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02 August 2019 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Plymouth Argyle U18
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Oxford United U18

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U18s Set For League Opener At Plymouth

Youth Alliance League kicks off on Friday

1 August 2019

Oxford United U18s kick off their 2019/20 league season away at Plymouth on Friday (KO 1pm).

The youngsters come off the back of a strong pre-season and will be looking to take the momentum into a tough league opener on the south coast in the Youth Alliance League.

The match is being played at the Plymouth Academy and – like all league games this season for the U18s - is open to the public.

After finishing pre-season with a 1-0 win over Category 2 Academy side Coventry City last week, Lead PDP coach Leon Blackmore-Such told us:

“We start our league campaign on Friday, and we are really looking forward to the boys, now off the back of pre-season, taking the momentum into it. We are excited, it’s a younger group. A lot of the second years are not with us, a couple are injured, and others are playing with the U23s and first team and that’s what this game is about. Hopefully the younger players can see the path and keep progressing the group from there and we can keep pushing the boys through.”

We will have live text commentary on the match on Twitter over on our academy page @AcademyOUFC followed by a match report and reaction right here on the website.

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Match Reports

U18s Begin Season With Loss To Plymouth

Callum Crook goal is not enough as the youngsters rue missed chances

2 August 2019

Oxford United U18s began their Youth Alliance League campaign with a 4-1 loss away at Plymouth Argyle today in a dramatic game that saw three penalties and two red cards in a frustrating game for the youngsters who dominated possession throughout the afternoon.

The match began in typical opening day fashion with both sides lively and eager to make an impression from kick off. A few heavy challenges from both sides went unpunished as the match began with high intensity.

It was the home side who took the lead however, when a forward burst into the area and finished beyond Max Evans with a low strike.

The U’s improved from the early setback and pressed their Plymouth counterparts. The young United side's pressure paid off midway through the first half after they won a penalty from an Argyle handball with the defender being sent off in the process. Leon Chambers-Parillon stepped up but his penalty to the keeper’s right was saved well.

The Pilgirms then doubled their lead shortly after through a fantastic solo goal when a midfielder dribbled into the area round three Oxford defenders and finished well past Evans. Work to do for United, but the young U’s were firmly in with a chance with the extra man.

A change at the break saw striker Crook come on for Jordan Edwards and the youngsters dominated possession in the opening ten minutes of the second half.

Tempers flared on 65 minutes as Jack Stevens was fouled on the wing, resulting in another Plymouth man being shown a red card.

Down to nine men, Plymouth launched their first attack of the half, and a Plymouth forward was adjudged to have been fouled in the area. The chance from the spot was taken and the home side extended their lead.

Minutes later United were awarded a penalty for a similar foul on Crook. Jack Stevens stepped up from the spot but the Plymouth goalkeeper made another fantastic save to deny the U’s.

United continued to dominate possession in the closing stages but failed to make chances. Caught on the break five minutes from time, United conceded a fourth after a Plymouth forward rounded goalkeeper Evans and rolled the ball home.

United did get one back late on through Crook's glancing header but it was a frustrating start to the young U's' season after making the long trip to Plymouth.

UNITED U18s: Evans, Gardner, Johnson, Chambers-Parillon, Barnett-Grant, Jones, Goodrham, Trialist, Edwards, Stevens, Trialist 

Report by Liam Potter

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