WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Lauren's late leveller gets United off mark

Kayleigh Hines is mobbed after scoring Oxford United Ladies’ first goal in their 2-2 draw against Reading at Abingdon United yesterday

Kayleigh Hines is mobbed after scoring Oxford United Ladies’ first goal in their 2-2 draw against Reading at Abingdon United yesterday

First published in Sport

Lauren Allison opened her account for the season with a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Oxford United claimed their first point of the season in Women's Super League 2.

Kayleigh Hines had earlier cancelled out Fran Kirby’s opener with a fine strike against her old club, but Lauren Bruton put the visitors back in front late on.

And just when all had seemed lost for United, Allison was on hand to head in a dramatic leveller.

The U’s had to sustain since heavy pressure from the visitors in the opening exchanges, but could have opened the scoring.

Hines danced away from two challenges before shooting from distance, with Reading goalkeeper Nicky Davies making a save at full stretch.

But it was the visitors who made the breakthrough after 27 minutes.

Kirby, who last week became the first Women’s Super League 2 player to be called up for the England squad, beat two defenders before firing into the top corner past Hannah Cox in the Oxford goal.

Cheryl Williams almost doubled their advantage when she got the wrong side of the United defence, but Cox parried her shot away.

Oxford were much improved after the break and pulled themselves level when Hines fired home a 20-yard shot past Davies.

The visitors remained dangerous despite an improved showing from Oxford and Cox was required to deny Kirby twice more.

But she was beaten with just 11 minutes remaining by a magnificent curling effort from Bruton, which appeared to have handed victory to Reading.

But the U’s fought back strongly and two minutes into injury time won a point when Allison rose to head in substitute Katie Stanley’s fine floated cross.

Oxford Utd: Cox, Hines, Osborne-Ricketts (Mobbs 70), Chivers, Allison, Pickett (Stanley 62), King, Nutman, Connor-Iommi, Lane, Low (Hughes 86). Sub not used: Lambourne.

Attendance: 280.

Latest Sport news

Brian Howard's future at Oxford United up in the air

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

BRIAN Howard’s situation at Oxford United is unclear after head coach Michael Appleton admitted he did not know whether the midfielder would be offered an extension to his short-term contract.

Piri Weepu returns to London Welsh starting line, but will play at fly half

Oxford Mail: London Welsh are staying at the Kassam

12:33pm Friday 19th December 2014

PIRI Weepu returns to the London Welsh starting line-up for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership fixture with Saracens at Allianz Park (KO 3pm).

Ashby's Oxford United debut is a matter of timing - Appleton

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

JOSH Ashby is good enough to play in Oxford United’s side right now, but the teenager knows his time will come, according to head coach Michael Appleton.

Worried Hartlepool boss compares Oxford United to Real Madrid after scouting trip

Oxford Mail:

9:40am Friday 19th December 2014

RONNIE Moore is braced for a tough first game in charge of Hartlepool United after comparing opponents Oxford United to Real Madrid.

Oxford United striker John Campbell is keen to make his mark at Hartlepool

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 19th December 2014

John Campbell admits it would be difficult to keep his kit on if he was able to make an impact on debut for Oxford United tomorrow.

Interactive match preview: Appleton and Hylton on goals; Moore likens United to Real Madrid; Howard's future; Ashby; club stalwart departs + video

Oxford Mail:

9:34am Friday 19th December 2014

Get ready for kick-off with our interactive preview of Oxford United's trip to Hartlepool

Barren run in front of goal not affecting Oxford United's top scorer

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 19th December 2014

THERE were times earlier this season when it felt like Danny Hylton was scoring in every game, but Oxford United’s top scorer is not getting weighed down by a sudden barren run in front of goal.

Appleton puts faith in his poachers to improve Oxford United's goal return

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 19th December 2014

FINDING a predator to turn dominance into goals has been an Achilles’ heel for Oxford United this season, but Michael Appleton is hopeful two candidates will emerge over the festive period.

Oxford United lay on three free supporter coaches for Hartlepool trip

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 19th December 2014

ABOUT 150 supporters have taken advantage of Oxford United’s offer of free transport to tomorrow’s game at Hartlepool United.

FOOTBALL: North Leigh boss Mark Gee is wary of Wantage threat

Oxford Mail: North Leigh boss Mark Gee is confident his side will be stronger next season

7:30am Friday 19th December 2014

North Leigh boss Mark Gee admitted he is ‘wary’ of struggling Wantage Town as his side travel to Alfredian Park in Division 1 South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League tomorrow, writes Matthew Bruce.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree