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Birmingham City Ladies defender Aoife Mannion full of praise for recent signings after Oxford win

Solihull Editorial 7th Jul, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

DEFENDER Aoife Mannion believes confidence is high in the Birmingham City Ladies camp after extending their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions with a 2-0 victory at Oxford United.

Dave Parker’s side made hard work of their Super League Two opponents on Sunday but eventually ensured their name was in the hat for the quarter-final draw of the Continental Tyres League Cup thanks to goals from Andrine Hegerberg and Mel Lawley.

Hegerberg fired home from the penalty spot on 22 minutes after fellow new signing Isabelle Linden had been brought down in the box and Lawley put the result beyond doubt with a low shot seven minutes from time.

“It was a really positive performance from our team, especially the new girls like Bella (Linden), who won the penalty for us and Andrine (Hegerberg) who put it away, cool as you like,” said Solihull-born Mannion.

“We’re really happy for them and they’ve gelled in well with the team.

“Sunday’s performance really sums up well we’re going and how well we’re playing, and how positive we are at the moment.

“We could have been more ruthless, and we’ll be looking at improving at putting away our chances. But in a cup competition all the matters is the result.

“Yes, we had all the possession, but that doesn’t count for anything. We put two away, but it could have been more and we’ll have to improve that.”