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Kick off 13:00 (UK)

02 March 2021 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Oxford United U18
0 - 2
Gillingham U18
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PREVIEW Oxford United U18 v Gillingham U18

Young U's in League Cup quarter final

2 March 2021

Oxford United’s under 18s are in action again this afternoon when they welcome Gillingham to the Oxford Sports Park in the Youth Alliance League Cup.

The young U’s were crowned champions of the South West Division of the Youth Alliance on Saturday following a 2-0 win at Newport County. However there was no time for resting on their laurels and they are immediately back in cup action when they take on the Gills at the quarter final stage of the Cup.

“It’s going to be a good test” coach Chris Hackett told us. “Obviously Gillingham are from another division and we don’t usually play them but we have done our homework and know they are a good side.

“It’s not as though we got carried away after Saturday’s result, we knew there was another big game coming up and we have prepared properly but we will just remind the players that they have set the bar pretty high now and need to go again.”

The game is behind closed doors but we‘ll have a report and Gallery right here at the final whistle.

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Young U's Bow Out of League Cup

Under 18s beaten by Gillingham. Full time report

2 March 2021

Oxford United's under 18s bowed out of the Youth Alliance League Cup this afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Gillingham at the Oxford Sports Park.

Having won their division in the league on Saturday the young U’s found it hard to get going against a slightly older and more experienced Gillingham side who scored late in both halves to go through to face Cambridge in the semi-final.

United fought hard but were behind after 19 minutes when Josh Chambers found space on the edge of the box and fired past keeper Kie Plumley to give the vistors the lead.

The U’s came back and might have levelled before the break when striker Gatlin O’Donkor set off on a run from half way but couldn’t force the ball past the keeper with the outstanding Tyler Goodrham unable to force the loose ball home.

Enrique Tiamuna, one of three under 16s playing up an age group, headed the last chance of the first half over the bar and in the second half United saw a Goodrham effort and a drive from sub Will Owens both go wide before Plumley, who had just made one excellent save, was beaten for the second time when Gerald Sitole headed home to send the Gills through.

A disappointing way to end the first stage of the season for this group who will now divide their time between Under 21 football and the second part of the Youth Alliance season which will see them playing regional games rather than the usual Merit League.

However, despite today’s result they should be very proud of the way they have conducted themselves through a challenging season

Plumley, Sankoh, Nosakhare, Golding, Johnson, Gardner, Anifowose (Coe), Tiamuna (Owens), Smith (Crook), O’Donkor, Goodrham

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Edmunds

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