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Spurs Women's Journey To The FA Cup Final

We entered the competition in the fourth round where we faced Championship side Sheffield United at Brisbane Road on the 14th January 2024. The Blades took the lead in the 13th minute after Sophie Haywood gave them the lead before Jessica Sigsworth extended their lead shortly after the break, leaving us a mountain to climb. We managed to pull a goal back through Bethany England, her first goal of the season, before she added her second goal of the match from the penalty spot bringing the scores level as the game entered the last 10 minutes of normal time. In the sixth-minute of added time, Rosella Ayane raced onto Olga Ahtinen’s pass and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Fran Stenson and into the back of the net to give us a dramatic victory and a place in the fifth round.

We then faced another championship side in the fifth round, Charlton Athletic who are led by our former manager Karen Hills. Spurs hit the woodwork twice in the first hour, the deadlock was finally broken in the last quarter of the match as Kit Graham scored the only goal of the game with an effort from the edge of the box to see us progress to the last eight for the third time in our history.

It was a familiar opponent for us in the quarter-finals as we welcomed Manchester City to Brisbane Road. The visitors took an early lead through Mary Fowler in the sixth minute, we continued to search for an equalizer throughout the game and in the sixth minute of added time, England capitalized on a mistake in City’s backline to slot home into an empty net. The game then went onto penalties after finishing 1-1 after 120 minutes and Becky Spencer produced the heroics, saving both spot-kicks from England Internationals Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly before defender Amy James-Turner stepped up for Spurs and coolly converted her penalty to secure us a 4-3 win in the shoot-out and a place in our first ever FA Cup semi-final.

In the semi final we faced Leicester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 14th April. Both teams were eager to make the final for the first time but it was Spurs who progressed.

Leicester took the lead with a long-range strike from Jutta Rantala in the early stages of the first half. 

Spurs equalized after a mistake from former Spurs player Josie Green who failed to clear the ball which allowed Jessica Naz through on goal, with the winger finishing coolly to send the home fans wild. 

In the last moments of extra-time Spurs substitute Martha Thomas latched onto Matilda Vinberg’s deflected cross to head home the winning goal with the match moments away from penalties and secured Spurs a place in the final for the first time in the clubs history.

Tottenham will now face Manchester United in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on May 12.

Us Spurs fans now have something to celebrate “the women are on their way to Wembley, knees have gone all trembly”

No matter what happens in the final us fans will always be proud of you, you've had the best season and have made history many times over the past few months. There's so much more to come from this incredible group of players, all you can do in the final is believe in yourselves like us fans always do. We will all be there cheering you on and being your 12th player. Let's go Spurs Women, you can do it.

To Dare Is To Do

Come On You Spurs

By Phillipa Kipling

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