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Oxford United were in imperious form as they dominated an enthusiastic Oxford University side 7-1 in Thursday's Town v Gown match at Iffley Road.
Lauren Allison helped herself to a hat-trick, while Helen King, Lindsay Pinker, Ella Franklin-Fraiture and Katie Stanley were also on target.
The U's raced into an early lead, Lauren Allison heading in Katie Stanley's cross with just two minutes on the clock. They doubled the lead after 14 minutes when Helen King evaded her marker before steering a header just out of reach of the goalkeeper to nestle in the corner of the net.
It was by no means one way traffic, however, and ten minutes later the students were back in it, as Tina Gough broke swiftly into space on the right hand side. With no attackers in the box it appeared as if her ball in would pose little threat but it caught out goalkeeper Demi Lambourne and snuck in at the far corner.
United's response was swift and on the stroke of half-time Allison made it 3-1, finally poking home from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
After the break United began to pile on the pressure, scoring four unanswered goals, though it could have been more. Holly Pickett's cross almost found the far corner of the net in the opening minutes but was just deflected wide for a corner. And United extended their lead from the set-piece, Lindsay Pinker heading in after the defence had failed to effectively clear.
Allison grabbed her hat-trick shortly after, floating a ball in from wide on the right which evaded everyone before dipping into the top corner. United were well in the ascendancy by this point and debutant Academy player Ella Franklin-Fraiture soon added a sixth with the pick of the bunch, firing across the face of the goal from the edge of the area and leaving the keeper with no chance.
Impressive winger Katie Stanley must have thought it wouldn't be her night as she was twice denied after getting the wrong side of the defence. On the first occasion she was thwarted by the legs of the goalkeeper, while on the second she first struck the right post before then hitting the opposite post on the rebound.
But she finally got the goal she deserved five minutes from time, finding space on the edge of the box to turn and then strike low into the bottom corner to put the final touches on a commanding performance.
In the men's game which followed, the United development squad ran out 5-0 winners against the University men's team.
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