Riana Soobadoo: Spurs Ladies’ latest defeat to Cardiff will mean little in next month’s cup final
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Spurs Ladies midfielder Riana Soobadoo insists Sunday’s latest defeat to Cardiff City will mean nothing when the two sides meet again in next month’s FA Women’s Premier League Cup final.
Tottenham lost 1-0 at home in the weekend’s league fixture, having gone down 4-0 against the Welsh outfit in the previous meeting in October.
Karen Hills’ side, who sit sixth in the table, will hope for a better result when they face third-placed Cardiff again in the League Cup final at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough stadium on May 8 – and Soobadoo is confident the Lilywhites can lift the trophy if they can become more clinical in front of goal.
“Obviously we’re disappointed to have lost, but I think it was a good test for us, and going into the final we can take some confidence from this game,” she told Ham&High Sport. “I think we were the better side – we created chances, we just couldn’t finish them.
“I think it’s been a bit of the story of the season really – the final ball and the finishing. However, that comes down to everyone in the team, not just the forwards - it comes down to the midfielders and everyone else.
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“If we just sort that out in the next two weeks of training - work hard, everyone on the pitch, with everyone putting the effort in - then we’re confident that we’ll go on and win a few cups this season, most definitely.
“I think going into a cup final, despite the two league losses, we’re going to go in there confident as anything can happen on the day. If we put in a performance like we did on Sunday - I think we did play well as a team – then why can’t we go on and win the cup?”
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Tottenham’s Avilla Bergin forced a fine reaction save in the opening exchanges before Cardiff’s Kelly Isaac played a one-two with Kerry Bartlett and saw her shot stopped by home goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne.
Spurs’ Kelley Blanchflower was denied by Laura O’Sullivan before setting up Maya Vio, whose powerful drive was blocked, and O’Sullivan then did well to stop Blanchflower from scoring as she followed up.
However, City’s Laura Williams went through on goal and fired inches wide before the visitors broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time as Isaac’s free kick was deflected into the path of Alys Hinchcliffe, who found the bottom corner from six yards.
Tottenham created a number of opportunities after the break. Blanchflower went close with a lob after Bergin’s floated pass and Soobadoo’s half-volley 12 yards out was blocked by Michelle Green, while Wendy Martin shot wide seconds later.
Martin then hit the post and Shannon Moloney went close with a dipping effort - but Spurs were unable to level and Alex Keown had to stay with Hinchcliffe and make a well-timed challenge to stop Cardiff from doubling their lead before the end.