Game of 2 Halves
By Wayne Holden
Oxford City Ladies Under 18's travelled to Winchester City for a 5.30PM kick-off under floodlights.
Both teams were joint top going into this game with Winchester having a game in hand, so this was vital that City did not lose the game if they wanted to remain in the championship battle.
You could see from the start that City were determined to come away with all the points, and they got off to a blistering start, as Molly Lygo hit an absolute stunner from 25 yards to give the Winchester keeper no chance with only 6 minutes on the clock. 2 minutes later, and Courtney Sumner said anything you can do, I can do too, as she hit a carbon copy of a 25 yard screamer past the helpless keeper to put City in dreamland and 2-0 up. City continued to dominate the first half, and but for some fine saves from the Winchester keeper, City could not get that crucial 3rd goal, but were still pleased with their first half display.
Whereas the first half belonged to City, the 2nd belonged to Winchester, as they came out in the 2nd half a lot more determined, and on 56 minutes got themselves back into the game, as the impressive Francesca Thornton weaved her way past a couple of City defenders, and hit an excellent right footed shot into the top corner from the edge of the box to keeper Lucy Hunter no chance. This really gave Winchester the lift they needed and on 72 minutes they were level, as the same player had another fine finish to make the game all square. The game could have went either way with both sides having chances to wrap up the points, but it ended 2-2, which on reflection was probably the fair result in the end.
Both teams once again put on a fantastic display of football, and the league remains very tight, and will probably go all the way to the final game of the season when the 2 teams meet again.
Team: Hunter, Austin (Captain), Leach, Bostock, Parsons, Harrison, Knight, Sumner, Lygo, Larkin, Isaac. Subs: Smith, Richards, Althorp.
Goalscorers: Molly Lygo, Courtney Sumner.
Player of Match: Alexis Parsons