WSL: Tottenham left frustrated by late Everton equaliser

Grace Clinton of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Aurora Galli and Karoline Olesen of Everton
Grace Clinton of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Aurora Galli and Karoline Olesen of Everton (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur were made to pay for not taking their chances as a late Everton penalty pegged them back at Brisbane Road on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts were looking to build on their impressive start to the season. Meanwhile, the Toffees were coming off a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester United before the international break.

Starting XIs

Tottenham Hotspur

Spencer; James, Bühler, Bartrip, Neville, Ahtinen, Spence, Summanen, Ildhusøy, Thomas, Clinton

Everton

Brosnan; Vanhaevermaet, Finigan, Veje, Payne, Oleson, Galli, Wheeler, Bennison, Snoeijs, Bissell

How it went

Spurs started well and within the opening five minutes, Everton keeper Courtney Brosnan was called into action to save a goal-bound effort from Celine Bizet on the line after she connected with a lovely ball in from Ash Neville.

The Blues worked their way back into proceedings and Katja Snoeijs was only denied by a great block from Molly Bartrip after 13 minutes.

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A great run and shot from Grace Clinton was snuffed out by Heather Payne after the quarter hour mark. This came just before Brian Sørensen’s team nearly took the lead courtesy of Snoeijs. She punched a header into the ground but was denied by a great save from Becky Spencer on the line.

Martha Thomas was next to try and break the deadlock with five minutes of the first half to play. She was denied by Brosnan twice in quick succession. There were big appeals for a handball from the resulting corner but referee Emily Heaslip was unmoved and waved away the Tottenham protests.

Spurs eventually got the goal that their play arguably deserved. Clinton powered home a pinpoint cross from Drew Spence with two minutes to go until the break.

Everton snatch late lifeline

More fantastic goalkeeping from Brosnan denied Clinton as the second half got underway with Tottenham looking to double their lead.

Jess Naz came on and fired just wide of the far post with 25 minutes to play. Five minutes later, a great through ball from Clinton to Thomas had just a little too much on it, allowing Brosnan to sweep up.

Still, Spurs created chances. Spence nearly caught Brosnan off her line but the Everton keeper recovered to make a routine save.

Just as it looked as the afternoon was drifting towards a quiet conclusion, Everton made Tottenham pay for their inability to make their chances count.

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Two Toffees subs combined when a great cross in from Megan Campbell found Martina Piemonte, who had her header cleared off the line. As Spurs tried to clear their lines, Payne was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot.

Aurora Galli made no mistake, smashing the penalty high into Spencer’s right hand side to bring the visitors level in the 83rd minute.

Tottenham created a couple of half chances after the restart, but a resolute Everton defence saw the game out to claim a share of the spoils in front of 1,920 fans.

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