Dragons return from Oxford disappointed after suffering a narrow defeat

Report by Matt Priest

Zoe Barratt’s penalty proved the difference between the sides as Cardiff City Ladies return from Oxford with a 1-0 defeat.

It was a slow opening 10 minutes for both teams, Oxford started on the front foot with a pair of chances through Katie Weisman but Cardiff’s defence stood strong. 

Cardiff’s first chance of the game came in the 11th minute after Emily Poole dispossessed the Oxford midfield and created a counterattack which led to corner.

Oxford sustained a period on the front foot with Izzy cook’s long range shot in the 20th minute being the best chance thus far. City’s defence stayed strong however to keep the deadlock.

Tianna Teisar’s skilful run around the Oxford defence allowed for Tia Asker to have a shot at the back post 25 minutes in which skimmed wide.

Cook had another chance as a long ball over the top let her run through the Cardiff City defence but once again she put her shot wide.

Shelly Provan put a tantalising ball into the box on the half hour mark but Oxford forward Cook could not connect with it.

Oxford took the lead on the stroke of half-time through a Zoe Barratt penalty after a wayward back pass meant Laura O’Sullivan dove for the ball taking out the Oxford striker in the box.

Tianna Teisar produced the first chance of the second half, breaking into the area before seeing a powerful shot blocked. 

Teisar would be the architect of Cardiff’s next big chance, swivelling on the edge of the area and producing a shot, only to see it held by Paris Seracombe in the Oxford goal.

Carys Bufton lobbed Seracombe in the 76th minute who juggled the ball on the line, resulting in many to appeal the Referee’s decision to not award the goal.

Cardiff really found their foot in the game in the second half but couldn’t quite find the back of Seracombe’s net.

The final minutes of the game were much of the same as Cardiff struggled to find the back of the net after some sublime play from out the back.

The Dragons next game is away to MK dons next Sunday the 24th of March.

Thank you to all the supporters who made the trip down to Cirencester to support the girls.