Women and girls scored a massive goal against domestic violence by taking part in a football tournament to raise money for Oxfordshire shelters.

Nineteen teams from across the county and further afield kicked off the first women's five-a-side contest in Oxfordshire on Sunday.

There was fighting spirit and determination as players hit the pitches at Marlborough School's grounds in Woodstock for the knockout tournament.

In total, about 100 goals were scored - meaning a donation of at least £1,000 by sponsors Bradford Construction and Decorating of Oxford, which pledged £10 for every goal scored.

The Oxfordshire Ball was organised by former Oxford City footballer Stephen Fontaine to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence - and funds for Oxfordshire Women's Aid, which runs shelters for victims.

Among those taking part were his team, the Oxford Tremors, otherwise known as Survivors United.

Some of the 14- to 16-year-old girls involved with the team have themselves been victims of domestic violence, while others have experienced problems at school.

It was hit and miss as to whether the team would be able to play after their goalie suffered an injury, but they found a stand-in from another team.

Sixteen-year-old Laura Roper, from Blackbird Leys, Oxford, was among those playing. She joined the Tremors about three months ago after being told about the team by her social worker.

She said: "I used to play football when I was younger, but then stopped, and when I heard about this I thought I'd try it.

"We train three times a week and I've met some new friends - and I've even lost some weight."

Thames Valley Police's public protection unit had a stand at the event, offering advice about how victims of domestic violence can get support.

Artwork was also on display in a marquee set up in memory of Yvonne Heap, 39, who was stabbed to death by her former partner Nahed Akhter outside Cowley Police Station in 2003.

Paintings and collages were created by women and children staying at two refuges in Oxford and were auctioned off to raise money for Women's Aid.

Freelance artist Clair Aldington worked with the victims over two days after Mr Fontaine, her friend, suggested the idea for the Oxfordshire Ball.

Mr Fontaine, a freelance journalist, said: "My team lost every game, but they played really well and by letting in 10 goals, they raised £100.

"They were playing against teams with players who play every week, and they only lost games by a couple of goals.

"I would especially like to thank Oxford City Girls under 14s - one of their star players scored 16 goals, which would have raised £160.

"We will be holding the event again next July."

The final was won by Newport Pagnell B, who beat Oxford City Ladies in a thrilling final.