A last minute strike from Laura Low completed the comeback for Oxford United Women as they won 2-1 against London Bees in their FA Women’s Super League 2 campaign.
The game started slowly as both sides adapted from their six week break due to the Women’s World Cup in Canada, but the home side were awarded a penalty after 30 minutes when Isi Meade fouled Emma Whitter. Andria Georgiou stepped up, and despite the U’s keeper Demi Lambourne diving the right way, it went in to give the Bees the lead.
The visitors looked for an immediate reply but both Helen King and Holly Pickett were unable to meet Katie Stanley’s cross after some clever play down the right. Stanley then raced forward again before assisting Ella Franklin-Fraiture, but the latter’s effort was blocked.
With the U’s attacking, the Bees looked to counter, and Lambourne was forced to make a couple of vital saves to keep the host’s lead to just one goal.
Despite ending the half under defensive uncertainties, the U’s began the second half a lot brighter and took the lead within a minute of the restart. Kayleigh Hines, who had picked the ball up on the right, noticed the Bees keeper Sophie Harris off her line, and attempted an audacious effort which looped over the keeper from 30 yards to bring the game level.
King then had the opportunity to give the U’s the lead, but her long range effort sailed over the bar, before the Bees again launched a counter attack as Billie Brooks’ effort forced Lambourne into another save.
With time running out, the game looked like it would be a stalemate. That was until substitute Laura Low latched on to a successful through ball before striking home past Harris to give the U’s the well deserved three points.