BETH Lumsden’s hat-trick earned Oxford United Women an exciting victory over Arsenal Under 21s of their remaining pre-season pleasant.
The midfielder scored twice within the second half to present Liam Gilbert’s facet their third straight win forward of Sunday’s FA Women’s National League Southern Premier opener towards Gillingham.
United might have gone forward inside two minutes at Court Place Farm, however Jade Grove miscued following good work from Carly Johns on the left flank.
Summer signing Lumsden had opened her U’s account in final month’s 3-0 win over Birmingham City’s Under 21s and she or he quickly confirmed her goalscoring prowess once more.
The former Charlton Athletic participant made run from deep within the seventeenth minute and was performed in a single-on-one, earlier than displaying nice composure to around the goalkeeper and end from a decent angle.
Sarah King had an effort cleared off the road, however the guests levelled halfway by means of the half.
Hannah Mackenzie dedicated a foul contained in the penalty space and an Arsenal participant dispatched the spot-kick, regardless of Paris Sercombe guessing accurately and diving to her left.
Johns continued to look full of life and despatched two efforts over the crossbar, just for the away facet to take the lead 9 minutes after the restart.
United didn’t clear a nook and Arsenal compelled the ball over the road to show the tables.
The U’s reached the final quarter nonetheless behind, however Lumsden swung the momentum once more.
The midfielder latched on to a unfastened ball and completed calmly with 20 minutes left, earlier than slotting house the winner one-on-one quickly after.
United held on and can hope their good type at Court Place Farm continues towards Gillingham.
Gilbert stated: “It was a unique sort of problem and I used to be actually impressed with the composure and the appliance.
“The approach we stored going and compelled issues, it was good to see us imagine in what we wish to do.
“They have been three superb objectives.”