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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

07 May 2023 Venue AGL Arena Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Ipswich Town
1 - 0
Oxford United
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Women Face Ipswich In First Versus Second Clash

Oxford United Women travel to Ipswich Town Women this Sunday, the 2nd of April.

30 March 2023

Oxford United Women travel to Ipswich Town Women this Sunday, the 2nd of April, in what is a massive game at the summit of the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.

Kick off is at 2PM at the AGL Arena and tickets cost £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for over 65s, £2.50 for under 16s and FREE for under 5s.

Tickets can be purchased online HERE or on the day at the gate.

The Tractor Girls sit top of the Southern Premier Division with a two point gap on United, but the U’s have two games in hand; a win would send the U’s a point clear at the top.

Both sides go into the game in fine form, Ipswich having won seven games in a row and Oxford on their own five game winning streak.

Manager Liam Gilbert doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the game however

“If you look at how everything has gone throughout the year, they squad been really level headed in how we’ve approach everything, how they’ve reacted and how they’ve taken everything on board.

“We know Ipswich is potentially a big game but we are in a position where we don’t necessarily have to win, but that being said we know what we want to do, we know how we are going to go about things and we know our game plan.

“The character that we have is incredible. We won 2-0 on the weekend and it wasn’t out best performance but it was professional. The way the squad picked apart their own performance before we need to pick anything apart as coaching staff is very special.

“The reaction and the levels at training were brilliant, and that shows a group that are all together in everything we’re doing and that’s going to be important going forward and how the fixtures have played out; we’re going to need each other.

“They’re as good at home as we are at home. They’ve been pushing the game massively and hopefully it’s a really well attended game and it should be a real spectacle for what the league is and two really good teams going head to head".

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Match Reports

Women Lose In Ipswich

U's beaten 1-0 to finish third

7 May 2023

Oxford United Women were beaten 1-0 by Ipswich Town Women on the final day of the season to miss out on the title.

Ipswich opened the scoring in the 59th minute through Freya Godfrey and the U's couldn't find an answer, the result meaning the U's finish third in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.

The U’s, as they had to, came out firing. Lacy Liggett fed Carly Johns for an early chance within two minutes, but Oxford’s top scorer couldn’t get her strike off, before Jenna Legg sent a strike sailing just wide of the top right corner from the edge of the box in the fifth minute.

As the game developed, Ipswich grew, and Amy Goddard and Riva Casley had work to do at the heart of the Yellow defence.

Oxford had the better chances of the half, none better than when Johns broke into the Ipswich box in the 24th minute. The striker had two bites of the cherry, both saved well by Sarah Quantrill.

Rose Kite didn’t have a lot to do in the other goal in an understandably cagey game, and Johns and Quantrill clashed again as the latter chased Ligget’s ball over the top. Johns tumbled in the box, but the referee waved away the Yellow appeals for a penalty.

Goalless at the half, and with Watford leading 3-0 at the break the U’s knew they needed a goal to be crowned Champions.

Kite did well under ealy pressure at the start of the second half, punching away two inswinging corners decisively amongst the bodies.

Ipswich were much better in the second period, and found the lead through Godfrey just before the hour mark. The forward, on loan from Arsenal, drove down the left and poked the ball under Kite to make it 1-0.

Tash Stephens, Taome Oliver, Iesha Swaby and Sarah King replaced Liggett, Cole, Johns and Shelly Provan after the goal as the U's tried to find a way back into the game and the title race, but Ipswich and Quantrill stood strong.

The Yellow shirts battled for the badge, as they have done all season, but it finished in a cruel way to end a magnificent year having only lost three games, and in which they've topped the table for the majority of the campaign.

A team to be proud of. A season to be proud of. Title contenders until the last minute.

We regroup and go again next year. Thank you for your incredible support this season.

LINEUP: Kite, Provan (King 85), Casley, Goddard, Gotch, Cole (Oliver 68), Burridge, Legg, Liggett (Stephens 63), Johns (Swaby 80), McLachlan

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