Last minute winner for Blades’ Women at Spurs

Sheffield United Women shocked promotion candidates Tottenham Hotspur with a last minute winner in the capital yesterday.

Jade Pennock scored in the 92nd minute to secure all three points for the away side.

United started the game on the front foot against a below-par Spurs team but poor finishing and some good goalkeeping from Chloe Morgan stopped them from taking the lead.

Centre-back Danielle Cox had the best chance of the half with a low effort that was collected by Morgan, but the score remained 0-0 at the break.

Spurs started the day as league leaders and it was striker Jessica Ngunga who broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with a finish past Blades’ keeper Fran Bentley.

However, within 10 minutes, the Blades responded, as Ebony Salmon slotted the ball past Morgan to bring the score back level.

Both sides pushed for the winner in the last 20 minutes, but it was United who came out on top when Bex Rayner’s free kick found its way to Pennock who scored grabbed a last-minute winner.

Tottenham manager Karen Hills said her team were disappointed with the result but vowed to come back stronger next week against fellow title contenders Manchester United.

She said: “The girls are obviously disappointed and rightly so. They hopefully will go away and be self-critical and look at themselves and we’ll all work exceptionally hard to put it right for next week.

“We knew they were going to put pressure on us and ultimately they brought a game plan and stopped us playing and we found it hard to deal with.”

Blades’ manager Carla Ward had nothing but praise for her team.

She said: “That today was outstanding. To a player I could not tell you how proud I am of them.

“They were the better team, I think they wanted it more and as a whole today that was an unbelievable performance that deserved nothing less than three points.”

The win against Tottenham comes just five days after former Blades forward Sophie Jones was found guilty of directing racist comments towards Renee Hector in the reverse fixture in January.