Oxford United Women stay top of the Women’s National League after a 4-1 win over Cardiff City Ladies at Court Place Farm this afternoon thanks to Hannah Mackenzie and Georgia Brown’s first goals for the club and further goals from Emily Allen and Molly Peters.
United made a brilliant start, breaking the deadlock on seven minutes through Allen when Lauren Haynes and Kayleigh Hines combined well to thread the ball around the edge of Cardiff’s box, Allen’s shot looping over O’Sullivan in the Cardiff net to give The U’s the early advantage.
On 20 minutes United doubled their advantage from Haynes’ corner, the United captain whipping in the cross for Brown to leap highest and guide the ball into the net with a header much to the delight of a home crowd of 248.
Cardiff pulled one back on 27 minutes but it was much of the same for United early in the second period - good work from McLachlan on the wing and industrious work in the middle from the trio of Haynes, Hines and Brown.
The third goal came from another set piece when summer signing Mackenzie rose highest from a corner and powered the ball past O’Sullivan on 62 minutes. And the fourth came soon after when September’s Player of the Month Peters extended her fantastic goalscoring form with a low driven shot into the corner of the net following an intelligent run past the Cardiff backline.
The U’s stayed strong late on to round off a very impressive performance and also end Cardiff’s 100% unbeaten streak to stay top of the league.
Oxford United Women
Kite, Wallace, Sims, Haynes, Beaver, McLachlan (Johns 81),Hines, Allen, Brown (Oliver 79’), Mackenzie, Peters (Bensted 85’)
Unused subs: Sercombe, Baker