Match Reports: OUWAFC Blues and Furies
OUWAFC Blues 0-2 Birmingham University 2nds
Only 3 days and 2 training sessions since trials, OUWAFC Blues faced Birmingham University Women’s 2nds in their first game of the season. The two teams had faced each other last year in a cup tie, with the Blues advancing to the next round 4-2, despite going two goals behind in the first half. After an unsteady start the Blues found themselves two goals down again in this match. Despite growing into the game and arguably playing the better football in the second half the Blues couldn’t repeat history with another comeback. Fresher Rani Wermes, however, came closest with a shot many other referees would have judged to have gone over the line. Although disappointed not to have taken any points from the game the dominant second half midfield performance and the confidence displayed by this years freshers mean they will go into next week’s game against Cambridge confident.
OUWAFC Furies 6-2 Lincoln University 2nds
The OUWAFC Furies faced recently promoted Lincoln in their first match of the year. Despite a limited pre-season and a couple of team members having run a half-marathon just 3 days before, the Furies were quick out of the blocks and soon went 2-0 up thanks to goals from Juliette Westbrook and this year’s captain Rebecca North. Lincoln grew into the game, however, but another goal each from Juliette and Rebecca saw the Furies end the half 4-2 up. The second half was again dominated by the Furies, featuring a goal from newbie Martha Comerford as a product of some build up play that Barcelona would have been proud of, and an absolute screamer from centre-back Charlotte Rougier. A 6-2 victory leaves the Furies feeling confident and ready to tackle the rest of the season.
By Lucy Harper and Viola Lough