Ini Umotong: Scoring against Oxford was no different

Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday held Oxford United to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining FA Women Super League (FA WSL) 2 match that saw Nigeria international Iniabasi Umotong score against her former team in front of 204 spectators.

It was Umotong’s goal that broke the deadlock in the 55th minute – after a goalless first half – to give the away side a deserved lead at Court Place Farm. She headed in a Sophie Perry free-kick to record her fourth goal in five appearances for Brighton in all competitions. Perry was a 46th minute substitute.

“It’s always a weird feeling playing against your old team,” Umotong told LadiesMarch. “But if anything, it makes me want the win even more. It’s more personal. I’ve been in a situation where I’ve played old teams before so I had experience with how to handle the situation.”

“Scoring against Oxford was no different than scoring against any other team. For me a goal is a goal no matter who it’s against,” the 23-year-old added.

Umotong’s goal lasted eight minutes before Chloe Chivers restored parity for Oxford, while Taome Oliver then turned the game on its head with the home side’s second goal.

But just when it seemed like Oxford would pocket all three points, Perry’s 25-yard free-kick in the 85th minute ensured that both teams shared the spoils. The equalizer came after Umotong had been subbed off in the 73rd minute.

“We are feeling a little disappointed not to get all 3 points. We feel we created far more chances but we weren’t clinical enough which cost us. So it’s frustrating,” Umotong explained to LadiesMarch.

“But Oxford are in good form this season and doing well, so a point away from home is accepted,” she concluded.

The only other time Oxford and Brighton met in the league was in this year’s Spring Series. Umotong was still with Oxford at the time and she failed to score in the clash at Culver Road which ended in a 1-1 draw.

While at Oxford, Umotong was FAWSL 2 top scorer in 2016 with 13 goals in 19 appearances. She also scored four times in seven matches during the Spring Series before her switch to Brighton.

Brighton are currently 6th in the FAWSL 2 table with 7 points from four matches, three points behind league leaders Millwall Lionesses. Oxford United Women are 4th with 8 points.

In the meantime, Umotong and her Brighton and Hove Albion side will be looking to cause an upset in their second FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match when they host FA WSL 1 league leaders, Chelsea on 1 November.

Not only are Chelsea merciless in front of goal having scored 19 times in four matches this season, they are also yet to concede.

Breaching that Chelsea defence would be Umotong’s concern tomorrow. The Seagulls defeated FA WSL 1 side Yeovil Town 4-2 in their opening cup game and Umotong was among the goals.

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