Match Report | OUWFC vs Durham
Oxford United Women kicked off 2018 with an entertaining match against Durham that ultimately ended in a loss.
Certainly a match of two halves, The Yellows started the match on the front foot and took the game to Durham.
After just four minutes the home side scored. A corner was cleared only to be worked back out with to Emily Allen – she fizzed a cross in which was parried by the Durham goalkeeper, Megan Borthwick, right into the path of Kayleigh Hines to stab home. The fourth of the season for the midfielder.
While Oxford tried lofted balls over the top their best chances came from the wing play. Low drilled crosses from full-backs Ellis Hillman and Ella Franklin-Fraiture caused the away side trouble.
In the 21st minute Durham got their response. The Wildcats pressed high and pounced on a loose ball, Beth Hepple managing to slot the ball into the bottom corner.
The second half was full of goals and drama.
After Demi Lambourne had made a couple of terrific, brave stops at the feet of Durham attackers the away side found another way past her. Zoe Ness made it 2-1 after a deflected cross landed at her feet in the Oxford box.
It became 3-1 in the 68th minute when the home side failed to deal with a corner, Sarah Robson profiting.
Chloe Chivers was substituted on and added a different dimension to Oxford’s play. In the 75th minute she thought she had scored, lobbing the keeper only to see Kathryn Hill brilliantly clear it off the line.
After a brief halt in play due to an injury to the referee – with a volunteer stepping up from the crowd to take over at linesman – the game resumed with end-to-end play.
In the 78th minute Oxford surged forwards and Taome Oliver found Ellis Hillman inside the box, she struck a left-footed shot into the top corner to narrow the deficit to one.
Unfortunately for United, Durham immediately scored again, Ness with her second from a corner.
Oxford United are back in action against Aston Villa at Court Place Farm on the 28th January, kick-off is at 14:00.
OUWFC lineup: Lambourne; Franklin-Fraiture, Short, Haynes ©, Hillman; Williams, Noble (Donovan 61’), Hines, Carlton; Allen (Chivers 63’), Oliver
Unused subs: Skinner, Baker, Fyfe, Pickett, Tilbury