Match Report: Oxford United vs Cardiff City Ladies (2-0)

Updated: Jan 23

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By Lee Clow

Cardiff City Ladies suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Velocity Stadium.

Two goals from Beth Lumsden secured the three points for the Yellows despite the spirited fight from Cardiff in the second half.

Throughout the first half, the home side dominated the game as they took control of possession and began creating chance after chance.

The cross bar and Laura O’Sullivan kept Oxford at bay for the opening 20 minutes, but their constant pressure soon paid off.

A lovely cross from the left-hand side was taken down beautifully by Lumsden, who then swivelled and struck low into the bottom corner, beating O’Sullivan in net.

The hosts continued to dominate until the half time whistle, but Cardiff remained strong in defence keeping the deficit down to just one.

In the second half, the visitors made a change by bringing on Ellie Sargent for Kaitlyn Morgan, and the substitute made an instant impact by leading the charge in attack.

After a breakthrough, Sargent saw a shot deflect over the bar and from the following corner, Ruby Scahill unleashed a thunderous effort which went agonisingly wide of the goal.

Following their two early chances in the second half, Cardiff looked like a revitalised side, while Oxford looked the total opposite and failed to regain their first half control.

In their pursuit of a deserved equaliser, Cardiff were hit with a sucker punch blow, 15 minutes before time, as the hosts doubled their lead via Lumsden again, who expertly volleyed home from a pin point cross.

The goal appeared to suck the energy of out of the visitors which allowed Oxford to regain control of the match.

The Yellows held out for the remainder of the second half as they extended their unbeaten run at home as well as leaving Cardiff without a win since October.

Cardiff are back in action on Sunday 23 as they take on Plymouth Argyle away from home in the FA Women’s National League.