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29 January 2023 Venue Robin's High Performance Centre Attendance

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Bristol City
4 - 0
Oxford United
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Women Up For The Cup

United travel to Bristol City in the Fourth Round of the Women’s FA Cup

26 January 2023

Oxford United Women face Championship high-flyers Bristol City Women in the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup this Sunday, the 29th of January.

Tickets cost £8 for Adults, £6 for Over 65s and Under 22s, and £1 for Under 19s, and can be bought online HERE

It should be a great game, as both sides are challenging for promotion in their respective divisions; the Robins currently sit second in the Barclay’s Women’s Championship with a game in hand on the league leaders.

United have been excellent in the WFA Cup this year, scoring 22 and only conceding once. They now look to test themselves against a side flying in the League above, which their unbeaten start to the campaign leaves them closing down on.

Goalkeeper Rose Kite told us:

“It’s going to be a massive test and I know the girls are really up for it. We’ve shown in the season so far that we deserve to be in that League, it’s a big test but it also gives us the chance to show what we’re about.

“We’ve trained really hard, and everything’s been high in the dressing room and out on the pitch. From the first session back we’ve all been on the same page and we knew it was going to be a good season.

“We do it because we love it and we’ll all show it on the pitch and leave our hearts out there and do what we can to get what we deserve and hopefully come back with a win.

Manager Liam Gilbert said

“Bristol are a very good side but it’s a challenge that we’ve all been really excited for ever since the draw was done. We know where we want to be as a club, as players and as coaching staff and this game will provide us the chance to show us we can compete at that level.

“It’ll be great to see some of the travelling Yellows in Bristol and as long as we continue to prepare right and apply ourselves correctly on the day, which I know the squad will do, then we’ll show a good account of ourselves.

Come along and show your support to help the U's attempt to make it to the Fifth Round.

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Match Reports

United Women Bow Out Of WFA Cup

U's lose 4-0 to Championship high-flyers Bristol City

29 January 2023

Oxford United Women put in a valiant performance but couldn't do enough to prevent a 4-0 defeat at Bristol City this afternoon.

The Robins scored either side of half time through Shania Hayles and Jodie Hutton, before Jesse Wooley and Emily Syme made it three and four to knock United out of the FA Cup in the Fourth Round.

United started with less of the ball than they are used to, as expected against the side that sit a point and a game in hand off the top spot in the Women’s Championship. Riva Casley and Jaime Gotch did well to stifle the initial waves of Bristol possession in the opening twenty, putting their bodies on the line.

Hayles, who looked dangerous from the get-go, had the first real chance of the game on the quarter hour mark, heading over the bar from the edge of the six yard box.

United answered well when Iesha Swaby turned on the edge of the box, struck across goal and forced an excellent save from Bentley down in the bottom right corner.

The midday fog had cleared and made way for sunshine. Naomi Cole cleared a Bristol corner off the line in the 26th minute, and Rose Kite did well to smother a cleverly taken free kick two minutes later.

There was a bizarre moment in the 33rd minute as Robins keeper Fran Bentley picked up the ball outside the area thinking the ref had blown for offside. Cole whipped the free kick in and Bentley made a good save but the flag went up.

Kite made two huge saves at the feet of Abi Harrison with two minutes of the half left, and it looked like United would make it to half time level, but in the last minute of the four added on, that changed.

Lacy Liggett conceded a free kick and the delivery deflected off Casley and Hayles was able to nod home from close range. United were unlucky to go into the break behind, but were level in attitude and application.

Sarah King replaced the cautioned Liggett at the break, but Bristol scored a quick second when Jodie Hutton tapped home from a few yards out as City broke down the left two minutes after the restart. United conceded at two bad times and gave themselves a hill to climb.

City stepped up their game, Hutton almost scoring again directly from a corner and then a free kick in the 55th minute.

Daisy McLachlan and Swaby made way for Georgia Hayes and Tash Stephens with twenty-five minutes to play as United tried to shake things up, but Jesse Woolley put the result beyond any doubt with a volley at the back post in the 69th minute.

Hayes then had to be replaced by Taome Oliver after going down with a knock and Emily Syme scored a great strike from range to make it 4-0 in the final ten minutes.

United were brave and played some good football, but the quickfire double either side of half time sunk them, and Bristol's class that sees them fighting for promotion to the top flight showed.

Only the U's' second defeat of the season, all focus now turns to the Southern Premier Division as United take on Cheltenham Town Ladies next Sunday. See you there.

LINEUP: Kite, Provan, Gotch, Casley, Stevens, Cole (Gray 88), Burridge, Johns, Liggett (King 45'), Swaby (Hayes 65), McLachlan (Stephens 65)

Report by Billy Lawrence, pictures Darrell Fisher


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