Wednesday 11 October 2017

Birmingham sweep Oxford aside in second half blitz

Three second half goals helped Birmingham secure their first FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup win

FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match
19:45, Wednesday 11 October 2017
Solihull Moors FC

Birmingham City Ladies Goal Scorers: Ayisi 38', Quinn 54', Ladd 86', Wellings 89'

Birmingham City kicked off their FA Women’s Super League Continental Tyres Cup with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Oxford United, who had defender Hannah Short sent off in the second half.

Late goals by substitutes Hayley Ladd and Charlie Wellings gave the scoreline an emphatic look after earlier strikes from Freda Ayisi and Lucy Quinn had put the Blues in control.

On the half-hour, Birmingham's Rachel Williams played in Andrine Hegerberg through the middle, only for U's 'keeper Claire Skinner to make a fine challenge as the Norwegian tried to round her.

The Blues broke through in the 38th minute, when Emma Follis' corner ran through to Marisa Ewers, who helped the ball towards goal and Ayisi back heeled into the net from close range.

Birmingham goalkeeper Ann Katrin Berger had to make a good block to deny Chivers early in the second half after a poor back pass had let her in.

The Blues were then able to put clear daylight between themselves and their visitors when Williams cut the ball back for Quinn, who took a touch before calmly finishing past Skinner.

Williams almost claimed the goal her efforts deserved when her superb header from Hegerberg's cross thudded against the underside of the bar.

Oxford's difficult task was made impossible by the sending-off of Short after 62 minutes when, as the last defender, she brought down Williams.

Now a player light, the U's conceded twice more in the closing stages, as Ladd bundled in a close-range header from Hegerberg's corner, before Wellings' neat finish completed the scoring.

Birmingham City midfielder Lucy Quinn said:

"I think we would have probably liked a couple more goals, given the chances that we had, but we ended up scoring four and we've come away with a win.

"Oxford are a really good team and they've got a good set-up and they've got some very talented and experienced players - I've been lucky enough to play with a lot of them.

"We knew they'd be tough and, give them their credit, they were a tough game and a 4-0 scoreline doesn't really do them much justice, but we had the chances and we took them.

"I'm pleased that I've got off the mark for the season - I'd been slightly frustrated to have not done it before tonight, but it's my first time in this full-time environment.

"I'm enjoying it and although I would have liked a couple more, it was nice to see it hit the back of the net."

Oxford United defender Steph Williams added:

"The red card killed us, to be fair, and it kind of went downhill from there. They had a goal in the first half which was a bit sloppy from our view, but in terms of the way we played, we played pretty well.

"I think we were unfortunate with that red card because it pinned us back then and we couldn't do anything about it. Up until, what was it, 60 minutes, we'd been doing pretty well.

"Hannah's red card is a hard one because she didn't mean to do it, but she didn't get the ball and she was the last defender, so I guess it would be a red card, on paper, but it was pretty harsh from our perspective.

"There's not a lot you can do up front when you've got less players on the pitch against a team from the league above - it was hard enough with 11 on the pitch."

Birmingham City 4

Ayisi 38, Quinn 55, Ladd 86, Wellings 89

Oxford United 0

Birmingham City (3-4-1-2): Ann Katrin Berger, Maddy Cusack, Meaghan Sargeant, Aoife Mannion, Emma Follis, Marisa Ewers, Connie Scofield, Lucy Quinn, Andrine Hegerberg, Rachel Williams, Freda Ayisi

Substitutes: Hayley Ladd for Ewers 45, Charlie Wellings for Williams 63, Shania Hayles for Ayisi 80

Substitutes not used: Hannah Hampton, Emily Westwood, Jess Carter, Abbey Leigh-Stringer

Bookings: none

Red cards: none

Oxford United (4-2-3-1): Claire Skinner, Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Hannah Short, Steph Williams, Ellis Hillman, Kayleigh Hines, Danielle Carlton, Emily Allen, Emily Donovan, Taome Oliver, Chloe Chivers

Substitutes: Corinne Yorston for Donovan 45, Flo Fyfe for Oliver 75, Riva Casley for Chivers 83

Substitutes not used: Demi Lambourne, Ellie Noble, Sophie Baker, Evie Gane

Bookings: none

Red cards: Short 62

Referee: Robert Massey-Ellis

Attendance: 445

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