Sunday 4 March 2018

Academy update - Development team

Interview with midfielder Shona Chitate-Samuriwo following a 3-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs Ladies' development team recovered from back-to-back defeats with a 3-1 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion development last Sunday (25th February), writes Rosie Bonass. 

Shaun Harris' side had a positive start to the new year with a thumping 5-0 win over London Bees, however two disappointing loses to Arsenal and Chelsea followed this, leaving the team with many lessons to learn.

Chitate-Samuriwo making an impact on her return to the club.

Chitate-Samuriwo making an impact on her return to the club.

Spurs responded well in a win against the Seagulls last Sunday and it was Shawna Harvey who kicked off a pleasant afternoon as she converted from a Sophie Tudor free kick to give the team a deserved 1-0 lead.

The Lilywhites went on to dominate the match and it was Shona Chitate-Samuriwo who doubled the advantage before striker Katie O’Leary calmly put away a penalty kick to make it 3-0.

The development side didn’t manage to get a clean sheet on the day as Albion pulled one back through Millie Carter in the last fifteen minutes, but Spurs remained in control and comfortably secured all three points.

On recovering from two consecutive defeats, midfielder Chitate-Samuriwo said: “It was massively important as those results could have easily knocked our confidence going into the Brighton game.

“We chose not to dwell on them but to learn from them and put the work in at training to make things right.”

Chitate-Samuriwo, who scored on her return following a brief absence from the club was thrilled to be back on the pitch playing for Spurs and acknowledged the team’s satisfying display both on and off the pitch:

“It was an amazing feeling (to score) as I spent the best years of my footballing life at the club, so it was special and helped us get the three points and boost our confidence for the rest of the season.

“I think our attitude is what I was pleased with the most. There was a good atmosphere in the changing room and before the game we were all focused, we knew what we had to do and how important it was to get the three points.

“As a collective we worked well together covering, supporting and pressing. We could have scored a lot more and we were disappointed that we conceded, but overall it was a good performance by us.”

The side return to league action on 11th March when they face 10th place Oxford, but results this season have taught the team that they cannot afford to be complacent.

“The recent results in our league show that we can’t guarantee anything, but I have the utmost confidence in the girls that we have the ability and the drive to get the three points and put in a decent performance,” Chitate-Samuriwo concluded.

“It’s very challenging and we face some of the best teams in the country in our league but it’s something I embrace every time I play using it as an opportunity to better myself and learn. We worked so hard last season to get to this level and we deserve to be here.”

Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography.