Conti Cup: Alex Morgan misses in North London derby shootout


Despite not being broadcast on any major platforms, it would turn out to be a north London derby to remember at Meadow Park.

Arsenal played host to their neighbours in their most recent Continental Cup clash. However, despite both sides’ best efforts and four goals later, both come crashing out of the competition.

Tottenham Hotspur did well to hold the Women’s Super League heavyweights to a draw. Ria Percival cancelled out Vivianne Miedema’s early opener, followed by a Shelina Zedorsky equaliser at the death to snub Caitlin Foord of the winner.

The final moments of regular time ticked down and the match went to penalties to decide the bonus point. With neither side daring to make a mistake, the short straw fell to 2019 Ballon d’Or nominee Alex Morgan.

Alex Morgan steps up to take a penalty for Spurs. (Photo by Adam Davy)

The striker, on loan from NWSL outfit Orlando Pride, missed her spot-kick and awarded Arsenal the extra point.

For a few moments, the red side of the city were victorious. But for last season’s finalists, the celebrations didn’t last long as reality descended along with the evening mist.

Neither north London team will progress any further in the cup after falling short of the mark in an exhilarating derby.

For Morgan, it will be a tough pill to swallow, but focus must now shift back to the league. Spurs will prepare to face Brighton in their next WSL match as they look to put some extra daylight between them and relegation candidates Bristol City.

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