ex-Spur Georgie Bruce and her dad Colin for the last HCGFL game of the season.  

The game had an end of season feel about it with little to play for.  Enfield had the better of the first half chances, hitting the Spurs bar on one occasion with Daisy O’Sullivan being the busier of the two keepers.  At the other end Jemma Young, Nikki Hunnable and Renata Inniss all went close without breaking the deadlock and so the half ended scoreless. 

The Under-15s were having difficulties getting going and it was no surprise really when Enfield took the lead on 45 minutes having carved open the Spurs defence.  This definitely galvanised Spurs who were level two minutes later when Renata picked the ball up on the edge of the Enfield area before holding off a challenge and firing home to make the score 1-1. 

On 52 minutes Daisy later nearly pulled off a ‘Paul Robinson’ with a huge drop kick that bounced over the Enfield keeper before rolling just past the post of the unguarded goal.  

Harley Keenlyside was strong in the tackle before Renata hit a post on 57 minutes having beaten two players.  Whitney Tango, Renata, Charlotte Dean and Rosie Kmita all saw shots saved before a corner fell to Ayse Mustafa, who fired just wide. 

There was time before the end of the game for Molly Kmita to launch an audacious shot from a full 40 yards that beat the keeper before hitting the cross bar drawing applause from parents and coaching staff from both sides.

The final whistle blew and brought down the curtain on a season that saw the U15s finish runners up in the league.  With the cup final in two weeks time we could have hoped for a better result and performance but even highly paid Premiership stars cannot always lift themselves in end of season games.  

One game to go – lets hope we can pull off a win in the cup final. Good luck girls.

 

THLFC U15 player(s) of the match: 12 Laura Smith

 paul mills

tottenham hotspur : - 
  1. daisy o'sullivan  
6. katie mills 17. molly kmita 5. harley keenlyside 25. rosie kmita
8. jemma young 9. ayse mustafa 11. charlotte dean 14. phoebe eshen
  7. nikki hunnable 13.  siobhan jones  
rolling subs  :  -  28. whitney tango, 10. renata inniss, 12. laura smith
other results :

qpr  -    
denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
luton town  -    
northwood  -    

 

10.05.2009
tottenham hotspur ladies u15 -
southend united u16 -
friendly

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 paul mills

tottenham hotspur : - 
  1. daisy o'sullivan  
18. georgie richings 17. molly kmita 5. harley keenlyside 25. rosie kmita
12. laura smith 9. ayse mustafa 11. charlotte dean 7. nikki hunnable
  10 renata inniss 28. whitney tango  
rolling subs  :  -  13.  siobhan jones, 14. phoebe eshen, 6. katie mills, 8. jemma young
other results :

qpr  -    
denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
luton town  -    
enfield town  -    
northwood  -    

 

17.05.2009
luton town u15 1
tottenham hotspur ladies u15 0
home counties girl's football league  - u15 cup final

Spurs Ladies Under-15s arrived at Stockwood Park with a full strength team seeking to deny Luton the league and cup double. Games between the two teams are usually very tight and today's game was no different eventually being decided by the odd goal in Luton's favour. 

Spurs dominated possession in the early stages of the match with Laura Smith going close.  At the other hand Daisy O’Sullivan was on hand to make a save whilst Katie Mills got in a tough tackle that resulted in a hip injury. Very bravely she battled on in considerable pain before retiring from the fray late in the second half. 

With ten minutes on the clock Rosie Kmita made a great run down the left wing before firing in a great cross that flew across the face of the Luton goal, but there was no Spurs player on hand to attack the ball and force it home. 

Spurs continued to pass the ball around nicely but were unable to make a breakthrough. Therefore it was somewhat against the run of play that Luton took the lead on 26 minutes. A free kick was driven into the Spurs penalty area. Daisy, not helped by a blustery wind, punched the ball away, but it was the Luton attackers that were first to react to the second ball and bundled the ball home despite a desperate lunge to clear from Molly Kmita.  

Four minutes later Spurs almost equalised when the Luton keeper fumbled a cross from Rosie, however the Luton defenders did just enough to prevent Jemma Young from capitalising on the mistake.  The half ended with the advantage with Luton. 

The second half was a frustrating affair.  Spurs were unable to capitalise on countless free kicks won around the edge of the Luton box.  Renata Inniss went the closest with a header that flew just over the bar.  A little later Charlotte Dean crossed, but Phoebe Eshen was unable to convert. 

The game was then stopped for a few minutes whilst the referee and Luton coaching staff sorted out some petulant behaviour from one of the Luton players resulting in a yellow card being shown.   

On 75 minutes Luton were then rather bizarrely awarded a penalty for handball by the linesman when to all assembled (including the referee) it looked like a foul on Daisy.  The Spurs players complained bitterly and Laura was booked for her protests.  However, justice seemed to prevail as the resulting spot kick was blasted over the bar.  Shortly afterwards Daisy pulled off a fantastic save to deny Luton a second and surely match winning goal.  

Right on full time a cross found Nikki Hunnable alone on the right hand side of the penalty area. She advanced on goal and fired across the keeper, who saved well, but was only able to parry ball across the goal.  Again the Luton defenders were first to react and cleared to safety with what proved to be the final chance of the game.  The whistle blew shortly afterwards sparking wild celebrations from Luton and despair from our girls, who having been the better team on the day were left to reflect on a trophy less season.  

To summarise the season there has been very little to choose between the Spurs and Luton teams. In the three meetings Spurs have by and large dominated possession and played the more expansive football but have been unable (but for one occasion) to breach a well organised Luton backline. Luton emerged victorious in all three games between the two teams by taking a better ratio of chances that fell their way.  

Our girls must learn from this and in particular need to focus on how to break down packed defences by using the full width of the pitch to get behind teams.  In addition, we must switch on and attack the second ball from set pieces (at both ends of the pitch).  That being said the girls play some lovely football and are a great bunch to be around and I’m sure will be back determined and seeking glory in the 2009-10 season with Luton very much in their sights.  

Talking of Luton – any team managing to go a whole season winning every game is deserving of winning the league.  It is something our girls should aim for - and I for one believe they are capable of.  

In signing off for the season I'd like to wish Rob Smith a speedy recovery from all of the U15 parents and players – get yourself out of that hospital soon mate :)

 

THLFC U15 player(s) of the match: 7 Nikki Hunnable

 paul mills

tottenham hotspur : - 
  1. daisy o'sullivan  
6. katie mills 17. molly kmita 5. harley keenlyside 25. rosie kmita
12. laura smith 9. ayse mustafa 11. charlotte dean 7. nikki hunnable
  10 renata inniss 13.  siobhan jones  
rolling subs  :  -  28. whitney tango, 14. phoebe eshen, 18. georgie richings, 8. jemma young
To view match photos click here.
other results :

qpr  -    
denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
enfield town  -    
northwood  -    

 

.05.2009
- u15 -
tottenham hotspur ladies u15 -
home counties girl's football league  - u15 div. 1

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 paul mills

tottenham hotspur : - 
  1. daisy o'sullivan  
18. georgie richings 17. molly kmita 5. harley keenlyside 25. rosie kmita
12. laura smith 9. ayse mustafa 11. charlotte dean 7. nikki hunnable
  10 renata inniss 28. whitney tango  
rolling subs  :  -  13.  siobhan jones, 14. phoebe eshen, 6. katie mills, 8. jemma young
other results :

qpr  -    
denham united  -    
st. martins  -    
letchworth garden city eagles  -    
hampstead  -    
luton town  -    
enfield town  -    
northwood  -    

For more match reports from this season, click here

 

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