Oxford Hawks Under 18 Girls matched the Ladies 1st XI on Sunday when they defeated Richmond Jaguars 3 - 0 to also qualify for the quarter finals of their EH knockout competition. While the 1st XI had to make a 400 mile round trip to secure their place in the last eight, the junior side had a slightly kinder home tie against Richmond.
Hawks started strongly and were soon rewarded when Saskia Delacave neatly beat a defender in the circle before scoring from close range. After this, Hawks continued to dominate most of the first half, but could not extend their lead and at times, Richmond looked dangerous on the break making sure that the Hawks defence of Katie Cannon, Georgia Perkins, Louisa Heathcote and Alina Khan together with Issy Atkins in goal were kept on their toes.
The second half saw Hawks step up the pace and a fine piece of attacking saw Louisa Heathcote lead through from full back to finish well and increase Hawks' lead. Eva Den Hartog and Elisha Evans worked hard in midfield and created several good attacks and it was only some great goalkeeping by the Richmond keeper that prevented Hawks from scoring more with forwards Emily Black, Bethany Nagle and Anna Lingard Bright all threatening the opposition goal. Megan Magrosky took over goalkeeping duties in the second half but was rarely troubled and Lucy Millington managed to make the final score 3-0 with a fine solo run and a tight angle finish minutes before the end.
The team now have a long cup break before they face East Grinstead at home on 1st March.