Zoe reflects on a thriller at The Home of Football.
Fans were treated to a thriller at The Coach and Horses on Saturday, where Sheffield Ladies held out for a dramatic 4-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in WSL2, writes Luke Phelps.
Mel Johnson opened the scoring for Club early on when she pounced on a rebound inside the box. The visitors equalised through a penalty before Johnson scored a carbon copy of the first to restore Clubs lead.
With 10 remaining of the first half Sheffield’s Hannah Cain and Tottenham’s Sophie McClean were both shown red for an off the ball incident. This didn’t faze Club though as Johnson finished from close to secure a first half hat-trick.
Seconds after the restart Tottenham made it 2-2 through Bianca Baptiste before Jenna Dear received a second yellow, and her marching orders for Sheffield. Now with 9 players on the pitch, Sheffield sat deep and punished Spurs on the counter through Katie Anderson.
Sophie Wiltshere pulled one back for Spurs with a looping finish but Sheffield stood firm and held out for all 3 points, on a dramatic day off football in WSL2.
Speaking after the game, Sheffield manager Zoe Johnson said: “For the fans it was an absolutely fantastic game, hopefully it gets more of them back down.
“It had everything that could possibly be thrown at you in a game: a penalty and 2 red cards against a very good side . The girls stayed resilient and I couldn’t be any more proud of them.
“We’ve come so close in our last few league games. They shoe the same desire week in week out and we end up getting a little but unfortunate in games and sometimes you need a bit of luck to go your way.”
Hannah Cain’s red card was somewhat controversial, with the exact details still to be uncovered. “I think it had been going on for a while” said Zoe on Cain’s sending off, “Our player has got some marks but I don’t know about theirs. Well review the footage. There’s not really much we can say about it because we didn’t see it.”
Next up for Sheffield Ladies is an away trip to Durham in the FA Cup. “It’s a massive game at the weekend said Zoe, “I was just saying to the girls that we massively deserved that and it’s been coming for a long time. That win should hopefully shape out season and the Durham game.
“If we shoe the character we showed today and possess the qualities we had in the first half in possession, then hopefully the game will go out way. Durham are a fantastic team and we’ve played them a lot, in the cup and in the league for the last few seasons. It’s always a hard fought game and we’re going to have to be at our very best.”