In form Lygo fires Hat-trick
By Wayne Holden
Molly Lygo continued her impressive run of scoring with a hat-trick with a hare earned 5-2 away win to Milton United.
This game was played on Thursday night under floodlights in front of a bumper crowd, and the players of both sides put on a fantastic display of football.
City took the lead on 6 minutes with a superb goal, as Courtney Sumner picked the ball up inside her own half, and put a delightful pass with her outside of her right foot that split the Milton defence, and Molly Lygo timed her run to perfection, and took 1 touch, and then curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner. On 12 minutes City doubled the lead from a corner, as Courtney Sumner reacted quickest to score from close range. On 18 minutes it was 3-0, as another flowing move led to Lygo slotting her 2nd home from Lara Althorp's perfect pass. Milton then picked themselves up and never gave up, and broke through on a couple of occasions, but City's defence held firm for the remainder of the half, and 2 minutes before the break, City got their fourth as Ellie Larkin cut in from the right hand side and fired in an unstoppable shot to all but kill the game off.
With City 4-0 up at half-time, it allowed them to make 4 changes and rest players ahead of their fixture on Saturday against Moretonville. The first half belonged to City, but the 2nd half was a different story, as Milton showed great character to dominate long periods of the 2nd half, and they got a deserved goal on 52 minutes as they were awarded a penalty after a rash challenge from Amy Leach on Jordon Harries, gave the ref no option but to point to the spot. Gemma O'Donovan stepped up, but her spot kick was saved by Lucy Hunter, and the alert Harriette Titchener was quickest to react to follow up and give Milton a glimmer of hope. This really gave Milton belief, and they had another good couple of chances to get themselves back in the game, but on 65 minutes City went 5-1 up against the run of play as Lygo completed her hat-trick with a finish at the near post. Milton again did not let their heads drop, and continued to have a go at City and got another deserved goal with 15 minutes remaining as the impressive O'Donovan calmly lobbed the onrushing Hunter from 20 yards with a great finish to bring it back to 5-2. Although City had a couple of good chances to increase the lead in the last few minutes, no more goals were added, and the game finished Milton United 2 Oxford City 5.
Although City not at their best, credit must go to Milton, who made it very tough for City. City can be very happy to come away with another impressive away win against a good Milton United team.
Team: Hunter, Richards, Leach, Bostock, Parsons, Larkin, Althorp, Knight, Sumner, Lygo, Isaac. Subs: Smith, McCabe, Holden, Page.
Player of Match: Becci Bostock