OXFORD United Women’s development squad thrashed Kidlington Youth Ladies 9-0 to progress in the Oxfordshire FA County Cup.

United controlled the game from the first whistle at Court Place Farm, and took the lead with 19 minutes on the clock.

Isobel Kinsella was slid through on goal, and lifted the ball over the goalkeeper.

The U’s quickly doubled their lead when Aleasha Lunn broke down the right and sent in a low cross, which Holly Sellwood got onto the end of, firing a left-footed effort home.

United then scored three times in three minutes, as a Libby Gilmore header, long-range drive from Lunn and a Billie French volley from close range made it 5-0 at the break.

Poppy Dearlove had a couple of opportunities early in the second half, and made it 6-0 with 10 minutes of the second period played, when she cut inside and applied the finish.

With 13 minutes to go, French fizzed in a cross, which Erin Hartigan shot first time off the bar, for the seventh goal of the afternoon.

French then made it two for herself a minute later.

The U’s rounded off the scoring just before full-time when Hartigan scored a looping volley from just outside the penalty box.

Development squad manager George Anthony was delighted with the performance, and for his side to play in front of a crowd of 246 at Court Place Farm.

He said: “We challenged the players to go out and express themselves on the pitch and to be creative, I think we showed that.

“We really felt the support, we don’t tend to get these crowds at the training ground.

“To be able to play in front of a crowd with that capacity is really nice and a good feeling.

“We want to replicate what the first team are doing, and play the best football we can, and be as competitive as we can in the league and competitions that we’re in.”

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First team coach Kath Faulkner added: “It was important for the girls to have a different challenge, to come up against a team where they’re probably one of the favourites, alongside a couple of other teams in the county, but a little bit more pressure on them than they potentially have in the league system.

“To see how they handled that, and once they settled down, you could see the identity come through and that was really important for us to see, and dealing with playing in front of a big crowd, which they don’t normally get.”

Two-goal French said: “It was an amazing atmosphere and that really gave us a boost, so we want to thank the fans.

“It was a really well-rounded team performance to keep that unbeaten record going here. I should have got a hat-trick, but we won’t talk about that.”