U18's lose their 100% winning record
By Wayne Holden
City Ladies U18's lost their 100% winning start to the season against the only other unbeaten team, Winchester City 4-1 at home.
This game was played on the main first team pitch under floodlights immediately after the first teams game against Gosport Borough. Both teams went into the game unbeaten, so knew that the victors would put a huge stamp on the championship. The first half game did not disappoint as both set of players put on a fantastic display of free flowing football. The game swung from end to end, and chances went begging for both teams, but it was the visitors who drew first blood 3 minutes before half-time, as the impressive Hannah Chaffey, latched onto a through ball, and rounded the onrushing keeper, Lucy Hunter to slot home and send Winchester in 1-0 up at half-time.
The 2nd half started in much the same vein as the first half, and it was Winchester who got an early breakthrough 4 minutes in, as centre forward Beth Norman, used her strength to hold of the defender, and then kept her cool to clinically finish to give Winchester a 2 goal cushion. City did not let their heads drop though, and get themselves back in the game on 68 minutes, as Lara Althorp swung a corner in, and Courtney Sumner's first shot was saved by keeper Ellie White, but the ball rebounded out to Kiera Isaac, who fired in an unstoppable shot from 10 yards, 2-1. The game was now well poised again, but the turning point came 5 minutes later, as City were reduced to 10 players, as key player Molly Lygo was shown a 2nd yellow card for an apparent deliberate trip, and before City could really re-group they were 3-1 down a minute later as Chaffey added her 2nd with an unstoppable shot from 25 yards that sailed into the top corner, giving keeper Hunter no chance, 3-1 Winchester. City huffed and puffed, but really found it difficult to break down Winchester with 10 players, and it was Winchester who killed the game off on 87 minutes, as Norman got her 2nd with another excellent finish to make the final score Oxford City 1 Winchester City 4.
An excellent advert for Ladies football, and although Winchester have now leap frogged City to go top, their is still a long ay to go, and both teams can look forward to the next game.
Team: Hunter, Smith, Leach, Bostock, Parsons, Austin, McCabe, Knight, Sumner, Lygo, Isaac. Subs: Althorp, Holden, Richards.
Player of Match: Kiera Isaac