Birmingham University 2nd XI too strong for women’s Blues

Vivek Lodhia reports on the women’s football Blues’ latest match

A wet and windy day at Marston was the setting for the Womens’ Blues XI to face a strong Birmingham University 2nd XI. The Blues came out showing real intent, with pressing opportunities in the first 10 minutes for the home side. Some imaginative wing-play led to a narrowly missing overhead attempt from Oxford striker Tina Gough.

Birmingham seemed to find some fight and managed to lob keeper Alison Feder with a shot from outside the box. Oxford carried on the onslaught of attacks with a strike from Christine Obadashian hitting the woodwork. After the rather unfortunate first half, skipper Kimberly Kilmartin led out her team who once again showed attacking intent, and some intracate play led to a equaliser from Tina Gough, neatly slotting the ball into the bottom right corner. Birmingham’s reply was immediate, catching Oxford off guard and taking a 2-1 lead.

A scrappy corner sealed the deal for Birmingham at 3-1, but there is plenty for Oxford to take from this game, and much promise for the rest of the season.