Brighton & Hove Albion Women progressed to the fourth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup with a 10-0 demolition of Women’s Super League Two (WSL 2) side Oxford United at Culver Road.
Taylor 2, 53
Natkiel 27, 70, 72
Gurr 31, 85,90
- Albion progress to the fourth round of the SSE FA Women’s Cup
- The Seagulls make it nine wins in a row with victory over Women’s Super League 2 (WSL 2) side Oxford United
- Charlotte Gurr and Kate Natkiel both score hat-tricks
- The victory is Brighton’s biggest win of the season
The win was Albion’s ninth in a row and means the Seagulls have scored 17 goals in their last two SSE FA Women’s Cup matches.
Brighton could not have hoped for a better start when Deanna Cooper’s ball caught out the Oxford defence and put Amy Taylor through on goal. The Albion striker kept her nerve and slotted home to give the hosts the lead inside two minutes.
Brighton’s determination to prove they can play at a higher level was illustrated by their play early on, after they doubled their lead in the seventh minute. Jay Blackie’s pass across the face of goal found Sophie Perry, who finished from close range.
The Albion attack never let up and it was 3-0 when Kate Natkiel’s deflected shot beat Hannah Cox in the Oxford goal after 27 minutes.
Albion had their fourth goal four minutes later when Charlotte Gurr shot past Cox after being played through by Taylor.
Brighton continued to dominate their WSL 2 opponents after the interval and soon extended their lead to five. Charley Boswell beat a United defender and laid it on a plate for Taylor to grab her second of the afternoon.
Gurr, Taylor, and Kate Natkiel all had chances to add to extend Albion’s lead, but the woodwork and Cox combined on multiple occasions to keep them at bay.
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Natkiel was outstanding on the day, as she brushed past two Oxford defenders and passed the ball into the net for her second and Brighton’s sixth of the afternoon.
The Albion midfielder secured her hat-trick two minutes later when her driven strike found the bottom corner.
Lisa Fulgence came off the bench to score Albion’s eighth, before Gurr curled a free-kick into the top corner to make it 9-0.
Gurr then got herself on the end of Perry’s cross to complete her hat-trick at the death.
Albion will now go into the pot for the SSE Women’s FA Cup fourth round draw, with the ties scheduled to be played on Sunday 28th February 2016.
Up next for James Marrs’s side is Chichester City in a Sussex Challenge Cup semi-final at Culver Road next Sunday.
ALBION: F Baker; E Baker, D Cooper, Ashton-Jones (Somes 67); Perry, Blackie, Barton (Young 79), Boswell, Gurr; Natkiel, Taylor (Fulgence 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson (GK), Ritchie.