Men's Blues - Wednesday 10th October 2018 - BUCS South Prem - Cambridge Home
On the 10th October, Oxford Blues took on the Cambridge Blues (greens) in their first match of the 2018-19 season. It was set to be a thriller of a game; despite Oxford destroying Cambridge in the most recent Varsity match, history would suggest that for BUCS league games, both sides are exceedingly well matched. The result from this match may prove to be important in deciding the Southern Premiership placings, given Cambridge and Oxford occupied the top two spots last season.
In what was an aggressive and competitive first half, it was Cambridge who were the first to score. This failed to dishearten us however, and we quickly responded with a goal of our own. Possession was shared evenly between both teams although Oxford had significantly more shots on goal. This was unfortunately not reflected in the scoreline, which remained close and unusually low. We went into the half time drawn 2-2, but with the realisation that the win was very much within our grasp.
After a motivational team talk from Coach Sal, we marched back onto the pitch. The game continued much the same as the first half for its duration; the ball was transitioned back and forth with the scores remaining within one or two goals. With just 10 minutes to go, a string of amazing saves from the Oxford goalkeeper, Maddy Sketchley, kept the score to 5-4 Cambridge. Unfortunately my commitment to stealing the ball off the Cambridge keeper in the last 5 minutes proved slightly too much, and I earned myself a yellow card for checking her in the head. During this 2 minute man down period, Cambridge had the first possession and looked set to move in on goal, but some amazing defence from Oxford ensured a crucial turnover, meaning that Cambridge failed to fully capitalise on their man up period. With very little time left, we went into a high pressure defence, in hope that this risk would award us with a turnover. Unfortunately Cambridge managed to put another goal away, and it was they who were victorious at the sounding of the full time whistle.
Nevertheless it was a great game to watch, and gave both teams many things to consider and work on going into our next matches this season!
DOD: Alex Drewe