Match Report: OUWAFC Blues
The Blues were looking to avenge last week’s defeat but were ultimately unable to fight back with a small, heavily injured travelling team, away at Cambridge. Before the game had even begun, the Blues were up against it, as key midfielder Ellana Slade went down injured in the warm up, unable to continue. The women were then once again tasked with coming back from behind as a shaky start led to two early Cambridge goals resulting from scrappy play in the penalty box. To make matters worse, only fifteen minutes in, the Blues suffered their second injury (of four that day), forcing them to play their last sub.
In a similar way to last week (see a pattern emerging), the second half started much more strongly for the Blues, as they were to hold off the Cambridge attack and even able to sneak in a goal of their own. A wonderfully weighted ball over the top from Brigid Lahiff allowed Erin Robinson to run on and fire the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-1. However, ultimately Cambridge’s aerial threat and dominance in the box proved too much for Oxford, with the game finishing 5-1. Special mention must go to the Blues captain, Lucy Harper, for managing such a difficult situation so well, and for keeping all her team grounded in light of defeat. In her own words, “we’ll let them have this one”, as this comes as the first time in over four years, Cambridge women have won a match v Oxford.