Match Reports: OUWAFC Furies
28/11/18 Furies 1-1 Birmingham City University 1sts
In the final fixture of term, the Furies faced Birmingham City University in a BUCS Midlands 3B League mid-table battle. Off the back of last week’s victory, and with a strong line-up including the new favoured central midfield partnership of Lowri Fernyhough, Juliette Westbrook and Jasmine Savage, the Furies entered the game wanting the win.
The opening passage was dominated by the Furies, and a well-worked move down the left wing saw Rebecca North force an early save from the BCU keeper. But in what has become an all too familiar story this season, the Furies let their standard drop and their opposition grow into the game. It was BCU who took the lead mid-way through the half after being awarded a free kick near the corner flag (we’re still not sure why), with the resulting scrap in the box seeing the ball end up in the back of the net.
With the Furies 1-0 down at the break and struggling to hold possession in the attacking third, ‘super-sub’ Eleanor Frew entered the game. However, it was BCU again who had the better of the chances in the second-half. Furies goalkeeper Emmie Halfpenny pulled out some blinding saves and brave clearances to keep the score at 1-0. After a change in formation and with 20 minutes to play, the Furies finally found their style. When Westbrook crossed the ball across the face of goal after a free-flowing move through central midfield, Viola Lough saw the opportunity to get on the scoresheet and bounded in from the left wing only to miss what can only be described as an open-goal (she blames it on all the time she spent last season trying to keep the ball out of the net). Fortunately, it was Westbrook again to rescue, as she eventually equalised from the edge of the box to put the Furies level. Despite being on the front foot for the remainder of the game, the Furies were unable to find the winner and had to settle for the draw.
The Furies will feel they deserved the 3 points, but nevertheless should be encouraged by the second half performance. The end of term sees the Furies say goodbye to our quick-footed right-back, Emily Schabes, who will be returning back across the pond next ‘semester’. An ever present figure on the pitch (/at Park end), she will be missed. The rest of the squad will rest up over Christmas - bring on the new year!