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30 August 2022 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Leyton Orient

U's face the O's in the Papa John's Trophy

30 August 2022

Oxford United welcome Leyton Orient to the Kassam Stadium this evening in the opening game of the Papa John's Trophy


The U's welcomed Marcus McGuane, James Henry and Alex Gorrin back for the win at Cheltenham on Saturday but are likely to take another look at their younger players tonight.

James Golding, Josh Johnson, Tyler Goodrham, Gatlin O'Donkor and Slavi Spasov all impressed against Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup last week and could be involved while Leeds loanee Lewis Bate is likely to return along with Ed McGinty and John Mousinho.

Billy Bodin is available despite his red card at Cheltenham - he will miss Saturday's home game against Burton instead


Leyton Orient Head Coach Richie Wellens says he will also make changes to his unbeaten O's side who stayed top of League Two with a 4-2 win over Hartlepool United on Saturday.

"We need players that are training really well every single day that deserve to be on the pitch, but at the moment we can't get them on," Wellens told the club website. "They will get an opportunity to go away at a good stadium against good League One opposition and perform well".


Tickets are available for this game for just £10 for adults and £5 for over 65s and under 16s.

The U’s are in Group G of this year’s competition and will also welcome Chelsea Under 21s to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday 4th October, kick-off 7.45pm and then conclude the group stages with a first-ever trip to Sutton United, with the game confirmed for Tuesday 18th October (7.45pm).

Book your place online at or call 01865 337533

There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand WILL NOT be in place so pedestrians can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand

The Football Special bus services are not running this evening

Click here for a full away fan guide: away fan guide 2223.pdf
Please park in the West Car Park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.


Click HERE for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium.


You can see the whole game in iFollow with interviews with all the key men after the game. CLICK HERE for a guide to which games will be streamed this season.
You can also follow the whole game on Twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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REPORT Oxford United 5 Leyton Orient 0

U's cruise in Papa John's opener

30 August 2022

Oxford United got their Papa John's Trophy campaign off to a winning start tonight with a resounding 5-0 win over League 2 leaders Leyton Orient.

First-half goals from John Mousinho and Cameron Brannagan were followed by goals from Kyle Joseph, Stuart Findlay and Matty Taylor after the break to give United the perfect start to their group games.

Karl Robinson's men set the tone when Billy Bodin floated over a perfect free kick in just the third minute and Mousinho showed us all what we have been missing by kneeing the ball home from close range for his first goal since 2019. Not many players have had an entire global pandemic in between goals, surely?


Orient, unbeaten in the league so far, changed all 11 players from the side that beat Hartlepool at the weekend, but United resisted that temptation and instead experimented with the shape of the team, playing with just three at the back and asking Bodin and James Henry to provide the width in midfield.

It worked well, with players swapping roles and both Brannagan and Lewis Bate popping up from midfield to test keeper Sam Sargeant with efforts from just outside the box.

Keeper Ed McGinty made an excellent save to preserve the lead on the half hour, smartly off his line to block a Ruel Sotiriou effort, but his opposite number bettered that with a flying save to deny Bodin two minutes later. The excellent McGuane stabbed an effort wide of the mark a minute later after some intricate build up play, but another good save was needed when McGinty stopped an Anthony Georgiou effort to keep it at 1-0.

An equaliser just before the break would have changed the flow of the game, but instead United capped a fine first 45 minutes when Brannagan doubled the lead, playing the ball into Bate, seizing on the one-two, and firing past the flying Sargeant with the last touch of the half.

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McGinty continued to impress with a good save from Zach Obiero soon after the interval, and Orient came at United with some good football. However, they were taking risks in doing so and just before the hour Joseph, having been turned away several times, found room between three men of the Orient to get a final touch after Taylor had headed goalwards.


Soon after, Findlay rose to glide home a simple header to make it 4-0 with his first goals for United and the U's were cruising to a first win in Group G.

The only thing we were missing was a goal for Taylor, and with seven minutes to go that came when Shadrach Ogie lost his bearings and presented the ball to last season's leading scorer, who danced round Sargeant and rolled the ball home for a much welcome first goal of the season.


When the Big Book of Oxford United is written, this game is not going to feature too prominently, but a win boosts confidence, it sets United up nicely for their two remaining group games against Chelsea U21 and Sutton United, there was a clean sheet for a young keeper, Taylor is off the mark and there were further chances for teenagers Gatlin O'Donkor, James Golding, Slavi Spasov and Tyler Goodrham to impress as subs.

Not a bad night's work at all.

Att: 1,374
Away: 132

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels and Steve Edmunds

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