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Spurs ladies can take plenty of pride despite FA Cup exit to Arsenal

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 March 2017

Lucia Leon of Tottenham Ladies battles for the ball in the Women's FA Cup tie with Arsenal. Picture: WUSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Lucia Leon of Tottenham Ladies battles for the ball in the Women's FA Cup tie with Arsenal. Picture: WUSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

©Ying Pan Wu , Wu's Photography, wusphotography.com

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies saw their 27-game undefeated run come to an end with a valiant 10-0 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal but Karen Hills’ outfit can take plenty of pride away from the encounter.

They battled bravely against their internationally-packed hosts but in the end the gulf in class between the two showed.

Danielle van de Donk scored a hat-trick while Danielle Carter got two.

Kim Little, Dominique Janssen, Chloe Kelly, Katie McCabe and Beth Mead, making her debut after a move from Sunderland, got the others.

Arsenal started on the front foot with the Lilywhites finding it difficult to get going. Carter had the first shot from the edge of the area but her curler sailed wide.

Tottenham’s first opportunity saw a floated cross from Leah Rawle towards Wendy Martin cancelled out by Sari Van Veenendaal.

Lucia Leon, Josie Green, and Bianca Baptiste combined down the right but the pass towards Martin was just too far in front.

Toni-Anne Wayne made a smart save down low to her near-post to deny Little before she held on to a Carter header from six-yards out.

The opening goal proved crucial with Carter finishing well from a tight angle after being found by Jordan Nobbs on 22 minutes.

That relaxed the hosts and two goals in a minute from Janssen and Carter, just past the half-hour, put them in charge.

And they were 5-0 up by half-time with Little and van de Donk getting on the score sheet.

They completed the victory with five more in the second half and although Tottenham had chances, they were unable to get the goal their play deserved.

Tottenham Ladies: Wayne, Leon, Schillaci, Hector, Rawle (Pond 45), Green, Mclean, Soobadoo (Vio 63), Whinnett (Blanchflower 68), Martin, Baptiste.

Subs (not used): Lynch, Carlton

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