BUCS and Cup Recap (Week 3)
Men’s Blues: The Blues continued their fine start to the season, extending their winning start with a 3-2 win away at Warwick. After a fairly abject opening 45, in which the Blues struggled to get started on a pitch that should have invited an expansive brand of attacking football, they trailed 1-0 at the break. Half-time brought some strong words of self-evaluation from a number of senior players and this, along with the introduction of Thelen shortly after, completely changed the game. An awesome 30 minute period saw the Blues overturn the deficit and seize an utterly dominant 3-1 lead, with goals from Thelen, Wicker (a first competitive OUAFC goal) and Eghleilib. The latter headed home for his third goal of the season in as many games. A late goal did not prove enough for the physical home side as the Blues defence stood resolute.
Women’s Blues: The Blues made up for a disappointing 1st week draw at UEA with an emphatic 7-0 win over the same side as they returned to face us on home soil. Having struggled to break down the UEA defence, the Blues were only 2-0 up at half time despite dominating the possession. However after the break, some fantastic balls from the defence and midfield began to carve open the back line, and some excellent finishes extended the lead.
Men’s Centaurs: The Centaurs had their cup run cut prematurely short by a very good Derby side on Wednesday. Despite an even first 45 minutes, the Oxford boys went into the break 1-0 after a series of ricochets fell to a Derby player 6 yards out. The second half saw a lot of possession and domination from the Centaurs, including some of the best football seen so far this season. A deserved equaliser was found through Takahiro Tsunoda. A huge challenge from Cantrill on the edge of the box meant the ball fell to Tsunoda who wonderfully finished on the half volley. However, the joys soon turned to despair, as Derby won the game late on with a once-in-a-lifetime overhead kick. Despite a good performance, it wasn’t to be the Centaurs day.
Women’s Furies: The Furies lost 5-2 at home to Loughborough, in a score line that didn’t reflect their very good performance. Despite the teams being evenly matched for the majority of the game, with the teams being tied 2-2 at 60 minutes, with the Furies seemingly on top, Loughborough turned the game around and capitalised on tired legs to score three goals in quick succession. An unfortunate result for the Furies, but a good performance nonetheless.
Men’s Colts: Colts went down 2-1 away to neighbours Brookes in a closely fought match. They started slowly, and found themselves one down after 5 minutes which was closely followed by a questionable 2nd which seemed to have defied the laws of physics and gone over the line off the crossbar. However, the Colts stepped it up from there and took the game to their opponents for the next 75 minutes and were rewarded with a goal from Clifford after a through ball from Guzel. Despite their best efforts, the equaliser was not to come and Brookes took the points.