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12 December 2020 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Swindon Town U18
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Oxford United U18
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PREVIEW Swindon Town U18 v Oxford United U18

Young U's in derby action

11 December 2020

Oxford United's under 18s are in derby action again on Saturday when they travel to Swindon Town.

The U's have been in fine form in the South West division of the EFL Youth Alliance and were boosted this week when Gatlin O'Donkor came on as a sub for the first team to become the club's youngest ever player.

"We were delighted for him" Coach Chris Hackett told us this week. "And for two of our under 21 players, Leon Chambers Parillon who did well when he came on and Nico Jones who looked good in defence.

"Gatlin is a good character and seemed to take everything in his stride on Tuesday. We spotted him at 14 playing for his local side in Reading and we asked him to come and have a trial and see how it went. He has gone on from there and this season we have regularly been asking our under 16s to step up an age group and push themselves in the under 18 side because we think that will bring them through that little bit quicker.

"It will be a difficult game for us on Saturday. There is always an extra edge to a derby but hopefully we can go there and get another decent result."

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REPORT Swindon Town U18 1 Oxford United U18 4

Youth Team win away at local rivals

12 December 2020

Oxford United U18s continued their impressive run of form today with a deserved 4-1 win away at Swindon Town in the EFL Youth Alliance.

Playing at Stanley Park, Chippenham due to ongoing Covid restrictions across the region, the young Yellows who started with eight first year scholars in their line up came flying out of the blocks and took the lead on 4 minutes when some clever interplay down the right resulted in a deep cross which winger Will Owens headed home from close range.

With tackles flying in, and the intensity of the yellows matching the occasion, combative midfielder Mac Masters was first to pick up a yellow card for a strong challenge on 22 minutes in the middle of the pitch.

A nasty looking ankle injury to Josh Anifowose saw him replaced by fellow first year Elijah Coe midway through the half but Leon Blackmore-Such and Chris Hackett’s Young side continued to have the better of the play.

Half time saw left-back Sam Johnson make his return from injury and the cultured second year slotted into central midfield alongside captain Jack Gardner.

Shortly after the break Owens doubled the Yellows' lead with another powerful header this time from a second phase set play that saw Coe cross deep to the back post.

Swindon, who were struggling to cope with Oxford’s energy and intensity, pulled one back on 60 minutes against the run of play but the Yellows put the game to bed in the last 15minutes with two goals from U16s striker Gatlin O’Donkor who came of the bench to see the game out.

A late cameo from U16 midfielder Enrique Tiamuna and a red card on 90mins for Owens completed the action - another impressive performance from the young squad whose attention now turns to Tuesday where they take on Yeovil at home in a fixture rearranged from earlier in the season.

Line Up: Brearey, Watt (Tiamuna), Nosakhare, Golding, Grant, Anifowose (Coe), Masters (Johnson), Gardner (c), Smith, Owens, Crook (O’Donkor). Unused sub Niemczycki.

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