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Oxford Utd 2 (Allison 1, Stanley 18) Everton 3 (Hinnigan 26, M.Turner 64, Williams pen 90)
A last minute penalty from Paige Williams sent Oxford crashing to a first defeat in four games as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Everton.
Goals from Lauren Allison and Katie Stanley had put the hosts two goals in front in the early stages, but they were pegged back by efforts from Michelle Hinnigan and Millie Turner, before being beaten in heartbreaking fashion deep into stoppage time.
United's starting eleven was unchanged from the side which beat London Bees the previous week, but with Laura Nichol suffering a foot injury during a development game during the week, 16-year-old Georgia Timms earned her first call up to the senior side, making a late appearance from the bench, whilst Laura Low was also among the substitutes again after missing out last week.
There were just 12 seconds on the clock when United took the lead, advancing immediately up the centre of the park before Lauren Allison finished Katie Stanley's through ball to open her account for the season. Everton's first touch of the ball was to pick it out of the net.
Stanley came just inches away from grabbing a goal herself in the 17th minute, trying her luck with an audacious lofted ball from all of 40 yards, which appeared to be dipping in before being tipped over by goalkeeper Kirstie Levell at full stretch. But Stanley didn't have to wait long for her goal, as just a minute later she doubled United's lead when she found herself in acres of space in the Everton area to fire home Holly Pickett's cross at the back post.
The visitors were shocked, but far from out of it as they piled on the pressure trying to find a foothold in the game. Goalkeeper Demi Lambourne had already been called into action to keep out Kelly Jones' low drive in the 15th minute and she was again alert to the danger soon after when Simone Magill outmuscled Rosie Lane to get the wrong side, but couldn't beat the keeper with her tame shot.
Lambourne was finally beaten in the 21st minute by a well placed free kick from Michelle Hinnigan, curling her effort from the edge of area into the left hand corner of the United net. After that it was one-way traffic until the break, with Everton pouring forward and putting the home side under considerable pressure. Claudia Walker twice went close with a pair of fierce strikes, the first of which was well saved by Lambourne and the second flying wide of the right hand post.
The visitors eventually got the goal they had been threatening shortly after the hour mark, Millie Turner heading home powerfully from a corner to restore parity. They almost seized the lead just moments later when Paige Williams whipped in a dangerous ball across the face of goal, but the unmarked Walker was unable to turn it in at the back post.
It was the visitors who looked the more likely to find a winner in the closing stages and United were indebted to Lambourne for keeping them in the game in 78th minute. After fumbling a ball across she responded excellently, first to block at the feet of Hinnigan before springing back into the air to tip Magill's follow up effort over the bar.
But after holding out remarkably well United were dealt a cruel blow deep into stoppage time. Danielle Turner seized on a misplaced backpass from Isi Meade only to be pulled down by Lambourne before she could apply the finish. Referee Shaun Berry had no hesitation pointing to the penalty spot and Williams fired the spot kick into the right hand corner.
Oxford Utd: Demi Lambourne, Chloe Bruce, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Rosie Lane, Isi Meade, Hanna Jaadla (sub Georgia Timms 83mins), Katie Stanley, Kayleigh Hines, Katherine Nutman, Holly Pickett (sub Ella Franklin-Fraiture 77mins), Lauren Allison (sub Laura Low 68mins). Subs not used: Hannah Cox, Amy Chivers, Gemma Simmonds.
Everton: Kirstie Levell, Danielle Lea, Lindsay Johnson (sub Ellie Stewart 83mins), Gabby George, Dan Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Millie Turner, Kelly Jones (sub Paige Williams 53mins), Claudia Walker, Simone Magill, Lucy Whipp (sub Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah 73mins). Subs not used: Megan Welsh, Vicky Jones, Emily Hollinshead, Lauren Davies.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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